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Great Barrier Grief

BY Nina Kempster Protesters gathered once more at banking giant Westpac’s central headquarters on Kent St early on the morning of Monday February 20th. Nearly 200 people, clad in red and sporting signs urging ‘Don’t Risk the Reef’ called on Westpac clients to divest from the company due to their potential dealings with mining conglomerate […]

Is Clover prepared to be answerable?

BY JESSICA HILL Sydney residents will have the chance to grill Lord Mayor Clover Moore and other councillors on key issues, if the idea of a Q&A proposed by Councillor Christine Forster goes ahead. Councillor Forster believes her proposal of a short question session at the start of council meetings, would increase government accountability. “It […]

America’s cultural autism

BY DENIS A. CONROY President Trump visited the Boeing hangar in South Carolina on 16 February, hours after it was reported he was considering using the National Guard to round up undocumented migrants and had this to say: “We are going to build up a military might so great that no one will dare to […]

Some good news for sleepy Sydney

BY KIERAN ADAIR It’s been a good week for Keep Sydney Open. With World Bar and Stonewall successfully applying to have their opening hours extended beyond 1.30am and news that the government is assessing another 15 applications from similar venues, their campaign to repeal the lockouts has scored a much needed victory. On Saturday, the […]

Powerhouse move could cost NSW $2 billion

BY SELIN KEMENT The cost of moving the Powerhouse Museum from Ultimo to Parramatta will be as much as $2 billion over a seven-year period. Lindsay Sharp, a former Director of the Powerhouse Museum estimates that the cost of relocating the museum “could well exceed $2 billion on what we may infer from previous calculations. […]

Don’t miss this year’s Vegan Day Out

BY CHARLOTTE GRIEVE Increasing demand for meat in Australia has been met with a sharp decline in the number of meat producers. This trend has seen the rise of factory farming throughout the animal agriculture industry that has been accused of widespread mistreatment of animals. The Cruelty Free shop has become the pioneer of Australia’s […]

Good riddance to Coke sign

Andrew Woodhouse, “THINGS go better with Coke” ™ was their jingle. And locals hope this motto applies to the homeless and less well-off in our area now the Kings Cross Coca Cola sign has been sold off, with proceeds going to charity. The original sign was a 1960s smaller sign on a nearby building.  A […]

Balmain Café Uproar

BY KRISTEN TSIAMIS John Stamolis, ex-councillor on Leichhardt Council and member of the Leichhardt Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) is furious that the Inner West Council have approved plans to make changes to heritage building Fenwick’s Store. Mr Stamolis says that it’s not the proposal of the café that is the problem, but rather its […]

Racism pervades Australia’s top jobs according to Race Discrimination Commissioner

BY JORDAN FERMANIS On Thursday 8 September, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, the Race Discrimination Commissioner, gave the 24th Annual Kingsley Laffer Memorial lecture at the University of Sydney. Dr Soutphommasane was appointed to the Australian Human Rights Commission role on the 20th of August 2013, with the appointment lasting for five years. The role has previously […]

Powerhouse Inquiry Update

BY KRISTEN TSIAMIS The Upper House inquiry into the proposed sale of Ultimo’s Powerhouse Museum began hearing formal submissions on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September. There has been a further hearing day on the 4th of October because the inquiry committee had certain further questions to ask some of the witnesses. Patricia Johnson, co-convenor […]