Katrina Dawson's memorial service will be held at 3pm on Tuesday, December 23, at The Great Hall, University of Sydney.
Lunchtime barbecues and beach plans on Christmas Day are looking good to go ahead, with sunshine and warm temperatures expected to hold out until the late afternoon.
Teaching English to school children in India or building a community restaurant in Peru have become part of a fashionable rite of passage for thousands of young people each year, but critics argue the commercialisation of volunteering is doing more harm than good to the communities they seek to help.
Every asylum seeker child on Christmas Island has been transferred to a Darwin detention centre, as promised by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison in his negoitations with Senate crossbenchers.
Perth heavyweight boxer Mark de Mori has the bright lights of Las Vegas in his sights, as he waits on a work visa that would allow him to take up a big-fight offer in the USA in January.
The family of Sydney siege victim Katrina Dawson spoke publicly for the first time, launching a foundation in her honour that will make a "significant contribution" to the community, as she did in her life.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says if a sniper were able to end the Martin Place standoff, one "probably would have" while revealing his own wife and daughter had been inside the Lindt cafe just before the siege began.
If sitting the HSC at age 11 was not impressive enough, Jonah Soewandito also managed to blitz the exams and make it on to this year's honour roll.
A survivor of the Port Arthur massacre and a man whose family was murdered at the shooting have slammed the idea of allowing people to carry guns for self-defence following the Martin Place siege.
Minutes after Man Haron Monis walked into the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place with a loaded shotgun on Monday morning, Don McLennan received a text message from NSW emergency services.
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