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A whale of a weekend in Jervis Bay

Try your hand at snorkelling.

Josephine Huynh 11:45pm With some of the world's whitest sands and water as clear as glass, Jervis Bay is a nature lovers' paradise only two and a half hours from Canberra.

Historic

Freemasons Victoria sells Masonic sites in Brunswick, Camberwell

The 91-year-old temple at 12 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell, is a local landmark.

MARC PALLISCO 1:57pm Freemasons Victoria's two recent sales are the latest in a string for the fraternity.

Additions

Aussie buyers drink to the idea of cellars

Wine Cellar at 1/36 Murphy Street, South Yarra.

MARC PALLISCO 10:57am Custom vaults are the new thing on wish-lists.

Choice of materials in house construction tailored for individual clients

The Brighton Escape architecture by G.A.B.B.E.

Amelia Barnes 10:41am Architects are being commissioned to design homes that use materials in ways that reflect clients' personalities.

Affordability

Tiny house movement sparks interest in Australia

Thinking small: James Galletly and his house,

Amelia Barnes 10:22am Small houses offer an alternative way of living as Australian house prices continue to climb.

Making it pay in the backyard

Slightly surreal: The Tardis by Edwards Moore architects is a multi-functional structure.

Jenny Brown 5:43pm A new trend is seeing increasing numbers of empty-nesters developing new property options in their own backyards.

Michael Thawley: the delicate dance awaiting Prime Minister and Cabinet's new secretary

MAIN MAN: The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's new head, Michael Thawley.

Richard Mulgan 12:15am Opinion The Abbott government has shown no sign of seriously threatening the APS's non-partisan professionalism.

The physio who backed himself

Andrew Ronchi

Nigel Bowen Andrew Ronchi is destined to be Australia's wearable tech superstar.

Fish poisoning: Spanish mackerel case a 'wake-up call' for spread of deadly toxins

Researcher Shauna Murray, from the University of Technology, Sydney, has detected marine microalgae gambierdiscus as far south as Merimbula for the first time.

PETER HANNAM 3:00pm The after effects of a meal of Spanish mackerel meant months of pain and persistent nerve damage in this extraordinary case of food poisoning.

Gift Guide

Home design books give inspiration for Christmas

Hans Blomquist

Jenny Brown 1:11pm Design book shelves - the Christmas gift list.

Man flees fatal crash in Sydney

5:22am A man fled the scene of an accident which killed a Sydney woman.

Sore Burns set for Boxing Day Test

Darren Walton and Rob Forsaith 5:03am Joe Burns says a body blow from Brisbane Heat quick Dirk Nannes won't stop him from making a dream debut for Australia in the Boxing Day Test.

No room for Sydney FC passengers: Arnie

Steve Zemek 5:01am Coach Graham Arnold has challenged his Sydney FC players to show some spirit or leave the A-League club.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali hospitalised with pneumonia

Hospitalised: Boxing great Muhammad Ali is expected make a full recovery.

4:44am Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for three decades, was in a stable condition after being hospitalised with a "mild" case of pneumonia, his spokesman said on Saturday.

Man to pay $1.6 million to victims of credit card fraud

4:26am A Toronto man stole the identities of 38,000 people in a massive credit card fraud scheme described by prosecutors as high-tech bank robbery.

Cairns mum charged with murder in court

3:33am A Cairns mother charged with murdering eight children in a suburban home has been formally excused from appearing at a court hearing on the matter.

Reshuffle will refocus govt: Abbott

3:33am The new ministry will put jobs and families at the heart of the government's agenda, the prime minister says.

Monis wife's bail to be reviewed

3:33am Bail for the wife of the gunman killed in Sydney's siege will be reviewed after the NSW attorney-general expressed concerns she wasn't in custody.

Obama says Sony hack was not an act of war but 'cyber vandalism'

'We will respond

3:16am US President Barack Obama moved to prevent US anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.

Police officer shot and killed in Florida

3:09am A man has shot and killed a Florida police officer.

Milan may be home for Christmas

SURGERY SUCCESS: The horrendous scars show the extent of the surgery carried out on Milan last week.

OLIVIA WANNAN 3:00am After undergoing her second brain surgery, Milan Ellis, 4, hopes to be home for Christmas.

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Four militants hanged in Pakistan, more executions to come

Supporters of Pakistan's MQM political party call for harsh measures against the Taliban at a rally in Karachi on Friday.

2:52am Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last week.

Elton John weds partner of 21 years, David Furnish

Just married: Elton John and long time partner David Furnish tied the knot in a small ceremony attended by friends David Beckham and Hugh Grant.

2:48am British pop superstar Elton John has married long-time partner David Furnish in Windsor, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with David Beckham and actor Hugh Grant among the guests.

Video shows Boko Haram killing captives in Nigeria

A hunter who took part in an operation against Boko Haram earlier this month.

Haruna Umar 2:09am A Boko Haram video shows gunmen shooting civilians lying face down, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers.

Jessica Rudd: Our grief is not our whole story

The trinkets for eight children found dead in Cairns on Friday.

JESSICA RUDD 1:00am You don't need me to tell you that 2014's 50th week is the hot contender for its ghastliest.

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Retailers hail best Christmas shopping since GFC

Shoppers are forking out for Christmas presents in a way not seen since before the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.

KIM STEPHENS 1:00am Queensland retailers have shaken off the doldrums to enjoy their best Christmas sales results in years.

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Possible Christmas Day showers for Brisbane

Christmas day should have enough sunshine for new bikes to get a workout.

1:00am Christmas morning should be mostly sunny across Brisbane, according to the Austrlian Bureau of Meteorology.

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Finally some good news as missing family found

Ethan and Timothy Van Lonkhuyzen were missing with their father in outback Queensland.

KIM STEPHENS 1:00am As the search for missing Brisbane man Steven Van Lonkhuyzen and his two young sons entered its eleventh day on Sunday, the outlook was unmistakeably grim.

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Grief takes hold as investigation continues

A woman reacts during a church service to remember eight children who were allegedly stabbed to death by their mother in the Cairns suburb of Manoora,

1:00am As a community grieves, police have indicated the full investigation in to the death of eight children in a Cairns house will take a long time.