How Australia will look in 2050

 THESE startling images reveal what Australia's "population galaxy" will look like if current trends prevail and we reach 40 million by 2050

Biting back at deadly snake trade

A ROGUE breeder of the world's deadliest snake is believed to be operating in NSW

Telstra plans $25m carbon tax slug

The proposed $1 charge will be a one-off, but households could end up paying more because the fee will be levied on individual broadband, fixed line and mobile services

Parking fines lining the council coffers with gold

SYDNEY City has driven back from the edge of bankruptcy to become the richest council in the state - on the back of parking fines and fees

Jail for man who ran internet sex scam and tricked women into having sex with him

A MAN who masqueraded as sex industry representatives so he could trick young and attractive women into performing nude acts on webcam

Livestock theft costs farmers millions

THOUSANDS of sheep and cattle are being stolen across the state costing farmers millions of dollars

Soldiers fighting for life after truck rolls over at Holsworthy army base

TWO soldiers involved in a truck rollover inside Holsworthy Army Base are fighting for life

Coalition joins talks on risky refugees

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and his opposition counterpart Scott Morrison are due to sit down early this week to work out the details

Heat is on solar-powered homes

AUSTRALIA'S 800,000 solar-powered homes should be slugged more to plug into the main electricity grid

Thousands to rally against live exports

THOUSANDS of protesters have begun rallying across the country as part of a campaign to ban live animal exports

Gay marriage 'conclusively' defeated

THE gay marriage debate had been "conclusively won" and the matter was "settled", a Liberal frontbencher told a Christian lobby group today

Homeowners short-changed $400 million on mortgages

AUSTRALIA'S biggest banks stand to pocket about $440 million in the next year after failing to pass on the full Reserve Bank interest rate cut

Grocery prices on the rise as organised gang steal meat and beauty products

GROCERY prices are rising because organised crime gangs are stealing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of meat and beauty products every year

Single mums to rally over payment cuts

WELFARE groups are furious the federal government is pushing ahead with plans to shift 100,000 single mums off parenting payments

Car uses technology to read your mind

TOYOTA has unveiled a single-seat city car that monitors your face to help predict what you’ll want to do next

Millions of mortgage holders in limbo as the big banks refuse to pass on interest rate cut

AUSTRALIA'S four million mortgage holders are in limbo as the big banks refuse to pass on yesterday's interest rate cut

Rookwood a cemetery by any other name

The cemetery has put a call out for help from the public following a overhaul that has seen the separate Anglican, general, independent, Jewish and Muslim trusts amalgamated

Five dead in highway smash tragedy

Five people have died in a collision between a car and truck on the Bruce Highway in central Queensland this afternoon

Melbourne Storm beat Canterbury Bulldogs in 2012 NRL grand final

FINALLY, Melbourne have won a premiership no-one can question. The Storm can party like they did in 1999

Labor vows to introduce drink-driver interlocks

ACT Labor has vowed to boost police presence on Canberran roads