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Playing fair at Mardi Gras

Community outcry over the conduct of NSW Police at the 2013 Mardi Gras has led to the launch of Fair Play, an initiative which informs partygoers of their legal rights. Produced by the Inner City Legal Centre in association with ACON and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Fair Play provides online legal information and […]


New Theatre is bringing back the pomp and irreverence of the classic Privates on Parade, as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. This new production of the play combines song, dance and a lot of laughs, as audiences are taken back to wartime Singapore and Malaya with a group of young […]

A far cry from utopia

John Pilger, veteran journalist and documentary maker, is in Australia for the release of his new film Utopia, which explores the social and political history of indigenous Australia. In Utopia, Mr Pilger revisits the indigenous communities and issues that he delved into in 1985’s A Secret Country. Mr Pilger said the production of the documentary […]

Steroid use “widespread”

The frequency and brutality of violent, drunken brawls on Sydney streets has led some to speculate that steroid usage might be fuelling this aggression. The state government announced on Tuesday that it will increase the maximum penalty for supply and possession of illegal steroids to 25 years. John Terilli, owner of Broadway Gym and former […]

Light rail win for council

The City of Sydney’s $220 million investment in the CBD and South East Light Rail Project will secure its interests in both the George Street and Surry Hills sections of the route, council documents show. A council background paper states that the Development Agreement, negotiated by the council and Transport for NSW, contains provisions “that […]

Inner west the home of armed robberies: stats

A shooting incident at a unit above Parramatta Road on New Year’s Eve has ignited questions about gun violence in Sydney’s inner west. A 56-year-old man appeared at Petersham Police Station at 10:30am December 31 with a gunshot wound to his foot and claimed he had been robbed at a unit on Hay St in […]


With initiatives like the City of Sydney’s Live Music Task Force and the easing of licensing regulations, Sydney is regaining its reputation as a live music hub. Courtyard Sessions is part of that reawakening.  A program of summer gigs held on Friday evenings in the courtyard of the Seymour Centre organised by The Festivalists. “It’s […]

More assaults in Sydney than Melbourne

The crisis around alcohol-related violence is urgent. It has led to the recent death of Thomas Kelly and left Daniel Christie in a critical condition in hospital, both attacked in the same Kings Cross street. But is this a problem peculiar to Sydney? Does distance mean we’re unaware of the same phenomenon in Melbourne? City […]


Circus Oz is returning to the big top with Cranked Up, their latest show comprised of fourteen circus performers accompanied by a live band. “There’s a flying trapeze act, there’s aerial acts. There’s people-throwing-each-other-around acrobatics,” says Mike Finch, artistic director of Circus Oz. “All the acrobats play a bit of music with the band as […]

Community garden faces the shovel

The Erskineville Road Community Garden could be turfed out, with the City of Sydney proposing to move it to a more “suitable” site. The garden was created in 2009  on a block of land that had been vacant for decades. “It’s kind of like a gorilla garden that the council hasn’t endorsed and it’s been […]