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Sorry, not sorry, for Indigenous youth, apparently

By ALEC SMART On the week of Sorry Day, the national day to commemorate the mistreatment of Australia’s first peoples by European settlers, it was revealed that the NSW Govt plan to slash vital support funding to an Aboriginal welfare service that provides essential help to Indigenous children. The Sorry Day, aka National Day of […]

Fast-track for new fish market

By ALLISON HORE The NSW Government announced that the development proposal for the new Sydney Fish Market will be fast-tracked through the planning assessment system, which NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian claims is part of a bid to boost the state’s economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The fish market proposal, by Danish architecture […]

Cross-current demands to stop Powerhouse move

By ALEC SMART As the June date for the controversial closure and eventual destruction of the Powerhouse Museum draws closer, with its exhibits transferred to a new building out west, opponents are ramping up pressure for the museum to remain at its current site in Ultimo. An inquiry, featuring cross-party members from NSW Legislative Council, […]

Easter cancelled; minister canned

By ALEC SMART Drones, helicopters and number plate recognition technology were employed across NSW to catch those attempting to go on holiday for the Easter long weekend, to prevent them breaching social distancing laws and spreading Covid-19. NSW’s coronavirus death toll has reached 23 with close to 3,000 confirmed cases of infection. Prime Minister Scott […]

NSW Covid-19 lockdown might end June 30

By JAMES HARRISON NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller announced on Tuesday 2 April that the state’s tough coronavirus laws will probably end in 90 days, with no current plan to extend them. The announcement came alongside NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian praising the people of NSW for helping flatten the COVID-19 curve and reducing the rate […]

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 […]

Christmas shopping as the world burns!

By ANDREW TOVEY Yesterday, the last Saturday before Christmas, I ventured out into the city to buy my one single Christmas gift. Our family does secret Santa to keep things minimal. I was about to wade into retail madness. The backdrop of Sydney on shopping overdrive was sobering. Yesterday had a high probability of being […]

Underage boys stripped by police

By VERONICA ANASSIS Pressure mounts to reform drug detection practices after an inquiry revealed the NSW Police have engaged in strip-searches of underage boys as young as 15 years old. The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) heard allegations that a teen was told to “hold your dick and lift your balls up and show me […]

Traders railroaded by trams

BY ALEC SMART After months of delays and a $1.3 billion cost overrun, Sydney’s L2 tram line extension, the CBD and South East Light Rail from Circular Quay to Randwick via Surry Hills and Moore Park, will open to the public at 11am on Saturday December 14. It will be the first time since 1961 […]

Drug doubt cops strip-search girls

BY ALEC SMART On November 8, NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame released her findings from the three-week inquest into six MDMA-related deaths of youths aged 18-23 at music festivals between Dec 2017 - Jan 2019. Grahame recommended the NSW Government radically alter its drug policy, including: halting strip-searching; ceasing the use of dogs to sniff […]