Inner West Independent

A new start for Newstart?

By ALLISON HORE Over 80 people living on the Youth Allowance and Newstart have registered to meet up with their local MPs this week to share their stories and call on them to immediately raise the rate of Newstart and Youth Allowance. The meetings, which will be held across the country, are part of a […]

Just get the jab

By MICHAEL HITCH NSW health officials are urging the public to get influenza vaccinations for the 2019 national ‘horror flu season’ as the national death toll nears 300, following the death of a 13-year-old girl from Melbourne last week. Crystal-Lee Wightley had been experiencing flu-like symptoms for three days before she slipped into unconsciousness and […]

Cracks appear in NSW building policy

BY ALEC SMART Mascot Towers, the Sydney apartment blocks from which residents were urged to vacate on June 14 after structural cracks appeared in the basement, remain uninhabitable. Tenants are expected to pay for superficial repairs, although it has since been revealed the flats are moving in a ‘downward motion’ – sinking into the ground, […]

NRMA, asleep at the wheel

Opinion by ANDREW CHUTER The NRMA has a responsibility to inform its members about issues affecting them, so one could reasonably expect that it will have done independent research to ascertain whether initiatives like tollroads are a good thing from the motorist’s point of view. But have they? The NRMA has consistently behaved like an excited […]

Berejiklian Govt stomps on transparency

BY WENDY BACON Public accountability and transparency are often described as core principles of modern parliamentary democracy. However, it is one thing to set up accountability mechanisms, it is quite another for those mechanisms to deliver actual accountability by which is meant a willingness on the part of public officials to account for or accept […]

Opinion: The tollroad folly

By Peter Hehir Concerns long raised by critics of the NSW Government’s inner city tollroads are now being admitted, albeit belatedly, by both the RMS and the Berejiklian Government. When it was proposed years ago that three and four lane tunnels would merge with the inner west local road network, the resulting traffic chaos was […]

Killer dying with his secrets

By Alec Smart In 1987 I hitch-hiked a ride with notorious serial murderer Ivan Milat. So, too, did three of my associates, on different occasions, ten years apart. All of us were intimidated by him and never forgot the ordeal. None of us believe he is innocent, as he claims, and we remain convinced there […]

Weedkiller on trial

BY ALEC SMART Sydney councils are considering suspending use of a notorious glyphosate-based weedkiller, RoundUp, in the wake of a US court case. A couple were awarded a record $AU2.9 billion after a jury agreed it caused their non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a blood cancer. Fairfield Council has phased out the weedkiller and Georges River Council will […]

Marrickville Legal Centre’s birthday cuts

BY JOAN HENSON Marrickville Legal Centre’s (MLC) managing principal solicitor Vasili Maroulis hopes that a state government funding shortfall, arriving on its anniversary, allows it to survive “another 40 years”. Last Monday, the Centre, which serves a catchment of 1.5 million and deals mainly with employment law, lost its sole employment solicitor. “His position will […]

From Little Things …

By Mark Mordue Representatives from Macquarie and Sydney universities and the Inner West Council will gather with green practitioners and other key environmental figures in Marrickville on Friday 24 May to discuss creating a greener, better city. The Rethinking the Urban Forest Conference brings together arborists, urban planners, architects, ecologists, politicians and scientists whose ideas […]