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Another stolen generation as forced child removals increase in NSW

A nationwide crisis in the forced removal of Aboriginal children has been labelled as another stolen generation by many Indigenous community leaders. The most recent Productivity Commission report outlines that NSW has the highest number of forced child removals, with one in ten or a total of 6200 Aboriginal children in out-of-home care. Forced removals […]

Aboriginal tent embassy reclaiming the Block

An Aboriginal tent embassy was established at the Block in Redfern on National Sorry Day last week to protest the Aboriginal Housing Company’s (AHC) planned Pemulwuy project. The project, which had its development application recently approved, will provide for a commercial precinct, student accommodation and affordable housing for the Aboriginal community. While funding for the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Asbestos found in Waterloo Green public housing

  City Hub can exclusively reveal that the six high-rise public housing buildings located at Waterloo Green contain asbestos. The hazardous material was found to be decaying in sealing joints around windows. A tenant from the Marton building on Cope Street approached City Hub after a contractor told her the building would not be waterproofed […]

Federal budget to cut funding to vulnerable TAFE sector

The sweeping changes to the higher education sector outlined in the federal budget earlier this month will see a continuation of the cuts that TAFE institutions have already suffered across the state for years. Ultimo TAFE tourism student Sam Koh believes that the decision to slash $1.5 billion from the vocational education and training (VET) […]

Combatting homelessness amongst LGBTIQ students

A new crisis accommodation initiative at the University of NSW has been implemented in order to combat homelessness amongst LGBTIQ students. UNSW queer officer Dylan Lloyd, who was a key advocate for the initiative, had to leave his home in the western suburbs as a result of facing an abusive situation after coming out. Mr […]

Inner city services for homeless women axed

With around 20 women’s homelessness services in the inner city set to close, many are asking just where these women will go after doors shut in July. As part of the Going Home Staying Home reforms, the state government is diverting at least $5 million in funding from the inner city to regional areas. Homelessness […]

Inner west less affordable than ever

A national rental affordablity report has found that less than one per cent of properties are affordable for people living on minimum wage in inner west Sydney. In the Marrickville local government area, this decreased to zero per cent. Anglicare Australia conducted its annual Rental Affordability Snapshot last month, collecting data on rental properties from […]

Zoe’s Law calls into question criminal status of abortion in NSW

The Zoe’s Law bill, which is still poised to go before the upper house, has renewed calls to remove abortion from the NSW Crimes Act. Women and health professionals are currently being criminalised for undergoing and performing abortions, a procedure that polls have consistently shown the majority of Australians support. A national study published in […]

Prime time outrage over education deregulation

In the federal budget announced on Tuesday night, Treasurer Joe Hockey unveiled the most sweeping changes to the higher education sector since the 1970s, including the deregulation of tertiary education fees and increases to student contributions. These reforms are what students from the Education Action Group were drawing attention to when they staged a protest […]

Whistleblower wins: Marrickville councillor’s suspension overturned

The appeal of Marrickville Greens councillor Max Phillips against his two month suspension from council has been upheld by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The suspension was issued by the NSW Division of Local Government after Cr Phillips refused to apologise for informing local residents about a $5 million offer made to council by […]