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Can’t cop HIV by bites

By ANDREW M POTTS The Police Association of NSW (PANSW) has issued a rare apology after its president, Tony King, made comments that appeared to imply that HIV could be spread by saliva or by biting. However, the police association is continuing to maintain that a HIV-positive person could transmit the virus to another person […]

The end of days

Opinion By PETER HEHIR Blind adherence to the discredited economic philosophy espoused by Milton Friedman, coupled with a complete absence of compassion, leads the Neo Cons to ignore the legion of human casualties and the suffering that their retrograde and reactionary politics brings. Their indifference demands that a respected and productive Sri Lankan family, with […]

Coathanger climb, cruise ship crusade, diving birds, diving for trash: Hubbub – 18 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Climate of peers Thousands are expected to attend Friday’s Global Climate Strike gathering at The Domain in Sydney. On September 20, three days before world leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Emergency Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of school students and workers across Australia will join millions […]

The shock of the new

Opinion By ANDREW WOODHOUSE In a controversial decision, Sydney Council has decided to heritage-list a range of modern Brutalist buildings. “These items are proposed for listing to recognise their significance as part of the modern movement of architecture and art in Sydney that were designed from 1945 to 1975,” says Council. However, not all owners […]

Morrison’s drug doubt

By JOHN MOYLE The Morrison Government’s revival of the 2017 Turnbull policy to drug test welfare recipients should come as no surprise, as the Government is awash in a wave of “compassionate conservatism”. The two-year trial will see 5,000 welfare recipients of Newstart and the Youth Allowance have their payments suspended if they test positive […]

Ferocious roosters, flying shark, bun boycott, ship ahoy: Hubbub – 11 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Deadly pecker On 3 Sept, news sources around the world reported a bizarre Australian tragedy about a woman in Adelaide who was pecked to death by her pet rooster. The 76-year-old was collecting eggs on her farm when she was fatally pecked by the rooster, which targeted her varicose veins […]

NSW gambles with democracy

By WENDY BACON The NSW Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) has already established a strong case that NSW Labor disguised a prohibited $100,000 donation from Chinese businessman and property developer Huang Xiangmo by organising ‘straw donors’. A number of minor supporters and donors have admitted that they signed false declaration forms in 2015. One of […]

Cruise ship crisis, dog-gone food, Nine feeds Liberal Party: Hubbub – 4 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Ship avoid Randwick Council is engaging specialists to research potential impacts of a proposed third Sydney terminal for cruise ships at Molineux Point and Yarra Bay in Botany Bay. Mayor Kathy Neilson tabled the motion on 27 August and the council voted overwhelmingly to endorse a budget of $50,000 to […]

School’s out for global warning

By VERONICA ANASSIS School students will meet for urgent climate change action at the Domain in Sydney on September 20 as part of a national protest to abolish coal mining. Supporters of the “Schools Strike 4 Climate” movement are marching once again, fed up with governments not treating climate change seriously. Australian students in the […]

Pell to Hell, killer decisions, drug pushers punished: Hubbub – 28 Aug 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Pell fell back to Hell Disgraced Archbishop George Pell, who won’t be stripped of his titles by The Vatican until all his appeals are exhausted, has apparently decided he will appeal his sex abuse convictions in the High Court. On August 21, Victoria’s Court of Appeal upheld Pell’s December 2018 […]