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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 […]

Cops strip kid, festivals fiasco, horses knackered, tiger time: Hubbub – 23 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Scents and sensibilities On Monday the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) opened an investigation into whether NSW Police engaged in "serious misconduct" during the allegedly unlawful strip-search of a 16-year-old girl at a music festival. The public inquiry heard that the girl was stopped after a drug-sniffing dog sat down […]

Pyrmont in the cross-hairs

By ALLISON HORE Following the release of the results from the Greater Sydney Commission’s review of the planning protocols in Pyrmont at the end of last month, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the NSW Government’s intentions to “transform” Pyrmont into “the next jobs hub”. “For our city and State to continue to be the jobs capital […]

Abortion no longer a crime in NSW

By WENDY BACON Update: On September 26, the NSW Legislative Assembly passed the Abortion bill to take abortion out of the NSW Crimes Act. The bill was passed with all its amendments and on the voices without a division.   The story provides an insight into how the bill progressed through parliament.  The Human Rights Law […]

Abortion bill delay

BY WENDY BACON NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian caved in to pressure from opponents of abortion this week delaying a final vote in the Legislative Council until September. This is a bitter disappointment to hundreds of Pro-Choice supporters who rallied outside NSW Parliament on Tuesday morning, calling for the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill to be […]

Star falls in Pyrmont

By VANESSA LIM The NSW Department of Planning has advised the Independent Planning Commission to reject the Ritz Carlton development proposal as it was inconsistent with the character of Pyrmont. Lord Mayor Clover Moore of the City of Sydney explained that Pyrmont was now one of Sydney’s most liveable suburbs. “This proposal has threatened Pyrmont’s […]

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 […]

Steps to a greener Sydney

By ALLISON HORE In the last week of June, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a $340 million dollar “Open Spaces and Greener Sydney” package, outlining her commitment to increasing Sydney’s tree canopy and creating more quality green spaces in residential areas. “Planting trees and creating new parks is just as important as building new roads, […]

Cracks appear in NSW building policy

BY ALEC SMART Mascot Towers, the Sydney apartment blocks from which residents were urged to vacate on June 14 after structural cracks appeared in the basement, remain uninhabitable. Tenants are expected to pay for superficial repairs, although it has since been revealed the flats are moving in a ‘downward motion’ – sinking into the ground, […]