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The HIH crash: who knew what and when did they know it?

The rush is on for a beachside lifestyle...but in the drive for a sea-change are we in danger of loving our beaches to death? Australia's coastline is under pressure as never before.

In August 2007 an unfamiliar expression appeared in the Australia media. A "subprime mortgage crisis" was unfolding in the United States.

They can't rip it out fast enough.

What do you do when you've lost your job, lost your home and you have three kids to feed? You end up in a motel cooking, eating and sleeping in one room at the taxpayer's expense.

While politicians clash noisily over global warming and how to fight it, millions of Australians are trying modestly to cut their energy use, to be a small part of a big solution.

The Liverpool Plains in northern New South Wales has been called the food-bowl of Australia, the nation's most fertile agricultural land.

Australia may be one of the most internet-connected countries on earth, with a super-fast broadband network on the way.

When sordid tales of sex and money and development deals spilled out of the Wollongong anti-corruption hearings, Labor luminaries dashed for cover.

Mortgages doled out to people on disability support pensions; loans to refugees with no English and no jobs that leave their families with next to nothing to live on; home loans so large they push