The sight of Telstra payphones on city footpaths and in country towns will be a fixture for the next 20 years after a historical shift in the way payphones are funded in Australia.
Thousands of lives have been thrown into chaos by the big wet, writes Rory Callinan.
STUTTERERS devise tricks to disguise their problem - chivalrously opening a restaurant door to allow a dinner date to field the waiter's questions, or feigning being busy at work to dodge a phone call. But when people asked Chris Gerraty his surname over the phone, the 48-year-old guitar teacher would just hang up.
THE AUSTRALIAN Customs and Border Protection Service needs ''massive reforms'' to confront corruption and organised crime, according to the Home Affairs Minister, Jason Clare, who has also vowed that officials involved in graft will be ripped ''out by the throat''.
THE accused murderer Malcolm Naden, once the state's most wanted man, will face a hearing next month to decide whether he is mentally fit for trial.
CONSUMERS may be faced with rising fresh food prices after the Queensland and NSW floods.
While a breast cancer diagnosis is no longer seen as a death sentence because of advances in treatment, advocates remain frustrated by poor outcomes in aggressive triple-negative cases.
Tokyo has demanded action by the federal government against Sea Shepherd conservationists in response to a complaint over the incursion of a Japanese whalers' ship into Australian waters.
Federal Labor is reeling from the arrest of its former MP Craig Thomson on fraud charges, but the NSW corruption inquiry, centred on whether Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid and his family enriched themselves through insider knowledge, continues to cast a pall over Labor's chances of re-election. With Obeid finally due to appear on Monday, will the inquiry get its man?
The ''store wars'' between Myer and David Jones has a new front, with Myer snapping up one of DJs' most recognisable catwalk faces for its winter fashion shows.