City News

Building safety on the edge

BY ALEC SMART Residents of a four-year-old building in Sydney’s inner-southern Rosebery have been warned not to let their children play on the balconies, or allow more than three people to stand on them, after safety investigators found they were of “inadequate strength”. Otto Rosebery, an ‘island site’ of 298 multi-storey apartments bordered by four […]

Harbour health dead in the water

By VERONICA ANASSIS Stormwater debris from suburban gutter and land pollution are destroying Sydney Harbour, smothering marine life and creating uninhabitable areas called “dead zones,” say researchers. According to the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), they’ve found patches of harbour water where no signs of life, not even bacteria, can exist due to low […]

Climactic clash, riled Royals, traumatic trawler, gay apple: Hubbub – 9 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Climate Chained Radical environmentalists Extinction Rebellion (XR) have chosen this week and next for rallies and civil disturbance to draw attention to the climate crisis threatening the planet. Protests, many involving activists chaining themselves to immovable objects (or each other), have taken place in the USA, Europe, India, and Australasia. […]

Jones’ town cools aid

by ALEC SMART 2GB Radio broadcaster Alan Jones, who faced censure and a massive advertiser boycott for suggesting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison should ‘give a backhander’ and ‘shove a sock down the throat’ of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has attacked one of his principle boycotters. Apparently buoyed by a recent survey revealing […]

Lockout laws take new twist

Opinion By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Kings Cross is at the epicentre of a storm. This week the state government’s Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s Night Time Economy delivered its report. It recommended 40 changes to controversial lockout laws. Lockouts were introduced in February 2014 to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence. Teenager, Daniel Christie, died in January 2014, the […]

Light rail traders railroaded

by JOHN MOYLE Just as Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) had finished crowing about settling a $1.1billion light rail legal claim for the bargain amount of $576million they are preparing to defend a new $400 million claim. The class action set down for a hearing on July 1 next year is being brought by […]

Brewery brawl, car thievery captured, Endeavour’s endeavour: Hubbub – 2 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Brewery brawl A fight disrupted a punk rock gig at Staves Brewery in Glebe on Sunday 29 Sept, resulting in broken furniture, smashed beer glasses and a window, damaged drums and a woman punched. The brawl attracted six carloads of police. City Hub was told two members of the band […]

The Big Anxiety Festival

For the past week, the world's biggest mental health and arts festival has taken over Sydney. The Big Anxiety Festival is hoping to change the way people think about and deal with the issue of mental health. The Big Anxiety Festival is of particular importance simply due to the sheer volumes of people who experience mental health issues, […]

Fighting for hope

Opinion by PETER HEHIR With politicians all over the world still stumbling about, lost in the maze of the late 19th century right/left polemics, I was pleasantly reminded of the time I was privileged to interview one of my two political heroes. It was in the early 80’s. The exact date is buried somewhere in […]

Houston, we have a problem with you

By ALEC SMART Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed as ‘gossip’ but didn’t deny the report in the Wall Street Journal that he sought a visa for his spiritual mentor, Pentecostal minister Brian Houston, to accompany him on his visit to the USA on his new jet – Shark One – for a state banquet with […]