Last Updated: December 22, 2014

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Free-range fix on agenda

EGG farmers need clear dir­ection to meet “free range” def­initions, Small Business Minister Bruce Billson says.

ATV recreational group welcomed

ATV users band together

UPDATE: ATV manufacturers have welcomed the formation of a new body to push the interests of recreational users.

Coles hit with $11.25 million in fines

Coles logo

UPDATE: COLES has agreed to pay $11.25 million in fines and costs after admitting to “unconscionable conduct” against suppliers.

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Coles ordered to pay $10m

Coles to pay $10m for squeezing suppliers

COLES will pay $10 million in penalties for its “deliberate, orchestrated and relentless” plan to profit by squeezing money from smaller suppliers.

Accused firebug arrested

Fire at Lindsay Park Euroa

A MAN accused of being one of Victoria’s worst firebugs is behind bars ahead of what authorities warn could be a devastating bushfire season.

ATV death toll rises to 15

Border Patrol Agents Monitor U.S. Mexico Border

ATVS have claimed 15 lives this year in a mix of farm-related and recreational activities.

RET deal warning

RET deal warning

CONSUMERS face electricity price rises unless a deal is done on the future of the RET.

Cattlemen fired up as trial axed

MOUNTAIN cattlemen say rational discussion about alpine grazing’ has “gone out the window”.

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'Nobody is out here any more'

Western Drought

LESTER Cain likes "life on the edge".

Beauty treatment for ugly spuds

Daly spuds

A MARION Bay family has created a new use for 60 tonnes of potatoes deemed not pretty enough to sell.

Tractor, hay baler destroyed by fire

eden hills fire.

A HEADER fire at Linwood in the Mid North has spread to a tractor, hay baler and 5ha of crop, causing an estimated $500,000 damage.

Coles to pay $10m for squeezing suppliers

Coles to pay $10m for squeezing suppliers

COLES will pay $10 million in penalties for its “deliberate, orchestrated and relentless” plan to profit by squeezing money from smaller suppliers.

New mums evacuated as Epworth floods

Epworth Evacuation

UPDATE: SURGERIES have been cancelled at the Epworth Freemasons after three levels of the Melbourne hospital were flooded yesterday.

Vlahos gave wife $3.5m as punters lost

Bill Vlahos back in Melbourne

FALLEN racing tycoon Bill Vlahos used an account linked to his gambling club for “winnings” and “household expenses” to pay his wife almost $3.5 million, a bankruptcy report reveals.

Miracle bundle brings Christmas joy

Cancer mum thanks Victoria for Ava's future

THE tiny bub who has captured hearts worldwide will spend her first Christmas in hospital - but her parents are just grateful to have her.

Dentist pulled out teeth without consent

Generic pic of a dentist's head seen through a patient's open mouth while he checks the patient's teeth for cavities.

A DOWN-in-the-mouth dentist who extracted wisdom teeth and performed root canal work on patients without their consent has been deregistered for six months.

Family want answers over girl’s death

Gowanbrae drowning

A GRIEVING Melbourne family are demanding answers over the death of their daughter, 3, saying paramedics took too long to reach them.

Dad ‘attacked’ ambos saving his son’s legs

Dad ‘attacked’ ambos saving his son’s legs

THE father of a teen who had his legs severed by a locomotive has allegedly attacked the ambulance vehicle there to save his son.

Droudis’s bail revoked, hauled to jail

Amirah Drudis

THE court has just revoked the bail for Amirah Droudis, wife of Sydney siege gunman Monis, with sheriffs taking her immediately into custody. Judge Henson found there was “an unacceptable risk” Droudis may fail to appear in court in February.

Muslims split on how to bury killer’s body

Sheik Man Haron Monis holds a press conference after leaving Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney. The Sheik is banned from c...

THE body of Lindt cafe terrorist Man Haron Monis is expected to be released to his next of kin, now that the autopsy is completed.

Now Morrison vows to stop the bludgers

Scott Morrison

THE man who stopped the boats yesterday declared he will now stop the bludgers. In a sweeping cabinet reshuffle, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison will now be tasked with putting rorters back to work.

