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Strip-searches to continue

BY ALEC SMART NSW Police remain defiant that they will continue strip-searches during drug detection operations, despite recommendations they cease the practice by NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame during a recent inquiry into six recreational drug deaths at music festivals. On Nov 18 NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller defended his force's use of strip searches, […]

A Very Naughty Xmas

By Rita Bratovich Get Hyp! For unique, feel-good gift buying it’s hard to find anywhere better than Hypmotive Hub - and their Christmas market promises to be extra special. Artists, designers and makers from the Inner West will bring their very best wares to Marrickville on December 14, and they’ll be on hand to help […]

Parade or Protest: what matters more?

By RITA BRATOVICH Members of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will elect its board of directors this Saturday, November 30, in what has the potential to be a highly volatile Annual General Meeting. Vying for a place each on the board are four candidates from the group Pride In Protest. The group has been […]

Elizabeth Bay residents all a-buzz

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE “Bzzz bzzz.” Hear that? That, dear readers, is the hum of a “bee hotel” coming to a park near you in Lawrence Hargrave Reserve, Elizabeth Bay, if Sydney’s Lord Mayor and Queen Bee, Clover Moore, has her way. Lock up your children. A 24-hour, 7-day bee hotel is not a honey-making […]

Assange – Sweden drops rape allegations

BY ALEC SMART Swedish authorities announced on Nov 20 they will discontinue their investigations into a rape allegation levelled at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which dates back to 2010, the third time they’ve been dropped. Sweden’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson declared: “After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of […]

Star Casino fight far from over

By ALLISON HORE On Wednesday the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) released the findings of their review of the Star Casino’s plans for a 237-metre tower in Pyrmont, rejecting it on the grounds that it was “overly obtrusive”. The tower development was part of the Star Casino’s strategy to remain competitive with Crown’s $2.2 billion resort […]

Westconnex out chopping again

By ALLISON HORE On Thursday 7 November, over 150 residents attended a meeting held by Balmain MP Jamie Parker, calling on the government and the Inner West Council to back away from a plan to fell trees in Annandale for the Whites Creek Link section of the Westconnex project. “The government is waging a war […]

Inner West Council moves Australia Day celebrations

By ELIZA SPENCER In an historic decision, Sydney’s Inner West Council (IWC) has voted to move the annual Australia Day celebrations to January 25, the day before the existing national holiday, becoming the first NSW council to change the controversial date. On 12 November, after a heated debate within council chambers, the motion passed with […]

Drug doubt cops strip-search girls

BY ALEC SMART On November 8, NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame released her findings from the three-week inquest into six MDMA-related deaths of youths aged 18-23 at music festivals between Dec 2017 - Jan 2019. Grahame recommended the NSW Government radically alter its drug policy, including: halting strip-searching; ceasing the use of dogs to sniff […]

Cracks appear in passenger jets

By VANESSA LIM Cracks in Qantas’ Boeing 737NG planes have raised safety concerns for consumers flying this holiday period. The cracks, which are located on “pickle forks,” so named because of their resemblance to the kitchen utensil, have been found on a load-bearing assembly, which attaches firmly to each side of the fuselage between the […]