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T2 Not a Great City of Sydney Legacy

BY JOHN MOYLE Yes, Dorothy, you can take the rainbow way to Kansas this Mardi Gras, but if you are going via Oxford Street it might be a bumpy ride. Six years after its predecessor in the heart of Taylor Square was rubbed out for safety reasons, last Friday the City of Sydney launched a […]

Paddington local hero: Will Mrongovius

BY IRINA DUNN As President of the Paddington Society and Convenor of the Paddington-Darlinghurst Community Working Group, Will Mrongovius is kept very busy. The Paddington Society is concerned with “heritage, and the built from and the amenity of Paddington, so it’s everything, it's the urban landscape, it’s all of it,” Mrongovius explains. The community working […]

Dyking around – Mardi Gras moment

BY RHIANNON SOLIMAN For the past 27 years, Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade has begun with the roar of hundreds of motorcycles. The women riding at the forefront of the 12,000-strong parade are part of Dykes on Bikes, a motorcycle club for queer women. One of Australia’s oldest LGBTQI community groups, the club originated in the […]

OPINION: The ALP’s Tunnel Vision?

BY PETER HEHIR When the ALP’s Jodi McKay said last Saturday at the Birchgrove tennis court meeting, in front of about 200 residents, that “If elected, the ALP won’t build the Western Harbour Tunnel,” what she really meant was that they wouldn’t build the remaining 60%. She neither acknowledged nor addressed the fact that a […]

The ugly face of racism

BY VANESSA LIM Yearly Chinese New Year celebrations lit up all of Sydney last week, but Chinese people still experience discrimination within the local Sydney community. Chinese people make up 24.6% of Sydney but the colourful celebrations weren’t enough to hide racism experienced by some Chinese people in Sydney. For example, 19-year-old “Bobby,” who is […]

HEFFRON: Public transport a key election issue

BY ALLISON HORE Public transport is driving the debate in Heffron in the lead up to the state election on 23 March. The Heffron electorate encompasses suburbs in Sydney’s inner south from Redfern and Waterloo to Kensington and Tempe. Since the seat was established in 1973, it has been held by the Labor Party. In […]

Stadium wrecking balls yet to swing

By Wendy Bacon UPDATE Waverley Council rejected a Liberal rescission motion on Thursday evening and voted for legal action aimed at stopping Infrastructure NSW's (INSW) plan to demolish the Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park. This means there will now be two legal actions. Also on Thursday, City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore, Waverley Mayor […]

Opinion: Just how corrupt is NSW?

By Peter Hehir Is the NSW Government simply incompetent? Or is it corrupt? Is it a mix of both? Is WestConnex the handiwork of the seriously impaired or is it just plain old graft? The Guardian’s Christopher Knaus states, “According to the most widely recognised measure of public-sector corruption – Transparency International’s corruption perception index […]

Effective job searches

By Ziyad Khan Some 90% of job hunters in Australia do not know how to effectively look for a job, according to a recently released report. The report found that most Australians are not completing their job searches, with nine out of ten job hunters admitting to being unaware of the all the opportunities that […]

Mary Mortimer: the woman who “can’t say no!”

By Irina Dunn The Pyrmont that Mary Mortimer moved into some 17 years ago was a very different suburb to what it is today. Then it was being developed as a dormitory suburb where childless workers would go home to eat and sleep between stints at work in the city. Now it has become the […]