The latest bikie gang to hit Sydney

Mohammad Qais Niazy, new outlaw motorcycle gang Afghani Murderers.

A NEW bikie gang calling themselves the Afghani Murderers has emerged in Western Sydney, aiming to fill the void left by the decimated notorious Brothers for Life gang.

Final minutes of deadly Sydney siege

Final minutes of deadly Sydney siege

SIEGE gunman Man Haron Monis was shot dead beneath the black Islamic flag he made hostages pin up in the Lindt Cafe in an operation that lasted just 39 seconds. WARNING: Confronting video footage.

Christmas miracle as dad, boys found alive

Christmas miracle as dad, boys found alive

A FATHER and his two sons have been found starving but alive after at least 10 days bogged in an Outback Queensland national park.

Massacre accused making life changes

Baby Rodney Warria was certainly in a hurry to enter the world. Not only was he born four days early, but he cou...

AS A Cairns mother faces murder charges over the deaths of seven of her children and a niece, details have emerged of changes she made in her personal and home life in recent months.

‘Nobody is out here any more’

Western Drought

HE AND his wife are the last remaining residents of a tiny speck on the edge of a former prehistoric sea. And he’s counting down the doomsday clock.

Police oppose bail for murder accused mum

Police oppose bail for murder accused mum

POLICE say they will oppose bail for the Cairns woman charged with murdering seven of her children and a niece.

Children betrayed by their mother

Children betrayed by their mother

ONE was quiet and shy. Another, a cheeky practical joker. There was the tomboy who liked to wear pink, and the gorgeous toddler ‘Baby Girl’. The house was filled with love and laughter. Until the day their home became one of unspeakable horror.

Four boys, four girls to five fathers

Baby Rodney Warria was certainly in a hurry to enter the world. Not only was he born four days early, but he co...

FIVE fathers have lost children in the Cairns massacre, which claimed four boys and four girls aged 2 to 14. The father of one of the female victims had planned to see her for her birthday today.

Treasurer facing a $254m Budget black hole

Question Time

TREASURER Tom Koutsantonis will have to fill a State Budget black hole of at least $254 million because of a federal health funding cut and the scrapped city carpark tax.

Four men jailed for life over street murder

Silhouette of weight scales of justice.

FOUR men who killed a father-of-three during a “grossly disproportionate” reaction to an argument about urinating on a fence will each spend at least 20 years behind bars.

Second death on SA roads in 24 hours

Second death on SA roads in 24 hours

A SECOND person has died on the state’s roads within 24 hours as police plead with motorists to take care to stop more families spending Christmas without a loved one.

Young motorists admit to taking selfies while driving

selfie while driving

YOUNG motorists admit they are taking selfie photographs or videos with their smartphones - and even uploading them to social media - while driving.

Our high-achievers who think they can control ice

Supplied Entertainment The drug ice being smoked by an addict

SOARING use of the drug ice could be because high-achieving young professionals believe they can regulate their use of the substance to avoid addiction, new Adelaide research shows.

Never underestimate school mums

Crowd funding mum

THE big-hearted school mums of Woodend Primary are helping fellow mum Kerry Briggs as she deals with terminal cancer, including using a crowd-funding website to raise $20,000 in two weeks.

Man dies in high-speed police chase

Man dies Ballajura crash

A MAN in his 30s has died after a high-speed police chase ended in tragedy in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs.

$250,000 fire at Tradewinds Hotel

Tradewinds Hotel fire

GUESTS were evacuated from their rooms as a $250,000 fire damaged the popular Tradewinds hotel in Fremantle.

Perth brothers freed after Bali glassing

Perth brothers freed after Bali glassing

TWO West Australian brothers accused of glassing a restaurateur in Bali have dodged four years in jail after the victim revoked his report and are heading home.

Em-barking on the trip of a lifetime

Em-barking on the trip of a lifetime

LAST week, The Sunday Times revealed the homeless hounds from the state’s North-West were in desperate need of a lift to Perth. Now, dozens of dogs are having their day. | COMMUNITY SPIRIT

WA brothers face years in Bali jail

WA brothers face years in Bali jail

TWO WA brothers face four years jail in Bali, accused of glassing a local restaurateur after urinating in front of him while on a drunken night out.

