The Reserve Bank and other financial regulators are keen to tame the surge in housing investment activity.
James Hird's appeal has sent the Essendon versus ASADA doping saga into overtime.

NSW woman charged over pen guns

NSW police have charged a young woman who is allegedly part of a syndicate manufacturing and selling pen guns.
A surprise addition to Sydney Opera House's spring line-up is a cheeky seal, which decided to sun itself on the VIP harbour steps.
People wearing burqas and other garments that conceal identity will not be allowed in the regular public galleries at Parliament House in Canberra.
A sixth person has been arrested over the alleged kidnapping and assault in August of an Adelaide man.

Woman arrested over Rees attack

A woman has been arrested after former premier Nathan Rees was allegedly attacked at a shopping centre in Sydney's west.
General David Hurley has officially succeeded Dame Marie Bashir as the 38th Governor of NSW.
An emergency declaration put in place around a Cairns service station following reports of a gas leak has been revoked.
A surfer has lost both arms in a shark attack in waters off Esperance in Western Australia, the Royal Flying Doctor Service has confirmed.
Suspected voter fraud in last year's election in the key seat of Indi will be investigated by police, after it was found laws may have been broken.
A vet is warning of the possibility of a rabies outbreak in the Northern Territory. 
An Australian smartphone app is helping heart attack survivors stay healthy by bringing vital rehabilitation to the home.
Mouayed Saleh, Iraq's ambassador to Australia, says he's not aware of any obstacles to Australian military aircraft starting bombing raids.
Ian Turnbull, the 79-year-old farmer accused of murdering environment officer Glen Turner, has been refused bail in the NSW Supreme Court.

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