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Govt pork barrelling snubbed independent media

xby John Moyle Senator Bridgette McKenzie was sure aiming high but shooting low when she oversaw the dispersal of the $100 million Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program administered by Sport Australia. Independent analysis of Round Two of the program found that the Senator presented Sport Australia with a list of 236 projects for funding, of […]

Trashing the Powerhouse Museum

Opinion By KYLIE WINKWORTH Something shifted this summer as communities faced unprecedented bushfires. Quiet coastal villages, once an oasis for sleepy summers, were suddenly on the verge of the apocalypse. Inland from the fiery crisis the relentless drought rolls on, sucking the life out of the rivers, land and spirit. For many people these catastrophic […]

Strip-search reforms proposed by Greens

By JAMES HARRISON The NSW Greens have proposed reforms to strip-search and drug dog laws, banning police from strip-searching those under 16 who are not under arrest and forcing people to “squat and cough” during a physical examination. The reform creates a clear definition of a strip-search and limits instances of strip-searching to when there […]

A light rail ramble

Opinion by JACKSON SIMON There has been withering criticism of Sydney’s new light rail line from Randwick to Circular Quay. Many claim that it’s too slow and unreliable, so Jackson Simon travelled on the service to find out more. Trams -v- busses The journey from Randwick to Circular Quay typically takes around 38 minutes by […]

Yabun calling as Australia Day becomes history

by JOHN MOYLE Whoo hoo! Australia Day has passed and Aussies did what they love best: party, party, party! But was not the case for many of Australia’s First Nations people who regard the 26th January as the “Day of Mourning.” Besides the orgy of beer, prawns and general skylarking, 26th of January is also […]

City Council to live-stream meetings

By MAX TILLMAN The City of Sydney Council will begin live-streaming meetings from 10 Feb, ending an enduring debate that has seen independent and liberal councillors advocate for the technology within the chamber. “The Committee meetings will be streamed on 10 February, followed by Council meetings the week after,” a spokesperson for The City of […]

Greens MP pleads not guilty for disobeying police

By ASHNA BHARKHADA NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge pleaded Not Guilty at Manly Local Court on Thurs 16 Jan for failing to obey police orders at a climate change protest outside Kirribbili House last December. Shoebridge, along with ten other activists, was arrested on 19 Dec at a peaceful demonstration involving school-aged children who opposed […]

Assange’s legal access limited

By TARA WESSON WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in Westminster Magistrates Court, London, on Mon 13 Jan where the Court heard that the the Australian journalist's defence team has had a lack of access to their client. This impacts on Assange’s right to a fair trial, ahead of his extradition hearing to USA in Feb […]

Sydney Park farts methane again

by ALEC SMART Like a cud-chewing cow belching ozone-depleting gases, Sydney Park, the former brickworks and garbage dump in St Peters, is burping and farting methane from landfill gas below again. Two areas in the park were fenced-off recently and the park’s managers, City of Sydney, are monitoring the emissions. Signs attached to the fencing […]

Future water: desalination or preservation?

by ALEC SMART The NSW Government Water Minister, Melinda Pavey, has directed the operators of Sydney’s desalination plant to expand the premises as soon as possible to cope with the ongoing drought. The plant, near Captain Cook’s landing place in Kurnell on the southern side of Botany Bay, will double in size and output to […]