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Historic cottages damned to new hotel horror

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE Whenever an area is termed “rich in heritage” you can bet that a developer will be quick to descend. That is the case in Darlinghurst’s Hardie Street where over a couple of years a developer swooped on six in-line Victorian terraces and now threatens not only the heritage values of the […]

Downunder backpackers in Covid limbo

By JOHN MOYLE In recent weeks we have seen the great Covid safety net fall into place for Job Seekers and Job Keepers while many hospitality workers and entertainers still fail to qualify. There has also been much written about overseas students, who also do not qualify for any support, but little has been heard […]

Sam plays it again

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE A new development plan for 18-32A Darlinghurst Road – including The Bourbon and the Empire Hotel - has emerged under the cover of COVID-19. Titled “Darlinghurst Road Potts Point,” the proposal is the work of award winning architectural firm Tonkinzulaikhagreeer Architects (TZG) for their client Piccadilly Hotel Operation Trust Pty Ltd, […]

Kings Cross Markets return

by JOHN MOYLE It’s been a crazy few weeks under isolation and everyone has their own personal version of how they are coping or not. Even before the lockdown started there was panic buying of toilet paper that seized the popular imagination in a feeble attempt of empowerment against the unknown. For a while there […]

Cross-cultural solutions avoid the virus

by JOHN MOYLE That Sydney’s Kings Cross is resilient is something of an understatement when considering that in recent memory it has survived the eighties’ heroin epidemic and since 2014 has been under the harshest lockout laws in Australia. In spite of all of this the area built and maintained a reputation for some of […]

Detained refugees risk Covid-19 outbreaks

By JOHN MOYLE There is nothing like a pandemic to make us focus on our very survival but that often comes at the cost of forgetting about those such as refugees and asylum seekers, who have no voices in the community. Since the Federal Government introduced Operation Sovereign Borders in September 2013, any person attempting […]

Coronavirus complicates problems faced by homeless

By JOHN MOYLE In uncertain times the one certainty is that the homeless are likely to be hit harder by COVID-19 than the general populace. Health-wise they are already in an unenviable position having a life expectancy of almost half that of the average Australian. The homeless are also over-represented with mental disorders, alcohol and […]

Cockatoo Island may be marooned

BY JOHN MOYLE A very Sydney-centric argument is brewing involving a prized piece of Sydney Harbour real estate, a prominent Sydney board of trustees, a group of arts aficionados and property developers, and the Federal Government all bowing before the high altar of contemporary art. The future of Cockatoo Island is at the argument’s centre, […]

From ScoMo to Scummo in slippery steps

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE A week is a long time in politics and last week must have seemed an eternity for Prime Minister Scott Morrison. That is if Morrison has any ability to reflect at all on his actions that have seen him go from ScoMo the affable to Scummo the slippery. Where the bloody […]

More injecting centres thread the needle

by JOHN MOYLE A recent coronial inquest into the overdose death of a young man in the toilets of Liverpool Hospital has called for a medically supervised injecting centre to be established in the area. The report by Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame said “there is clear evidence arising from this inquest which supports a […]