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Transport chaos expected as Sydney eases Lockdown Laws

by ALEC SMART On 8 May the Australian Government announced a three-stage strategy to ease the restrictions introduced on 22 March to halt the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The emergency measures, which saw the country enter a near-total ‘lockdown’ on March 30, are being repealed and ‘stage three’ - where society returns to a […]

Downunder backpackers in Covid limbo

By JOHN MOYLE In recent weeks we have seen the great Covid safety net fall into place for Job Seekers and Job Keepers while many hospitality workers and entertainers still fail to qualify. There has also been much written about overseas students, who also do not qualify for any support, but little has been heard […]

Starving students still waiting for NSW Govt support

By WENDY BACON On 15 May, the NSW government announced a $20 million housing and advice assistance package for international students in NSW. NSW, which has the most international students and the most expensive housing market, was the last to offer them assistance. Coming after a week of stories featuring images of hungry students queuing […]

How Green Bans preserved Sydney for the future

By ALEC SMART ‘Green bans’ is a term synonymous with collective action to conserve heritage and preserve the environment. The green bans that were imposed and enforced by the NSW Builders' Labourers Federation (BLF) union in the early 1970s, which halted major construction projects and cost investors millions of dollars, were, arguably, the saving grace […]

Marsh’s new mural mocks the coal-ition

by ALEC SMART Scott Marsh, satirical wall mural artist, has unveiled another topical painting in central Sydney mocking the federal coal-ition government and their mining and media connections. On 18 May Marsh shared his colourful new piece, titled Ivory Tower, on social media, which features a few familiar scenes from Australia’s summer of Apocalyptic bushfires. Above the […]

George Street Cinemas To Be Demolished

Sydney's iconic George Street Cinemas have been earmarked for demolition following the City of Sydney's approval of two Mirvac development applications to be constructed on the site. In its place two new mixed use towers, approximately 150 and 270 metres tall, will rise into the Sydney skyline. These two new towers will be comprised of […]

Visas, daring & Australian luck

Opinion by JOSEPH O’DONOGHUE My job is related to the airline industry, so these are quite uncertain times. Luckily though, I have a helpful professional network that I can reach out to if things turn bad. My written and spoken English are excellent. I understand the cultural nuances of the Australian workplace because I’ve grown […]

Vale Jack Mundey, saviour of Sydney city

By MEREDITH BURGMANN The true saviour of inner city Sydney, Jack Mundey died this week on 10 May 2020, aged 90. We residents owe our pleasant and convenient lifestyle to Jack and the rank and file members of the NSW Builders Labourers’ Federation (BLF). Sydney would be a very different place if the BLF had […]

Alan Jones retires over health concerns

by Mike Hitch Australia’s most influential radio broadcaster and infamous shock-jock, Alan Jones will retire from 2GB at the end of May after doctors advised him his workload was “detrimental” to his health. 79-year-old Jones announced his retirement on Tuesday 12 May during his radio show on Sydney’s 2GB and Brisbane’s 4BC to millions of […]

Gay-hate murder suspect arrested

by ALEC SMART A 49-year-old man has been arrested for the 1988 gay-hate murder of Scott Johnson, whose naked body was found on a rock ledge at the base of a cliff near Manly on Sydney’s North Shore. On 10 Dec 1988, the 27-year-old American was discovered by a 13-year-old boy and two spear fishermen […]