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Coronavirus cruise ship facing criminal investigation

by ALEC SMART Over the weekend of 4-5 April, in ‘Operation Nemesis’, which NSW Police described as “the largest peacetime maritime operation in Sydney's history,” five cruise ships loitering in Sydney Harbour were restocked with fresh food and supplies and, after some crew members transferred vessels, escorted out into the Pacific Ocean. At the same […]

Hillsong link to Ruby Princess claimed

By ALEC SMART Explosive accusations shared across social media have linked the controversial Hillsong Church with the infamous death ship Ruby Princess. On March 19, the cruise ship Ruby Princess hurriedly disembarked 2647 passengers into the heart of Sydney at Circular Quay’s Overseas Passengers Terminal - all but 12 of whom were allowed to disperse […]

Teen girl charged after Asian women attacked

By ALEC SMART A 17-year-old girl was arrested after two Asian women were racially abused and threatened in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west whilst they were crossing a road. The incident was filmed on several mobile phones, including a resident in a house overlooking the crossing, and widely shared on social media. The assailant, a […]

Bondi rescue: Covid-19 testing clinic at beach

By ALEC SMART On 1 April a pop-up clinic to test for Covid-19 was established in Bondi Pavilion on Bondi Beach promenade. The testing station was implemented by NSW Health after a surge of coronavirus cases in the Bondi area. The increase was attributed to backpackers ignoring social distancing rules and swarms of tourists that […]

Alcohol rationing to deter binge-buying

By ALEC SMART In a bid to curb coronavirus panic-buying, such as we’ve seen with toilet paper, pasta, hand sanitiser and headache tablets, Retail Drinks Australia has introduced limits on alcohol purchases across Australia. The new restrictions are guidelines and not government-mandated. Retail Drinks, a national industry body that represents the interests of packaged retail […]

Hands-free pedestrian crossings by Sydney hospitals

by ALEC SMART Pedestrian crossings in the vicinities of hospitals, which usually require push-button operation to stop traffic, are being switched to automatic, to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. The signals will be automated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the foreseeable future. This means pedestrians no longer need to push […]

Trouble brewing in Sydney’s inner west

by ALEC SMART Brewery tasting tours are one of the popular attractions of Sydney’s Inner West, where a diverse group of microbreweries regularly draw in punters, keen to sample the amber nectar. The breweries, many of which are within walking distance of each other, range from small niche operators, like Willie the Boatman and Bucket […]

Massage parlour given first COVID-19 fine

By ALEC SMART A massage parlour in central Sydney is the first business in NSW to be closed and fined for violating the new COVID-19 regulations. On 26 March a police patrol checking businesses were complying with the Public Health Order found the premises, on Sussex Street in the CBD, was still operating, despite government […]

Fun Police halt home-delivered cocktails

by ALEC SMART The Rio cocktail bar in Summer Hill, in Sydney's inner west, was shut down On Tues 24 March by licensing police for running a home-delivery drinks service. This closure came despite the owner explaining to the police officers that home-delivery was permitted by the Federal Government in the rules announced by the […]

Unemployment relief unavailable

by ALEC SMART After the Federal Government demanded closure of large sectors of the workforce that dealt with the public, which primarily affected those working in venues (cinemas, theatres), hospitality (restaurants, pubs, clubs), performance arts (bands, actors, comedians), and indoor sporting venues (public pools, gyms), thousands of newly-unemployed tried to register at Centrelink offices. On […]