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Coronavirus cruise ship facing criminal investigation

by ALEC SMART Over the weekend of 4-5 April, in ‘Operation Nemesis’, which NSW Police described as “the largest peacetime maritime operation in Sydney's history,” five cruise ships loitering in Sydney Harbour were restocked with fresh food and supplies and, after some crew members transferred vessels, escorted out into the Pacific Ocean. At the same […]

Hillsong link to Ruby Princess claimed

By ALEC SMART Explosive accusations shared across social media have linked the controversial Hillsong Church with the infamous death ship Ruby Princess. On March 19, the cruise ship Ruby Princess hurriedly disembarked 2647 passengers into the heart of Sydney at Circular Quay’s Overseas Passengers Terminal - all but 12 of whom were allowed to disperse […]

Rozelle calls for WestConnex noise reprieve

By ALEXI DEMETRIADI With Sydney on lockdown, the city has been forced inside their homes. Everyone who is not employed in an essential service have readjusted their lives to adapt to the new work from home environment. That begs the question as to why WestConnex, the huge underground highway construction, is seemingly exempt from the […]

Covid-19-related racism on the rise

By ALLISON HORE Video has emerged of one of latest in a series of racist attacks on Chinese people fuelled by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The video, posted to YouTube on Monday 30 March, shows a man cracking a bullwhip while on a racist tirade outside the Chinese consulate in Camperdown, in Sydney’s inner west. […]

Coalition leaves tenants swinging

By WENDY BACON It is now ten days since the NSW Parliament passed an emergency law granting the NSW government the power to place a moratorium on evictions. But before it can come into an effect, the government needs to introduce new regulations under existing laws. So far, the Gladys Berejiklian government has failed to […]

Teen girl charged after Asian women attacked

By ALEC SMART A 17-year-old girl was arrested after two Asian women were racially abused and threatened in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west whilst they were crossing a road. The incident was filmed on several mobile phones, including a resident in a house overlooking the crossing, and widely shared on social media. The assailant, a […]

Bondi rescue: Covid-19 testing clinic at beach

By ALEC SMART On 1 April a pop-up clinic to test for Covid-19 was established in Bondi Pavilion on Bondi Beach promenade. The testing station was implemented by NSW Health after a surge of coronavirus cases in the Bondi area. The increase was attributed to backpackers ignoring social distancing rules and swarms of tourists that […]

Glebe Ferry future in doubt

By ALEXI DEMETRIADI In October 2019, thanks to community pressure, Glebe received a ferry. Me-Mel, the small, 60-capacity mini-cat, was launched by Transport NSW as an ‘on-demand’ service, run by operator Transdev. City Hub reported at the time that the NSW Government initiative was launched to cater to wharves not currently serviced by regular ferries, […]

Alcohol rationing to deter binge-buying

By ALEC SMART In a bid to curb coronavirus panic-buying, such as we’ve seen with toilet paper, pasta, hand sanitiser and headache tablets, Retail Drinks Australia has introduced limits on alcohol purchases across Australia. The new restrictions are guidelines and not government-mandated. Retail Drinks, a national industry body that represents the interests of packaged retail […]

Football legend unites sports players for Covid-19 aid

By ALEC SMART Craig Foster, TV presenter and chief football analyst at SBS for The World Game, has recruited fellow sports talents and supporters via the #PlayForLives campaign to assist in relief efforts to help the elderly and disadvantaged whilst the Covid-19 restrictions are in place. What began as a way of motivating his teammates […]