Life of luxury for Elizabeth Quay

Life of luxury for Elizabeth Quay

EXCLUSIVE ELIZABETH Quay apartments will feature electronic “winter garden” glass-enclosed balconies, in what is believed to be an Australian-first.

Fire threat to pine plantation

new tankers for the TFS. two of the new tankers at the Cambridge Engineering Service

WATERBOMBING helicopters are being used in efforts to contain a fire in a pine plantation at Seven Mile Beach.

The great train-set robbery

Toy World

POLICE are on the hunt for a sack full of stolen goods after gang of heartless thieves tunnelled into Moonah’s Toyworld store.

Concerns at cycling danger spot

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COMMUNITY groups will lobby the Government for safety improvements to the Channel Highway at Bonnet Hill.

Trailer firm slides into new role

Giant sleds for Antarctica

TASMANIA is providing specialist engineering to keep France’s snow trains in the Antarctic running.

Sea Shepherd activists told to lay off

Bob Barker

ECO warrior group Sea Shepherd has been warned that staging citizen’s arrests on the high seas will not help authorities convict poachers.

Smoke-free Bill gains support

Smoke-free generation

TASMANIA will see an ­immediate increase in healthy pregnancies and ­babies if legislation for a tobacco-free generation is adopted.

Dad ‘attacked’ ambos saving his son’s legs

Dad ‘attacked’ ambos saving his son’s legs

THE father of a teen who had his legs severed by a locomotive has allegedly attacked the ambulance vehicle there to save his son.

Mates involved in fatal crash

Under 18 training. Mitchell Russell in the ice bath with the temperature set on 10 degrees.

The vehicle involved in the horrific crash that took the life of Mitchell Russell was driven by his own mate.

A role model for troubled kids

Motorcycle crash

Mitchell Russell’s family have remembered him as a role model for troubled kids.

Police still digging for remains

Police still digging for remains

FORENSIC investigators are more than a metre deep beneath the ground in what they believe is the grave of missing woman Carlie Sinclair.

Car yards hit by rego holiday

Robert Charles tests out the new technology - New technology unveiled to ease pain of increase rego

Santa may not be delivering new cars to Territorians this Christmas after the Government moved to shut the Motor Vehicle Registry offices from Christmas Day until January 2.

Hot model in ugly NT snubbing

The Girl from NT

A PROUD Territorian model has been forced to deny her roots in order to take part in a tourism pageant.

Christmas vandals’ third strike

xmas display destroyed

A GEELONG family is determined to keep the Christmas spirit alive despite vandals attacking their extensive lights display for the third year running.

Revealed: Coast’s worst ‘rat runs’

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A TRAFFIC nightmare on Gold Coast roads is turning suburban streets into busy thoroughfares.

Accused ‘making life changes’

Baby Rodney Warria was certainly in a hurry to enter the world. Not only was he born four days early, but he cou...

AS A mother faces murder charges over the deaths of seven of her children and a niece, details have emerged of changes she made in her life in recent months.

Four boys, four girls to five fathers

Baby Rodney Warria was certainly in a hurry to enter the world. Not only was he born four days early, but he co...

FIVE fathers have lost children in the Cairns massacre, which claimed four boys and four girls aged 2 to 14. The father of one of the female victims had planned to see her for her birthday today.

RET deal warning

RET deal warning

CONSUMERS face electricity price rises unless a deal is done on the future of the RET.

Harvest pulls up stumps

Harvest pulls up stumps

IN TERMS of an introduction to bush cricket, there is nothing like it.

LFP sold to Parmalat

Holstein cow with tongue sticking out

THE boss of Longwarry Food Park said selling the business to Parmalat would enable it to grow faster.

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

GT hoe in blitz at Bathurst

THE JCB GT backhoe was recently crowned the fastest digger after reaching speeds of more than 116km/h.

Jingles keeps trucking

JINGLES: Graeme Neal aka 'Jingles' Livestock carrier from Swan Reach.

OWNING 14 trucks in 73 years might seem like a lot to some but to Jingles Neal it’s not nearly enough.