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ICAC called on to investigate NSW Government's secret business voting bill By Lucia Osborne-Crowley Last week NSW Premier Mike Baird announced the state Liberal government would support a Shooters and Fishers Party Bill to change voting practices in City of Sydney Council elections. If passed, the Bill will mean business owners in the City of […]

NSW Government forced to release WestConnex documents

An ongoing struggle for transparency regarding the NSW Government’s WestConnex project has resulted in the release of over 200 documents that had previously been kept secret. The documents had not been released to the public as they were being held under government privilege. Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC of the NSW Greens challenged this use of […]

From the editor

To celebrate City Hub's 19th anniversary, we have dedicated this issue to investigating just how well our local governments in Sydney measure up when it comes to open and transparent governance. Do our governments keep secrets from us? If so, why? What do we have the right to know? Let's celebrate 19 years of City […]

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Audiences can expect to be shocked, confused and reluctantly amused by The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Robert Gustafsson plays confronting, tortured, bomb-obsessed, anti-hero Allan Karlsson, whose ‘que sera sera’ attitude has led to him crossing paths with Presidents Truman and Reagan as well as Franco, Stalin and Oppenheimer […]

Jewish schools heighten security following anti-Semitic attack

Jewish schools in Sydney’s eastern suburbs have increased security measures to protect their students from anti-Semitic attacks following an incident on a school bus in Randwick last week. Jewish schools in the area now have armed guards operating at their gates and members of the NSW Police patrolling the vicinity. Three young students aged between […]

Tipple Bar

Former Operations Manager at Establishment Luke O’Donohue has opened a new bar and bistro on Chalmers Street, Surry Hills. Tipple Bar has a range of craft beer – including its very own Tipple Lager – and cocktails on offer as well as a street food-inspired bistro. The fit out comprises of distressed walls and furniture […]

Community backs Whitehouse whistleblower

Freya Newman, the University of Technology (UTS) student who uncovered the controversial tertiary scholarship given to Frances Abbott, has received support from fellow students across Sydney. It is alleged Ms Newman, while volunteering at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, used a co-worker’s staff login to access student files and subsequently uncovered an unusual scholarship awarded […]

Team Spin, Team hypocrisy

Christoper Pyne reckons the Abbott Government should be praised for dropping their attempt to repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. "It became perfectly obvious to the Government that there was limited community support for changing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act … We should be getting a tick for listening rather than […]

Fears over rise of racism in the inner city

Local residents have voiced concerns about xenophobic flyers distributed to inner city suburbs this week. Community activists have speculated that the federal government's lenient approach towards discriminatory speech may have fostered this activity. As City Hub goes to print, the federal government announced it would abandon proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination […]

Warring film festivals

Against a backdrop of increasing tension over the Israeli invasion of Gaza, the 11th Israeli Film Festival and the 14th Arab Film Festival will overlap during the last two weeks of August. Each festival can expect to be surrounded by controversy, with activist groups from across the political spectrum likely organising protests to contest both. […]