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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 […]

Arrest us

By WENDY BACON This week I joined more than sixty other women on #ArrestUs in support of a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW. All of the signatories have had one or more abortions in NSW. This statement is part of a much broader campaign led by a Pro-Choice coalition of sixty organisations including Family […]

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 […]

Asbestos policy needs support

BY JOAN HENSON​ Linden Thorley’s home was covered in deadly asbestos after an Australia Street warehouse fire on June 17 last year.​ It took over 10 months to completely clean his address of asbestos. His home had to be demolished as it could not remain standing with the necessary removal of 100 millimetres of soil.​ […]

FEDERAL ELECTION – Grayndler electorate profile

By ALLISON HORE Sydney’s inner-city seats are home to some of the federal government’s most high profile politicians. The seat of Grayndler is no exception. Grayndler covers the inner south of Sydney’s CBD and includes Leichhardt and parts of Ashfield, Canterbury and Marrickville council areas. Labor powerhouse Anthony Albanese has been sitting in the seat […]

Clean sweep for Greens

BY WENDY BACON Greens MP for Newtown Jenny Leong recorded the highest vote ever for a Greens MP in a single member electorate in Australia in the NSW election last weekend. Leong recorded 46.8 per cent of the primary vote, with a small swing towards her from her 2015 result. In central Newtown around King […]

Public housing pushed out

BY ALANA LEVENE Over the past five years, Barney Gardner has watched his Miller’s Point community slowly fall apart. The 69-year-old retired wharf worker knew his working-class suburb had little chance of survival when in 2014, the government announced the intended sale of 300 harbourfront public housing properties. Tenants in Millers Point, Dawes Point, and […]

The state of drug use

BY MICHAEL HITCH Following the deaths of five people at NSW music festivals since September 2018, and the cold fact that drug-induced deaths have now reached their highest number in 20 years, the matter of reforming drug policy in Australia has reached a critical point for many. The Greens MP for Newtown, Jenny Leong, is […]

Newtown Electorate Profile

By ALLISON HORE The state election is now only two weeks away and the race for the NSW parliament is on its final leg. And with the polling margins between Labor and Liberal drawing ever closer, those seats currently held by crossbenchers will be the ones to watch. One such seat is Newtown, which stretches […]

Abortion in NSW – IT’S TIME.

By WENDY BACON I’m daring to hope that this will be the last NSW election when abortion remains on the Crimes Act in NSW.  Abortion has always been available for those in the know, those with enough money and those who could find out where to go. When I was growing up in the 1950s […]