Newcastle rail line to stay - for now

Jacob Saulwick 5:29 PM   The NSW Government will be unable to remove railway tracks through the centre of Newcastle for the time being after a community group won a last-ditch court judgment.

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Two arrested in counter-terrorism operation

Two charged: police outside Parramatta Local Court.

Megan Levy and Emma Partridge 12:06 PM   Two men have been arrested in Sydney as part of a counter-terrorism operation, police say.

Dear Santa: Frozen and iPads top wishlists

Please can I have  ... Thousands of letters have been sent to Santa this Christmas.

Pallavi Singhal 4:30 PM   Dear Santa, I would like a beach house at Batemans Bay, a credit card, a puppy and everything in the world since I have been a really good girl. From Roxanne

All-day showers for Christmas in Sydney

Showers are forecast for Christmas day.

Pallavi Singhal   The winds have shifted for Christmas Day weather in Sydney, with an updated forecast showing all-day showers across Sydney and thunderstorms in the west.

ALP to elect leader weeks before poll

John Robertson announces his resignation

Sean Nicholls, James Robertson   NSW Labor MPs will meet to anoint a new leader only weeks before next year's state election after opposition leader John Robertson resigned over revelations he signed a letter of request for Lindt siege gunman Man Haron Monis.

Robertson resignation could be silver lining

Few would have predicted a political demise in this fashion for John Robertson

Sean Nicholls   ANALYSIS: Few would have predicted it would end like this for John Robertson, but ihe was never going to get the chance to be premier.

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Foley and Daley:  the men most likely

Michael Daley and Luke Foley.

James Robertson   The emerging contest for the Labor leadership is shaping as a battle between two MPs from opposing factions but who have been touted as future leaders for many years.

Tenants strong-armed out by developer

Gerald and Grace Donnelly may face eviction.

Rose Powell   Property developers have doubled the value of 12 previously government-owned homes in less than six months by strong-arming out tenants who had been told they would be protected.

'Violence will not be the last word'

Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher celebrates a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege.

Caitlin Wheeler   Sydney's Christian leaders have looked back in time for messages of hope amid a difficult lead-up to Christmas, marred by tragedy and violence.

Gunman and partner 'not a threat'

Siege gunman Man Haron Monis was judged not to be a threat to other people by a magistrate.

Emma Partridge   "Are they a threat to other people? No they are not." These were the words of the magistrate who granted bail to Martin Place siege gunman Man Haron Monis and his partner when they faced court on brutal murder charges last year.

Noleen Pal tried in vain to escape Monis

Killed: Noleen Hayson Pal.

Tim Elliott   A magistrate dismissed an application by  Noleen Pal for an AVO against her former partner, the Martin Place gunman Man Haron Monis nine months before she was stabbed to death.

Judge 'ashamed' of drink driving charge

"Unacceptable actions": Anthony Meagher.

Michaela Whitbourn   Respected NSW Court of Appeal judge Anthony Meagher has revealed he has been charged with low-level drink driving and expressed his "deep regret" over the incident.

Sydney's Christmas seafood marathon

Prawns are always in high demand before Christmas at the fish markets.

Josh Dye   It's the iconic Sydney seafood sale that draws tens of thousands of people at all hours of the day - and night.

Consumer anxiety drop helps retailers 

Signs: The last few trading days before Christmas will be crucial for the retail sector.

Matt Wade   In a good sign for retailers, the level of consumer anxiety has fallen to its lowest mark for 18 months.

Homeopathic 'vaccines' found 'misleading'

Judgment: A federal court has found a company selling homeopathic "vaccines" was engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct.

Amy Corderoy   Homeopaths who claim to be able to prevent whooping cough, have been put on notice after the federal court found a company selling homeopathic "vaccines" was engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct.

Doctors revolt over land sale plan

Royal North Shore Hospital.

Amy Corderoy   Doctors at Royal North Shore Hospital have passed a motion of no confidence in the hospital board over the planned sale of parcel of land which they say will jeopordise treatment for years to come. 

Newcastle rail infrastructure shifted 

Save-our-rail protesters take to the streets in Newcastle.

Jacob Saulwick   The NSW government has already started to transfer rail infrastructure in Newcastle to a new owner, the Hunter Development Corporation, as it faces a legal challenge to its ability to shut the city's rail line.

School project could transform Sydney's buses

Ted Hodge.

Amy McNeilage   Imagine if Sydney's bus stops changed colour depending on how far away the approaching bus was.

Unions: 'Last year workers paid penalty rates'

Signs: Australian workers could lose their penalty rates for working weekends and public holidays next year.

Anna Patty   This could be the last Christmas millions of Australian workers will claim penalty rates for working on weekends and public holidays, unions have warned.

Legal Aid funding cuts 'a risk to security'

Warning: The NSW bar says Australia's national security could be put at risk by a shortfall in Commonwealth legal aid funding.

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.

Bail revoked for siege gunman's partner

Bail revoked: Amirah Droudis

Stephanie Gardiner, Emma Partridge   Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson said Amirah Droudis, 35, posed an "unacceptable risk" to the community, given her prior convictions and the nature of her offence.

Martin Place gunman's secret Iranian life

Man Haron Monis.

Tim Elliott, Mel Kembrey   Martin Place gunman Man Haron Monis lived a privileged life in Tehran, where he ran several businesses and was well connected to senior government figures, a man who knew him there says.


Around Sydney: Holiday services and  shopping

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

'She was nearly too good to be true'

The University of Sydney's Great Hall glinted with aqua on a stormy afternoon when family and friends of Katrina Dawson gathered to celebrate her life.

Siege victim Tori Johnson farewelled

The bright sunshine did little to raise spirits at St Stephens Uniting Church as family and friends gathered to farewell Sydney siege victim Tori Johnson on Tuesday morning.

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?

Schoolies: rite of passage or reckless booze-fest?

Bleary eyes, sunburnt shoulders and sleazy selfies will be the lingering evidence of schoolies for the thousands of weary Australian teenagers dragging themselves home this weekend.


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.