Inner West Independent

Historic walkout defers plebiscite demerger vote

BY JOAN HENSON A historic walkout of Inner West councillors has deferred a vote on whether a plebiscite should undo the council’s amalgamation. On Tuesday 26 March, Mayor Darcy Byrne used the first council agenda item to request a retraction and apology from two colleagues for alleged Facebook comments made last July. At the time of […]

Damned lies and politics

By Peter Hehir The ALP’s argument against stopping Stage 3b (aka the Rozelle Interchange) is that it would cost too much to buy back the contract; a contract that was only signed a week before Xmas. It is telling though that hundreds of millions were outlaid in evicting families and businesses well before the 13,000 […]

Tweedle dumb or Tweedle dumber?

By Peter Hehir Is anything really going to change on the 23rd of this month? Let’s assume Glad the Impaler gets up and we are yet again subjected to another four years of her neoconservative brutality. Everything that hasn’t been sold is then put up for sale, forgoing any pretence of morality or of acting […]

A child shall lead them

By Peter Hehir ALP flyers in Summer Hill and Balmain are attempting to allay the fears of residents concerned about the Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT). A recent City Hub article outlined a scenario whereby at some point after the election Labor would do a back flip on their election promise to oppose the WHT. Well […]

Small Business Party plays big

BY JOHN MOYLE When City of Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas founded the Small Business Party last year she initially intended just to run for the Upper House; that is, until she found two outstanding candidates who were determined to have a tilt at the House of Representatives. Both Fiona Douskou and Aaron Le Saux are […]

Residents march against Adani

BY SARAH MCLENAGHAN Inner West residents have marched through Newtown ahead of the Federal election to pressure local politicians to commit to stopping the Adani Coal Mine project. On Sunday protestors gathered in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park before marching through King Street in a rally against climate change organised by the campaign group Stop Adani […]

OPINION: The ALP’s Tunnel Vision?

BY PETER HEHIR When the ALP’s Jodi McKay said last Saturday at the Birchgrove tennis court meeting, in front of about 200 residents, that “If elected, the ALP won’t build the Western Harbour Tunnel,” what she really meant was that they wouldn’t build the remaining 60%. She neither acknowledged nor addressed the fact that a […]

Opinion: Just how corrupt is NSW?

By Peter Hehir Is the NSW Government simply incompetent? Or is it corrupt? Is it a mix of both? Is WestConnex the handiwork of the seriously impaired or is it just plain old graft? The Guardian’s Christopher Knaus states, “According to the most widely recognised measure of public-sector corruption – Transparency International’s corruption perception index […]

Disquiet on the Inner Western Front

By Peter Hehir If the ALP is interested in winning the respect of the Inner West community – a respect that they’ve lost due to their appalling past performance in relation to the provision of public transport and because of their support for WestConnex – then there are seven key initiatives that they should give […]

Fix NSW: The litany of failure.

By Peter Hehir The NSW ALP wrote the script for their electoral massacre in 2011 with political corruption surfacing on so many fronts. Was it their push for privatisation, their many bungled public transport proposals or simply that too many pigs at the trough were caught with their trotters in the till? The resultant electoral […]