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First Responder Fiasco

BY ISOBEL RUSHE Local firefighters with inadequate medical training are forced to answer paramedic calls under a new proposal that changes department policy. New "First Responders" program leaves NSW Fire Department’s out of their depths as the policy demands to have firefighters acting and performing as paramedics. Secretary of the Australian Paramedics Association (APA), Gary […]

Return and Earn

BY JOHN MOYLE You’ve just cleaned up after the barbie and stacked all the long necks with the intention of cashing them in at the nearest Container Deposit Scheme bottle depot, except, where the hell is it? Since 1st December 2017, NSW residents have been able to return their drink containers to obtain a 10 […]

Right to free speech flags in Australia

BY ALEC SMART Construction companies face a ban from obtaining federal government contracts if employees fly a Eureka flag or display union-affiliated symbols on clothing and equipment in new regulations set by the Turnbull administration. On 30 January 2018 the federal government-managed Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) warned that employers in breach of a […]

Aussie Crawl to Bondi Beach

BY PAUL PAECH Now that the school holidays are over, driving around Sydney is back to its usual frustrating mess. Our State Government is ploughing billions of our money into private transport, and weirdly some cash into an on-call almost-free mini-bus service in the Shire, Manly and parts of Waverley/Woollahra (aka Woolverley). But what if […]

Snap judgement

BY ISOBEL RUSHE Snap Send Solve is a free mobile app allowing users in Australia and New Zealand to report public hazards, nuisances or infringements to over 700 responsible authorities for further investigation, including every local council in Australia. However, it has its drawbacks. Over 3,000 reports are sent to authorities across Australia through the […]

NSW Chief Scientist Writes to City Hub

Letter from Mary O'Kane, 
NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer I was concerned to read your article WestConnflicts of Interest, dated 24 January 2018, suggesting that the Advisory Committee on Tunnel Air Quality (ACTAQ) did not deal with conflicts of interest in commissioning the 'Optimisation of the application of GRAL in the Australian context' study and […]

Bald Faced Ripoff

BY ALEC SMART A Leichardt pub leaseholder has disappeared, allegedly owing tens of thousands of dollars to bands that performed in the premises he was managing, the Bald Faced Stag Hotel on Parramatta Road. Scott Mackenzie was removed from the premises of the Bald Faced Stag on 20 January after the owners, Marvan Hotels, became […]

Australia Daze

COMMENT BY WARREN FAHEY I am now quite resigned to the arm-swinging chorus that tells me ‘I am, you are, Aust-ral-ian’. After hearing the song ad infinitum in Rugby World Cup promotions, Salvation Army Red Shield campaigns, endless loops from Telstra, school assemblies, and anything else that vaguely smacks of flag-waving, I am preparing myself […]

Council merge splurge diverge

BY JOHN MOYLE In 2016 the Baird Government did an embarrassing backflip over NSW council amalgamations, resulting in only 19 of the 35 proposed mergers going ahead. The only inner city amalgamation to proceed was between Leichhardt, Ashfield and Marrickville councils, as all others fought or escaped when Baird’s plans fell into a malodorous heap. […]

Bondi Bursting at the Seams

COMMENT BY PAUL PAECH Part 2 of a 2-part article Bondi Beach Post Office is facing closure. Australia Post is still insisting that “we are committed to the local community,” but with the local community saying NO, that’s looking increasingly difficult to believe, even though Australia Post promises to retain all its product services in […]