Chicken kebabs, sausages and chops on the barbeque. Purple balloons and crepe streamers that flutter in a raw wind and a doe-eyed dog who tries his luck begging for scraps at a suburban house in Hopper's Crossing.
The official plans for the WestConnex will not be available until mid-2015 but already buyers and sellers are hustling to avoid living next to a smoke stack.
The immediate past head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption has warned a parliamentary inquiry into its functions that any move to change its powers would be "no less than a tragedy".
They are the unwanted dining companions which have Sydney restaurateurs and their patrons in a flap.
Deeply disturbing for Australians is that it appears beheadings, reserved until now for the benighted battlefields of Syria and Iraq, were to be unleashed on the streets of its major cities. But how severe is the threat of terrorist attacks in Australia?
Major sporting events including the AFL Grand Final are set to boost demand for hotel accommodation in Melbourne in the next few months.
Makeover reveals shopping mecca, says Carolyn Cummins.
Premier Investments to expand its retail outlets for Smiggle and Peter Alexander brands.
deals and deeds
How many times are the words "what's the IT number?" yelled across an office?