Last Updated: March 07, 2015

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Lost Trades on show in Kyneton

TRADIES from across Australia will gather in Kyneton this weekend for the second annual Lost Trades Fair.

Is tainted food hitting our shores?

Peaches. Fruit. Halved. Generic image. (Thinkstock)

EXTRA testing of imported peaches has been ordered amid claims potentially dangerous lead levels are slipping into the country.

Hot dam! That is one cool photo

Hot dam! That is one cool photo

THE prize for the best student photo in the world will be fought over by talented snappers across the world, including Wagga Wagga.

Another top public servant quits

 You Yangs works. Parks Victoria CEO Bill Jackson looks over the You Yangs.

PARKS Victoria boss Bill Jackson has resigned.

Victoria to enjoy Indian summer

ROCK BUS - Auburn Botanic Gardens

VICTORIANS should expect an Indian summer this autumn with warmer-than-average days and nights.

Ignore El Niño chatter

Ignore El Niño chatter

WHAT’S happening in your own paddock is more important than climate model predictions.

Hard times in the bush for NSW

 Train line where grain and wheat are currently transported along (just outside of Dubbo).

CITY people who complain about their transport shouldn’t, Deputy Premier Troy Grant has said on his pre-election tour of rural NSW.

Health access divides town

HAMILTON is a city divided when it comes to country ­patients accessing travel assistance to visit medical specialists.

Koala takes a stroll in Portland

Koala takes a stroll in Portland

A KOALA has been caught on camera sauntering down the main street of a Victorian coastal town.

Clearer labels on the table

SPC Sliced Peaches

SMALL business told to embrace a clearer country-of-origin labelling to end “misleading” claims of rivals.

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Muir breaks Senate silence

Senate Chamber

REVHEAD Senator Ricky Muir has slammed the Government for being out of touch in his maiden speech to Parliament.

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Fears for men missing in treacherous waters

Fears for men missing in treacherous waters

UPDATE: RESCUERS say they are facing an uphill battle in the search for two men missing in waters off the Mornington Peninsula.

A million reasons to love bachelor John

Keno winner

WINNING the lottery hasn’t changed much about John Howard. The instant millionaire won’t even leave his bachelor pad in a caravant park - but he’d like a bride to share it with.

Labor stalls on rail upgrade promise

Kate Roffey CEO of Committee of Melbourne at MCG overlooking Melbourne skyline

A $2 BILLION upgrade of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridor is yet to be adopted by the Andrews Government weeks after a revised plan was submitted by the project proponent.

How doctors rebuilt Sven’s crushed skull

Sven Cooper

SVEN Cooper has staggered doctors with his miracle survival from a freak accident that saw his skull smashed by a falling tree in one of Victoria’s most popular holiday spots.

Cyclists ride for man killed on Sydney Rd

Bike ride for Alberto

THOUSANDS of cyclists rode along Sydney Rd tonight in memory of the Italian national who was killed in a dooring incident last week.

First 100 days: Andrews ploughs on

Premier & Minister for Transport to Doorstop

IN HIS first 100 days, Premier Daniel Andrews has accomplished much but has not been able to put to bed — no matter how much he may want to — the East West Link issue.

Baird’s real estate pricing crackdown


REAL estate agents will be banned from advertising ­“offers over” a price and face a crackdown if they advertise a lower price than they promised the seller, under an election pledge by Premier Mike Baird.

Former premier Bob Carr crashes debate

Former Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegwaw

FORMER Labor premier Bob Carr told students at a university Labor Club function this week he should have been allowed to privatise the electricity networks in 1997.

Battered ex avoids jail, weeps with relief

Jessica Silva

DOMESTIC violence victim Jessica Silva wept uncontrollably with relief in the Supreme Court yesterday when she found out she would avoid jail time for the manslaughter of her abusive ­ex-boyfriend.

Stunning simulation shows how Barangaroo will look


VIDEO FLYOVER: Legendary architect Renzo Piano will bring his design flair to three new luxury towers to be built near James Packer’s high rollers casino resort at Barangaroo.

Hope for boy who lost parents to suicide

Hope for boy who lost parents to suicide

LACHLAN De Vries’ life took a tragic turn when his parents took their own lives due to depression. But the eight-year-old has hope for the future thanks to his mum’s fiance, who wants to adopt him.

Bali terrorist bomber freed on parole

Bali terrorist bomber freed on parole

ONE of the terrorists behind the 2005 Bali bombings has been released on parole after serving just half his original prison sentence.

Undo Campbell... state de-Newman-ised

Annasatcia Palaszczuk

GOING, going, gone... Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor Government is undoing some of the key initiatives of the former Newman government.

Get out of jail free card from Palaszczuk

Get out of jail free card from Palaszczuk

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk’s Government is considering a potentially controversial plan that could see more criminals stay on the streets.

He is the law... meet our ‘Judge Dread’

HIT: Stills from Dredd 3D.

HE MIGHT not be judge, jury and executioner, but Queensland police love him and criminals loathe him.

Missing man naked in stranger’s home

Missing man naked in stranger’s home

A MOTHER has made an emotional appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of her son as bizarre details about the last time he was seen have emerged.

Another cyclone in the making?

'Calamity' fears as massive Australian cyclone roars ashore

FORECASTERS are keeping a weather eye on a tropical low over the Pacific Islands that could potentially develop into a cyclone.

All-boys school’s gay date stoush

Exterior of Anglican Church Grammar School ( Churchie ) - for a story on taking same sex partners to school formals

A STUDENT at an all-male Brisbane school has been advised to “keep with tradition” when it comes to the formal, which is seen as a chance to “interact with young ladies”.

