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Same-Sex Bill’s second birthday

By JAMES HARRISON December 7th marks the second anniversary of Australia’s Same Sex Marriage Bill. The 2017 bill followed a two-month long plebiscite, costing $122 million and achieving a 61.6% ‘yes’ vote, leading to amendments in the Marriage Act. With such a long and controversial campaign period behind the Australian people, the question left is […]

Sea change for recycling plastic waste

BY ALEC SMART Scavengers took to the inner west bays of Sydney Harbour on Nov 23 to help clean up our shoreline. Seaside Scavenge, a non-profit organisation that has been clearing Australian waterways of garbage since 2015, hosted the first Harbourside Challenge in Jubilee Park in Glebe, partnered with Defy Design plastic recyclers. A team […]

Strip-searches to continue

BY ALEC SMART NSW Police remain defiant that they will continue strip-searches during drug detection operations, despite recommendations they cease the practice by NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame during a recent inquiry into six recreational drug deaths at music festivals. On Nov 18 NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller defended his force's use of strip searches, […]

Tek’s turfed out

BY ALEC SMART Tek’s Gifts and Things, a discount variety store within the Marrickville Metro shopping centre, is set to close its doors on 29 December after 22 years. The store is reluctant to leave; the situation has arisen after discussions between the Metro management, AMP Capital, and Tek’s failed to reach a compromise over […]

Assange – Sweden drops rape allegations

BY ALEC SMART Swedish authorities announced on Nov 20 they will discontinue their investigations into a rape allegation levelled at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which dates back to 2010, the third time they’ve been dropped. Sweden’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson declared: “After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of […]

Bushfires: the blame game heats up

BY ALEC SMART With catastrophic firestorms still raging across eastern Australia and now threatening South Australia, tragically incinerating almost 600 homes, destroying over 1.5 million hectares of bush, cremating thousands of animals and birds - including whole colonies of endangered koalas - and killing six people, the blame-game for responsibility has gone into overdrive. And […]

Big trouble in Little Bay

By VERONICA ANASSIS Meriton’s plans for a massive 1900-apartment development in Little Bay may still go ahead, despite protests and council opposition. Likely to be rejected by Randwick Council, Meriton’s proposal, which includes controversial 22-storey complexes that will cast shadows on the beach, may still be approved through State Government. The site, a 135,961.6 sqm […]

Drug doubt cops strip-search girls

BY ALEC SMART On November 8, NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame released her findings from the three-week inquest into six MDMA-related deaths of youths aged 18-23 at music festivals between Dec 2017 - Jan 2019. Grahame recommended the NSW Government radically alter its drug policy, including: halting strip-searching; ceasing the use of dogs to sniff […]

The latest from the Hubbub: Ricky Gervais, Dingo Puppy and more!

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Fake Aboriginal Art Replaced The British production company of actor-writer Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras, Night at the Museum) is to pay an Aboriginal artist compensation for using an unauthorised copy of his painting, which featured in Gervais’ latest TV drama series on Netflix, After Life. The critically-acclaimed series features […]

Aboriginal footy show kicked out of bounds

By ALEC SMART Viewers of the Marngrook Footy Show are incensed that NITV and SBS have axed the popular program and it won’t be broadcast to coincide with the 2020 Australian Rules’ Football season. National Indigenous Television (NITV), a free television channel that broadcasts programs produced largely by Aboriginal Australians, and its managers Special Broadcasting […]