Dam levels reduced, record for Rocky

SOUTHEAST Queensland is bracing itself for its worst weather event since 2011, prompting a rush release of millions of litres of drinking water from major dams

Hate speech warning as Dutch MP Geers Wilders faces protests

CONTROVERSIAL anti-Islamic Dutch MP Geers Wilders will face protests from Muslims and others in Melbourne next month

Mozzies set to feast on beer drinkers

HUNGRY mosquitoes will be flying straight for the beer drinkers this weekend as punters brace themselves for the worst insect conditions all summer

$44m bid to recognise councils

ABOUT $44 million of taxpayer funds will be spent on a referendum to decide if councils should be included in the Australian constitution

Rudd prompts renewed video probe

THE Australian Federal Police is still talking to potential witnesses over the leaking of a video featuring an angry, swearing Kevin Rudd, after additional people were identified by the former prime minister

Man dies in Sydney shopping centre

Police are appealing for information after a man died after being found unconscious in a car park in Sydney's inner west on Tuesday afternoon

rime Minister Julia Gillard's 'captain's pick' for Northern Territory Senate spot causes dissent

JULIA Gillard's surprise move to install former Olympian Nova Peris in Labor's No.1 Northern Territory Senate spot has caused a backlash within the Government.

Rebels begin Idlib liberation, Regime fires Scuds on Damascus suburbs

Rebel fighters killed and injured a number of regime soldiers as they launched a major offensive on the north-western city of Idlib

HOUSE prices in Australia remain among the most unaffordable in the developed world.

The annual Demographia survey describes house prices in Australia - based on price to income - as "vastly overpriced", with southeast Queensland scoring poorly

A quarter of uni debts won't be repaid

ALMOST a quarter of university student loans owed to the government is not expected to ever be repaid, a new report says

Knowing the Obeids is a tricky business

PERHAPS Joseph Georges was hoping for some kind of divine intervention as he raised his eyes to heaven at the first difficult question

$158m health black hole

THE state's health budget has been slashed by more than $150 million, with unions saying the cuts will put basic services and critical care at risk

Car rego rockets as greenslips jump $50

Compulsory third party insurance is paid from the annual greenslip car registration bill to compensate anyone injured in a motor vehicle crash where they are not at fault for the accident

Students facing funding black hole

EVERY school student would miss out on $1500 each under the current education funding system over the next five years

Vodafone backs down after backlash

VODAFONE will stop charging prepaid customers for data use in 1MB blocks after a public backlash over pricing

West is leading auction revival

Some areas of the western suburbs are now outperforming the city's east, thanks to using the east's weapon of choice - the auction

Stolen weapons arm city's criminal gangs

MORE than 10 guns a week have been stolen from NSW homes over the past six months, prompting fears they fell into the hands of criminals

Gates shut on a criminal era as parts of Long Bay jail close

THE Razor Gang girls Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine spent time in its cells and it was on bank robber Russell "Mad Dog" Cox's "I've escaped from there" list

Peak hour thrown into traffic chaos

PEAK hour traffic out of the city has been thrown into chaos after two separate accidents on the Harbour Bridge this afternoon.

Australia braces for shocking weather conditions

FIREFIGHTERS are bracing for a return of horror bushfire conditions today with temperatures set to top 40C in large parts of southern and eastern Australia