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Ferocious roosters, flying shark, bun boycott, ship ahoy: Hubbub – 11 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Deadly pecker On 3 Sept, news sources around the world reported a bizarre Australian tragedy about a woman in Adelaide who was pecked to death by her pet rooster. The 76-year-old was collecting eggs on her farm when she was fatally pecked by the rooster, which targeted her varicose veins […]

Cruise ship crisis, dog-gone food, Nine feeds Liberal Party: Hubbub – 4 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Ship avoid Randwick Council is engaging specialists to research potential impacts of a proposed third Sydney terminal for cruise ships at Molineux Point and Yarra Bay in Botany Bay. Mayor Kathy Neilson tabled the motion on 27 August and the council voted overwhelmingly to endorse a budget of $50,000 to […]

Tree felling falling-out

By ALEC SMART The Greens and several independent councillors on the Inner West Council (IWC) are fuming after a revised plan for tree protection was amended at the last minute and voted into policy. The aggrieved councillors claim they were ‘ambushed’ when it was revealed the amendments, which permit residents to fell trees within three […]

Sign doubt signed out

By ALEC SMART Danny Lim, the 75-year-old Chinese man renowned for wearing cheeky sandwich-board style signs at prominent traffic junctions around Sydney, has had his conviction and $500 fine for offensive conduct overturned by an Appeal Court. Lim, a veteran peace and environmental campaigner who displays slogans - often risqué and involving cheeky word-play - […]

Pell to Hell, killer decisions, drug pushers punished: Hubbub – 28 Aug 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Pell fell back to Hell Disgraced Archbishop George Pell, who won’t be stripped of his titles by The Vatican until all his appeals are exhausted, has apparently decided he will appeal his sex abuse convictions in the High Court. On August 21, Victoria’s Court of Appeal upheld Pell’s December 2018 […]

Time of the signs

BY ALEC SMART Danny Lim is about to learn whether a sign he displayed at a protest, deemed ‘offensive’ to the police who arrested him, will get him into further hot water or be dismissed as a risqué prank. Either way, it will garner Lim more publicity, which is beneficial to the veteran peace campaigner. […]

Food, affordable food

BY ALEC SMART The massive surge in high-rise apartment construction in inner-west Sydney has created a significant hike in rental prices as more people flock to live near employment hubs. This, along with substantial increases in household electricity charges, the costs of medical services and products, kids’ school tuition fees, fuel prices and common necessities, […]

Dairy beloved building

BY ALEC SMART In Marrickville, a property at 209 Livingstone Rd, once part of an historic dairy and, latterly, a State Emergency Services (SES) building, is facing demolition. The Greek Orthodox Church alongside, which owns the premises, were granted permission to bulldoze and replace it with a two-storey boarding house and that’s now set to […]

Wicked days are numbered

BY ALEC SMART It appears the writing is finally on the wall for Wicked Campers – notorious for renting out campervans adorned with provocative sexist and homophobic graffiti - after Australian transport ministers agreed on a nationwide crackdown on any of their vehicles displaying slogans deemed ‘offensive’. At a meeting in Adelaide on Friday 2 […]

Vandals drain goodwill

BY ALEC SMART Another spate of vandalism at Addison Road Community (Addi Rd) in Marrickville was probably committed by the same people who targeted the premises earlier this year. Unfortunately, these abhorrent acts harm every organisation on this unique multicultural site, and ultimately threaten its long-term viability. Hate speech and trolling – generated in social […]