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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 […]

Blow up the pokies

by JOHN MOYLE In 2000 Tim Freedman of Australian band The Whitlams urged us to “Blow Up The Pokies” and that sentiment is even more urgent today. That Australians love to gamble is an understatement when the national gambling records for 2017-2018 reveals they bet more than $208 billion across all legal forms of wagering, […]

The Cross hung out to dry

by JOHN MOYLE On Tuesday 14th January 2020 Sydney will wake to what it has wanted for five years when the lockout laws will be repealed. The changes will come into effect for the CBD and Oxford Street, but not Kings Cross, which the NSW Government Response to Night Time Economy report says will be […]

How the racing tax scam works

by JOHN MOYLE That the Thoroughbred racing industry is in a crisis cannot be denied. Just before the 2019 Melbourne Cup the ABC broke a damming story on the treatment of working race horses that also highlighted the horrendous manner in which non-performing horses were disposed-of. The fallout was immediate and far reaching for animal […]

Cross in crisis

Opinion by John Moyle While the politicians in Macquarie Street fiddle with the Lockout Laws, Kings Cross is dying a death of a thousand cuts. Since their introduction in 2014 under Liberal premier Barry O’Farrell, the draconian reaction to two deaths in Kings Cross by drunks from outside the area has seen the decimation of […]

Vapes of wrath

by JOHN MOYLE In the wake of recent reports in the US of a number of vaping-related deaths, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer weighed into the controversy with a statement condemning the practice. “There is growing evidence implicating e-cigarettes in a range of harms to individual and population health,” Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer, Australia […]

Morrison’s drug doubt

By JOHN MOYLE The Morrison Government’s revival of the 2017 Turnbull policy to drug test welfare recipients should come as no surprise, as the Government is awash in a wave of “compassionate conservatism”. The two-year trial will see 5,000 welfare recipients of Newstart and the Youth Allowance have their payments suspended if they test positive […]