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Stripping back Police powers

By JOHN MOYLE Police across NSW are increasingly using strip searches incorrectly as they target young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as they ramp up their war on low level drug possession. In November 2018 an internal NSW Police report admitted that the force had been applying the power to strip search inconsistently […]

Is it too late to save koalas?

BY MERRILL WITT Current predictions for the future of wild koalas in NSW are very grim, according to testimony given by scientific and environmental experts at last Friday's Upper House inquiry into “Koala populations and habitat in NSW.” Sydney University’s Associate Professor of Life and Environmental Sciences Mathew Crowther, whose research focus is the Liverpool […]

WestCONnex dodges air quality conditions

By WENDY BACON The M4 East Tunnel has been allowed to open last week, although several important conditions imposed by NSW Planning have not been fulfilled. The failure to meet these conditions exposes Inner West residents to potential health risks. After a number of concerns about gas leaks and other safety concerns slowed progress, the […]

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 […]

United for accessible treatment

By MICHAEL HITCH The Uniting Church and its service arm, Uniting, took another step towards reforming drug laws after screening their documentary film, Half A Million Steps, in Paddington recently. The film documents the 'Long Walk to Treatment' - a group trek from Dubbo in central-west NSW to Parliament House in Sydney. The Long Walk […]

WestConnex dirty secrecy games

BY WENDY BACON AND LUKE BACON Fresh evidence of poor air quality in St Peters has been actively hidden from parents and the community by WestConnex. This includes higher levels of fine particulate matter which is known to be dangerous to health, especially that of small children, pregnant women, older people and those with heart […]

“Dob in a Dealer” Fizzles

BY JOHN MOYLE Last week, the final leg of the Crime Stoppers’ travelling roadshow “Dob in a Drug Dealer” wheeled into Kings Cross. In attendance at Fitzroy Gardens were two senior Crime Stoppers executives, senior police and around 10 junior police dragooned from the KX Police Station, all watching over a table groaning with free […]

Parliament digs up WestCONnex dirt

By Wendy Bacon WestConnex may be Australia’s biggest infrastructure project but according to Reverend Fred Nile, who chaired a Parliamentary Inquiry into its impacts, it’s also the worst example of lack of transparency in NSW. The report,which was released this week, is a devastating critique of the 34-kilometre tollway network. The Committee found the NSW […]

Greens silent over Newtown battle

A high stakes Greens preselection campaign is underway for the newly-created electorate of Newtown, with former Marrickville mayor Fiona Byrne battling serial candidate Jenny Leong in the notionally Greens seat. Nominations opened on Tuesday, and so high is the pressure surrounding the vote that candidates will not speak to media. Greens members elected to have […]

WikiLeaks calls for electoral reform

Calls have broadened for reform of the preferential voting system, which has been accused of abuse through the creation of micro parties diverting votes to parties holding minimal public support. John Shipton, Julian Assange’s father and the WikiLeaks Party’s Chief Executive Officer, warned that the voting system was being misused. "The system is being exploited […]