News Ashbury, the tiny Sydney inner-west suburb obsessed with Christmas lights 2017-12-13T22:41:55.000000000+00:00 On a certain day each December, Second street collectively flicks the switch to one of the biggest displays of Christmas lights in Greater Sydney. Sydney weather: Twin alerts for fire risk and health impacts as big heatwave sweeps in 2017-12-13T22:39:44.000000000+00:00 The first large heatwave of summer has prompted a fire weather warning and a public health alert with only modest relief forecast for the next few days before the heat starts to build again. New Star Wars 'The Last Jedi' film brings joy to Canberra's hardcore fans 2017-12-13T22:36:34.000000000+00:00 "This is our Christmas - this is the ultimate for us." Erindale shops in Canberra evacuated after fire in roof 2017-12-13T22:34:14.000000000+00:00 Firefighters are at the scene of a blaze at Erindale Shops in Wanniassa. 'Dumbing down': WA government slashes education and jobs 2017-12-13T22:32:14.000000000+00:00 The WA Labor government has been widely criticised and accused of "dumbing down" the state's education system after it announced plans to axe jobs and programs, including the School of the Air. Ashes 2017/18: Series embroiled in match-fixing: report 2017-12-13T22:31:53.000000000+00:00 The ICC has reportedly launched an investigation over alleged attempts to fix the third Ashes Test in Perth, starting on Thursday. Bennelong voters say yes to China curbs but no to tax cuts 2017-12-13T22:30:48.000000000+00:00 Looking through the numbers in this ReachTEL poll reveals the issues behind this contest, although some findings confound as much as explain. Shabby, dated, beloved: Why the WACA will always be special for WA 2017-12-13T22:27:47.000000000+00:00 Let's face it, the WACA never really peaked at a bright shining apogee - it's always been a bit faded. But that's why we love it. Australian dollar surges as US rate hike path seen slowing 2017-12-13T22:27:45.000000000+00:00 The Australian dollar has leapt more than 1 per cent on bets that the US Federal Reserve may slow the pace of future interest rate hikes. Mutiny in parliament as rebel Tories defeat Theresa May's Brexit push 2017-12-13T22:26:00.000000000+00:00 British MPs have defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's government, voting to change her Brexit blueprint in a move which could complicate her efforts to sever ties with the European Union.