Rau signals huge legal system shake-up

Parliament Question Time

RADICAL changes to the state’s justice system are planned to cut backlogs, reduce court time, and cut the number of serious criminal matters withdrawn or downgraded.

Leading ladies - SA women to watch

Women - up and coming

TO celebrate International Women’s Day, our team of experts have compiled a list of women who will help shape the future of our city and state.

Bikie only armed with meat pie before assault, court hears

Bikie trial

THE only thing a Finks bikie armed himself with before the alleged brutal bashing of a fellow, senior member was a “meat pie”, a court has heard.

Foo fight against Soundwave boss heats up

Rise Against & Foo Fighters

PROMOTER Frontier Touring has weighed into the war of words between Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Adelaide-sledging Soundwave boss AJ Maddah.

Body of man recovered in waters off Granite Island

Body of man recovered in waters off Granite Island

POLICE divers have found the body of a man who went missing in waters off Granite Island while fishing.

Pub staff face court over drunk customer who crashed into tree

Pub staff face court over drunk customer who crashed into tree

A COUNTRY pub is being prosecuted for serving a man who later crashed into a tree and died with a blood-alcohol level almost six times the legal limit.

Hi-tech buses to replace light rail

Hi-tech buses to replace light rail

THE Barnett Government’s $2.5 billion light rail election promise would be dumped and replaced with a rapid bus transit system under new plans set to go before Cabinet. COMMENT:You can’t help but be sceptical

Leeming High evacuated during bushfire

Leeming High evacuated during bushfire

STUDENTS were evacuated from classrooms after a bushfire broke out in scrub near Leeming Senior High School.

Man attacked at WA detention centre

NEWS Constuction of Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre near Northam Photo Stewart Allen

A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked at an immigration detention centre east of Perth.

Land Council slams Barnett’s abuse claims

Breaking News Breaking News Chairman Anthony Watson invites Colin Barnett to talk real Aboriginal issues

THE Kimberley Land Council hits back at claims of mistreatment of children in remote Aboriginal communities made by Premier Colin Barnett.

Shares fall as iron ore price tumbles

Shares fall as iron ore price tumbles

ANOTHER fall in the iron ore price has delivered a blow to shares for mining companies.

Do you want free burgers for a year?

COVER - Naked Burger

RIBS & Burgers is offering Perth meat lovers a year’s supply of burgers if they can be one of its first 100 customers.

Get set for slide of your life

city slider

WORK began overnight to transform part of Elizabeth St in Hobart into a giant waterslide.

Toilets lift the lid on Hobart’s past

Montpelier Project Update

CHESS pieces made of bone, marbles and a writing slate are some of the items giving archaeologists an insight into early Hobart.

Splash out on aquatic centre

Marti Zucco

AN urgent plea has been made to give the “tired” Hobart Aquatic Centre a facelift.

ANL baulks at Melbourne port plan


TASMANIA’S largest international freight company will consider bypassing the Port of Melbourne if a projected rent rise eventuates.

Wilderness thrill-seekers

Heli Canyoning

THRILL-seekers will be able to jump and abseil down wild waterfalls near Cradle Mountain under a tourism proposal for Tasmania’s wilderness areas.

Hidding confirms wharf up for sale

Triabunna mill

THE State Government has confirmed it will allow Tasports to sell the Triabunna wharf to entrepreneur Graeme Wood, if they can agree on a price.

Fisherman charged over croc deaths

Fisherman charged over croc deaths

A COMMERCIAL fisherman has been charged with abandoning a gill net on Coopers Creek, which resulted in the death of two saltwater crocodiles.

Deal opens bright new era on Tiwi

Tiwi Islands

MORE than 10,000ha of indigenous land on the Tiwi Islands will be up for grabs for private investment.

Jury cops convict’s sarcasm

Jury cops convict’s sarcasm

A man found guilty of assaulting another with a metal bar has congratulated the jury as they left the courtroom.

Top End aircrew depart to fight ISIS

Top End aircrew depart to fight ISIS

TERRITORY-based air force personnel and fighter jets are on their way to the Middle East to join the Australian operation to combat ISIS.

Delia rumbles get louder

Delia Lawrie arriving in court

A LABOR MP has thrown fuel on the leadership fire by refusing to publicly support leader Delia Lawrie.

Plea to get dad back home

Supplied Editorial

A RETIRED Darwin schoolteacher has suffered severe brain injuries in Thailand, and now his only daughter is fighting to bring him home.

Corio dad kicks weight loss goals

Diabetes run

THIS Corio dad is returning to play in his first footy season since 1996 after losing 60kg. He shares his fitness story here.

Five must haves from camping show


LONG gone are the days when camping meant pitching a tent and sitting around a campfire — there’s a bunch of new gadgets on offer.

Industry declares war on Panama threat

Industry declares war on Panama threat

THE Far Northern banana industry has declared war on Panama disease, which threatens to devastate the region’s whole economy.

Plane bound for Century Mine makes emergency landing

Giant jet engines of modern military transport plane. Generic image.

A PLANE bound for Century Mine near Mount Isa has been forced to make an emergency landing due to suspected engine trouble.

Clearer labels on the table

SPC Sliced Peaches

SMALL business told to embrace a clearer country-of-origin labelling to end “misleading” claims of rivals.

New Disco dances to the top

New Disco dances to the top

THE Claas Disco 9200 front-and-rear mower combination has been named Machine of the Year.

Hayley and Nam’s new plan

Country Living: Highland Heritage

BEING born on a sinking boat as the child of refugee parents is an experience that tends to shape your world view.

Livestock Doc: Not a scrap of trouble

FARM - PIGS at Corop with Katy Brown

THE dangers of swill feeding and why is it illegal in Australia.