Where Bunnings is a dirty word 

Stephanie Wood 7:21 PM   Andy Bernardos has run McKenzie's Hardware in Surry Hills since 1979. But its fame - and infamy - began long before that. 

Latest NSW news

Legal aid  cuts 'a risk to national security'

"Very short-sighted exercise in cost-shifting": Bar Association president Jane Needham.

Michaela Whitbourn   The NSW bar has warned that Australia's national security could be put at risk by a shortfall in Commonwealth legal aid funding for cases involving serious federal crimes including terrorism-related offences.

Counter-terrorism at New Year's Eve frontline

Higher level of safety: Assistant Commissioner Michael Fuller.

Michael Koziol 12:45 PM   Counter terrorism units will be based at the police operations centre on New Year's Eve in support of a "record" police presence following heightened security fears.

Christie family condemns lockout relaxation 

Daniel Christie, who died last  new year's.

Tim Barlass 12:15 AM   The family of teenager Daniel Christie, who died after a one punch in King's Cross last New Year's Eve, have condemned the relaxation of this year's lockout laws.

Gifted students fast-tracked to uni 

Progression: Jacob Bradd, 14, now attends university.

Amy McNeilage 9:30 PM   While his kindergarten classmates were learning to tie their shoelaces, Jacob Bradd was solving algebra problems.

Christmas road toll lowest in 25 years

Lowest road toll in 25 years: Four people have died on NSW roads in the Christmas period so far.

Tom Decent 6:20 PM   Four people have died on NSW roads in the holiday Christmas period so far - the lowest figure in 25 years and almost half the amount of any toll in recent years.  

Christmas miracle for Tater the terrier

Tater the terrier recovers from a brown snake bite.

Angharad Owens-Strauss 7:57 PM   70-year-old woman and a sympathetic vet save terrier from horrible death.

Sales: 5.7 million transactions with one bank

Bargain hunters: Hundreds of shoppers descend on Pitt Street shopping mall for the Boxing Day sales.

Esther Han 3:24 PM    Shoppers triggered a record 5.7 million transactions through the National Australia Bank during their Boxing Day spending spree, nearly double the figure three years ago, the latest data shows.

Hold your horses at Centennial Park

Replaced: Moore Park Stables owner Rose Gough.

Angharad Owens-Strauss   The oldest  riding school in Centennial Park has been given one month to relocate to make way for a new riding school offering “out of the box” ideas such as a mechanical horse and coffee cart.

Foley firms as ALP leadership ballot favourite

Strong backing: Labor is preparing to install Luke Foley as the candidate for Auburn at next year's election.

Sean Nicholls   NSW Labor bosses are preparing to use national executive powers to install Luke Foley as the candidate for Auburn at the state election as it becomes likely he will win a ballot to become party leader.

The downfall of John Robertson

After nearly four years in the opposition leader's job, John Robertson has been denied at the last minute the opportunity to contest an election.

Sean Nicholls   The final seeds of the destruction of John Robertson's leadership of the NSW ALP were sown in the middle of the week before last.

Monis and his obsession with Sunrise

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Rory Callinan   Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis spent years lobbying the Australian media watchdog over what he perceived were breaches of broadcasting regulations involving the Sunrise program.

Anti-terror plans in place for New Year's Eve

Security upgrade: Sydneysiders will have their bags checked around the harbour

Rose Powell   The event co-ordinating team is expecting more than a million people to attend official events around the harbour.

Suspect denies writing 'guerrilla warfare' notes

Denied charges: Sulayman Khalid says he was not the author of notes which allegedly outlined plans to carry out guerilla warfare in the Blue Mountains.

Emma Partridge   A terror suspect will argue he was not the author of hand-written notes which outline plans to target an AFP building and carry out guerrilla warfare in the Blue Mountains.

Top end of town muscles in on Welfare Street

Alex Waislitz, part-owner of Centennial Property Group.

Rose Powell, Jacob Saulwick   The investment group that bought and sold 12 cottages  in Homebush and asked long-time tenants to leave, is owned and run by some of the wealthiest people in the country.

Trains stop, but light at the end of the tunnel

Changes evident: Work begins on the Newcastle rail line at Wickham.

Ian Kirkwood and Jacob Saulwick   Trains have stopped running to Newcastle as the state government's plans to "truncate" the Newcastle branch line at Wickham began to take effect.

Boxing Day sales build momentum

Shoppers emerge from a shopping centre in Pitt Street.

Esther Han   "Their eyes are just sparkling," said Megan Narouz, as she and her husband Peter led their three youngsters - each with $400 - through the heaving crowds of Pitt Street Mall on Boxing Day.

Top 10 ICAC moments of 2014

Marie Ficarra with her dog

Michaela Whitbourn   It has been a big year for the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Amid the resignations and legal wranglings, here are 10 moments of high farce.


Australia's 2014: Grief, glory and utter incomprehension

It's been a tough year for Tony Abbott and the country as a whole - a year defined by the worst and best of ourselves taking its toll.

Lawyer swims Cole Classic for mental health

Every morning before the throttle of the work day takes hold, Justin Hanby goes for a swim. In February next year, he will compete in his fifth Cole Classic.

Around Sydney: Holiday services and  shopping

From last minute shopping to church services: here's your guide to the holiday fortnight.

'I'm like a terrier staring out to sea, watching the horizon'

Alexa Moses won't be rushing to Sydney's crowded shores this summer. She has never liked the beach. She imagines she is part of a tiny group of Australians of about one in a 100, to whom the beach has never appealed.

The fear that lurks beneath: Sydney Harbour's hidden hazards

There have been at least 16 fatalities in Sydney Harbour from shark attacks in just over a century. How common are they now?


Man faces 252 child sex charges

A former Catholic brother has fronted Parramatta local court on facing 252 child sexual assault charges after being extradited from New Zealand.

Counter-terrorism raids: two charged

A self-proclaimed Isis supporter has been charged after being found with documents allegedly designed to facilitate a terrorist attack against potential government targets in Sydney.

Busking is good business for seven-year-old

Seven-year-old Arlo Deakin impromptu concerts can be quite lucrative as he averages $150 an hour according to his mother.