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TB link to cursed Ruby Princess cruise ship

By ALEC SMART In a startling new revelation, passengers on the infamous death ship Ruby Princess, the luxury cruise liner responsible for over 850 - more than 10 per cent - of Australia’s total Covid-19 cases, were warned that they might also have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) while on board. In a letter dated […]

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Waves of face masks force closure of Sydney beaches

By ALEC SMART Several of Sydney’s most popular beaches were closed after they were inundated with an unexpected tide. Coronavirus restrictions imposed at the end of March 2020 led to multiple closures and re-openings of Sydney’s southern beaches, attributable to people violating rules on social distancing. However, several beaches were closed again on Wed 27 […]

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Sorry, not sorry, for Indigenous youth, apparently

By ALEC SMART On the week of Sorry Day, the national day to commemorate the mistreatment of Australia’s first peoples by European settlers, it was revealed that the NSW Govt plan to slash vital support funding to an Aboriginal welfare service that provides essential help to Indigenous children. The Sorry Day, aka National Day of […]

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Cross-current demands to stop Powerhouse move

By ALEC SMART As the June date for the controversial closure and eventual destruction of the Powerhouse Museum draws closer, with its exhibits transferred to a new building out west, opponents are ramping up pressure for the museum to remain at its current site in Ultimo. An inquiry, featuring cross-party members from NSW Legislative Council, […]

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Transport chaos expected as Sydney eases Lockdown Laws

by ALEC SMART On 8 May the Australian Government announced a three-stage strategy to ease the restrictions introduced on 22 March to halt the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The emergency measures, which saw the country enter a near-total ‘lockdown’ on March 30, are being repealed and ‘stage three’ - where society returns to a […]

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How Green Bans preserved Sydney for the future

By ALEC SMART ‘Green bans’ is a term synonymous with collective action to conserve heritage and preserve the environment. The green bans that were imposed and enforced by the NSW Builders' Labourers Federation (BLF) union in the early 1970s, which halted major construction projects and cost investors millions of dollars, were, arguably, the saving grace […]

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Marsh’s new mural mocks the coal-ition

by ALEC SMART Scott Marsh, satirical wall mural artist, has unveiled another topical painting in central Sydney mocking the federal coal-ition government and their mining and media connections. On 18 May Marsh shared his colourful new piece, titled Ivory Tower, on social media, which features a few familiar scenes from Australia’s summer of Apocalyptic bushfires. Above the […]

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Gay-hate murder suspect arrested

by ALEC SMART A 49-year-old man has been arrested for the 1988 gay-hate murder of Scott Johnson, whose naked body was found on a rock ledge at the base of a cliff near Manly on Sydney’s North Shore. On 10 Dec 1988, the 27-year-old American was discovered by a 13-year-old boy and two spear fishermen […]

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Council demands former ‘ghost’ store close again

by ALEC SMART The proprietor of a convenience shop in Sydenham, known as the Corner Store, is puzzled why the Inner West Council (IWC) served him with a demand to cease trading. Prior to his reopening the premises in February 2020, it was a ‘ghost’ store for over three years, with stock inside but no […]

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Woman arrested; child hysterical during ‘freedom’ protest

by ALEC SMART In dramatic scenes involving an hysterically crying young child, a woman protesting outside the NSW Parliament in central Sydney on 9 May was arrested by NSW Police officers and taken into custody. Video footage of the incident, taken via mobile phone and uploaded to YouTube, polarised public opinion as some labelled her […]

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