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Same-Sex Bill’s second birthday

By JAMES HARRISON December 7th marks the second anniversary of Australia’s Same Sex Marriage Bill. The 2017 bill followed a two-month long plebiscite, costing $122 million and achieving a 61.6% ‘yes’ vote, leading to amendments in the Marriage Act. With such a long and controversial campaign period behind the Australian people, the question left is […]

A third act waits for Metro Theatre

by JOHN MOYLE The Metro Theatre in Potts Point may be closer to returning to a full-time performing arts venue than at any time in its recent history if a recently formed committee has its way. “The purpose of the action group is to ensure that the Metro is fully restored as a venue for […]

Stop the Omnibus!

By MICHAEL HITCH “Hostile” demands from the 2017 same-sex marriage debate may be re-ignited as another religious freedom bill, heading for parliament in the coming months could aim to put the traditional "man/woman" definition of marriage back into federal legislation. LGBTIQ+ leaders fear that “hostile amendments” recommended from Philip Ruddock’s 2018 religious freedom review will […]

Oxford Street Shuffle and other Blues

by JOHN MOYLE A stretch of real estate consisting of offices and shops along Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, looks set to undergo a major overhaul by developers as the City of Sydney Council is considering offering it to property and investment group Ashe Morgan. This comes after a long, drawn out process beginning in early 2018, […]

Fish market plans coming out of our gills

By JOAN HENSON City of Sydney councillors have rejected Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott’s call to propose an alternate plan for the Sydney Fish Market’s redevelopment, but will lobby instead to release the overdue Bays Precinct master plan. A Monday June 24 motion affirmed that principles developed over the last 20 years as guidelines for […]

Exemption to party party party

BY MICHAEL HITCH The Mardi Gras parade represents diversity, equality, love… and being permitted to enter a licensed premise after 1:30am. Yes, you did read that right! Sydney-siders, tourists and gays everywhere can rejoice as the NSW Government will once again lift its controversial lockout laws for the Mardi Gras parade following the success of […]

T2 Not a Great City of Sydney Legacy

BY JOHN MOYLE Yes, Dorothy, you can take the rainbow way to Kansas this Mardi Gras, but if you are going via Oxford Street it might be a bumpy ride. Six years after its predecessor in the heart of Taylor Square was rubbed out for safety reasons, last Friday the City of Sydney launched a […]

Nightmare on Oxford Street continues

By John Moyle Oxford Street’s woes continue as it lurches further into the abyss with the lockout laws, many retail vacancies and now parking meters having a detrimental impact on this once vibrant and booming strip. And this year retailers are saying that the annual Mardi Gras March can no longer be counted upon to […]

An Overarching Concern for Public Art

by Michael Hitch The City of Sydney Council has hit the pause button on the controversial Cloud Arch project as tensions rise over the $22 million sculpture. The contentious art piece, set to soar over Sydney’s newly “pedestrianised” George Street, was originally expected to cost $3.5 million and has divided Liberal and Labour Councillors as […]

Better Together the City of Sydney way

By Michael Hitch City of Sydney Council has voted unanimously to grant a $20,000 scholarship to the Equality Project to help facilitate its Better Together conference in Sydney in January 2019. The scholarship will assist with the costs of running the conference under the Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision. Better Together will explore issues facing the […]