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Student housing regime ridiculed

UTS Housing has come under fire for enforcing stringent rules and intrusive security for student accommodation. No consumption of alcohol is allowed at UTS Housing after 10pm. Only one guest is allowed to stay overnight at a time for a maximum of four days a semester, while security has to be informed and the resident […]

Lord Mayor fights for live music

Restrictive regulation and poker machines have been crippling small and medium music venues in NSW for the past 30 years, according to Founder of the annual Dig It Up! Festival, Dave Faulkner. The City of Sydney Council convened a panel of music industry experts last week to discuss the struggling live music industry, which Mr […]

Queer collaboration coming soon

The University of Sydney will host the southern hemisphere’s largest symposium of queer activists in July. Queer Collaborations (QC) is an annual conference focusing on issues that impact GLBTI people. It is held in a different city every year and usually draws over 200 people. Organising committee spokesperson Jack London said Sydney was the birthplace […]

80 per cent of City’s emissions from electricity

Eighty per cent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the production of electricity, primarily by coal-fired power stations in the Hunter Valley. More than two-thirds of that power is wasted in transmission from the distant coal-fired generators. The damning statistics come in light of the City of Sydney Council’s revised plans for the […]

Alienation from marriage rights

The gay rights movement is beginning to broaden its goals and reflect the aims of the marriage equality campaign.Last Saturday, Polyamory Action Lobby Spokesperson Brigitte McFadden was invited to address the 700-strong rally gathered at Town Hall for a marriage equality rally.Speaking about her experience in the marriage equality campaign, Ms McFadden said she didn’t […]

Greens seek replacement MLC

Despite the majority of citizens ineligible to vote for them, the Greens are now in campaign mode as the hunt for a new MLC begins. Seven candidates have stepped up to fill the casual vacancy in the NSW Upper House to be left by Greens Senate hopeful Cate Faehrmann, and all of them are female. […]

Lord Mayor launches live music investigation

A live music taskforce has been established to find multilevel government solutions to Sydney’s ailing music industry. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new taskforce was about building on the work established by the widespread approval of small bars. “This is a vital part of Sydney’s cultural life. We want to do everything we can […]

Polyamorists set up lobby group

With increasing attention brought to polyamorous relationships by members of of the Liberal Party, a formalised Polyamory Action Lobby (PAL) has been founded to combat the image of poly people as relationship bogeymen. A spokesperson for the Sydney-based PAL said fear of differently structured relationships should not be used as a weapon to deny monogamous […]

End of the laneway

The first Reclaim the Lanes festival ended with 100 people dancing naked in the mud in Camperdown Memorial Park, but now the party has run its course and the last track will be spun this Saturday. For the last four years the free annual festival has attracted approximately 1,000 people to Newtown’s laneways to celebrate […]

Sydney deserves a live music scene

It’s no secret. Sydney’s live music scene has been slowly strangled to death over recent decades by overzealous planning restrictions, unfair noise complaints, poker machines and urban gentrification. In the past few years alone the Hopetoun Hotel shut down, the Sandringham Hotel went bankrupt and the Excelsior Hotel was turned into a taco barn. These, […]