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Jones’ town cools aid

by ALEC SMART 2GB Radio broadcaster Alan Jones, who faced censure and a massive advertiser boycott for suggesting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison should ‘give a backhander’ and ‘shove a sock down the throat’ of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has attacked one of his principle boycotters. Apparently buoyed by a recent survey revealing […]

Is a dog poisoner on the loose in Sydney’s parks?

By VANESSA LIM Multiple dog poisonings and the deliberate placement of poisoned meat in parks, especially in off-leash areas where dogs are free to roam, are still being reported across Sydney. Sydney Park locals reported recently that poisoned meat was left on the ground, posing a risk of serious harm to pets. In the past […]

Brewery brawl, car thievery captured, Endeavour’s endeavour: Hubbub – 2 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Brewery brawl A fight disrupted a punk rock gig at Staves Brewery in Glebe on Sunday 29 Sept, resulting in broken furniture, smashed beer glasses and a window, damaged drums and a woman punched. The brawl attracted six carloads of police. City Hub was told two members of the band […]

Houston, we have a problem with you

By ALEC SMART Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed as ‘gossip’ but didn’t deny the report in the Wall Street Journal that he sought a visa for his spiritual mentor, Pentecostal minister Brian Houston, to accompany him on his visit to the USA on his new jet – Shark One – for a state banquet with […]

Religious rites and wrongs

By ALEC SMART Christians and Muslims united in a rare show of solidarity as religious rights campaigners picketed KIIS 1065 FM Radio Station on Monday 23 September. Angry protestors targeted the KIIS FM North Ryde studios after controversial ‘shock-jock’ DJ Kyle Sandilands made ‘blasphemous’ comments live on the Kyle and Jackie O Show the previous […]

Trash talkers, toad attackers, Indigenous art destroyed: Hubbub – 25 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Trash talk On Friday 20 September, an estimated 80,000 people – primarily youngsters – took over The Domain in Sydney for the global Strike for Climate rally, which culminated in a march to Hyde Park. City Hub witnessed a young man clutching a green shopping bag attempt to disrupt the […]

Jails are the crime

By ALEC SMART A 12-year-old Aboriginal boy, Dujuan Hoosan, travelled to Geneva, Switzerland, to appeal directly to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on an issue important to Indigenous Australians. In a televised address on Wednesday 11 September, he asked for UNHRC help ending something that most Australian political leaders are reluctant to change: […]

Black holes of Australia

By ALEC SMART On 11 September it was announced that Community Courts for Indigenous Australians are to be reintroduced in the Northern Territory, eight years after they were abolished. This coincided with the release of a draft Aboriginal Justice Agreement that aims to reduce offending and keep Indigenous people out of prison. Almost 100% of […]

Coathanger climb, cruise ship crusade, diving birds, diving for trash: Hubbub – 18 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Climate of peers Thousands are expected to attend Friday’s Global Climate Strike gathering at The Domain in Sydney. On September 20, three days before world leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of school students and workers across Australia will join millions […]

Sydney could go Dutch

By JOAN HENSON For Sydneysiders protesting the pollution, tree culling, noise, and alleged property damage of WestConnex over social media, Dutch cycling porn – online gushing over a Dutch cycling nirvana – provides some reprieve. Sydney cycling aficionados, like advocates in other car-centric cities, have long lauded the Dutch (and Danes) for their bicycle-friendly cities. […]