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Pell to Hell, killer decisions, drug pushers punished: Hubbub – 28 Aug 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Pell fell back to Hell Disgraced Archbishop George Pell, who won’t be stripped of his titles by The Vatican until all his appeals are exhausted, has apparently decided he will appeal his sex abuse convictions in the High Court. On August 21, Victoria’s Court of Appeal upheld Pell’s December 2018 […]

May Murray childcare in limbo

By Lanie Tindale  Marrickville residents are protesting the Inner West council’s recommendation to close down the May Murray Early Learning Centre. Marrickville resident Annabel Prince's two year old son Oliver is enrolled at May Murray. “On Friday night I received an odd email from Council,” said Ms. Prince. The email contained a link leading to the council agenda for the next Council meeting. “Buried within that agenda I discovered […]

Haberfield in a haze over WestConnex

BY WENDY BACON UPDATE: Today, we learned that WestConnex Stage 3 was quietly approved on April 17th without any public announcement until a media release was issued by the NSW Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts this morning. The approval includes the Rozelle Interchange for which there is not even a preliminary construction plan or design. […]

Passas misses protest

BY ALEC SMART Protestors calling for the resignation of Deputy Mayor Julie Passas disrupted an Inner West Council (IWC) meeting after the controversial councilor delayed her appearance by several hours. On 12 December, approximately 10 protestors bearing rainbow-coloured signs saying ‘Please Resign’ were admitted to the Council chambers in a public protest over allegations that […]

A crock at the end of the rainbow

BY JOHN MOYLE It has taken the Inner West Council just two months since its formation to achieve headlines for all the wrong reasons, and most of these come down to two words: Julie Passas. Having served three terms on the old Ashfield Council, in September Councillor Passas was elected as a Liberal candidate for […]

Liberal with her mouth

BY ALEC SMART Inner West Council Deputy Mayor Julie Passas is in hot water over an allegation that she abused and intimidated a gay neighbour after she saw a rainbow flag hanging on his balcony. Ashfield resident Daniel Comensoli posted an accusation on Facebook on November 25 that Ashfield Councillor and Deputy Mayor Julie Passas […]

Inner-west Liberal-Labor pact

BY ALEC SMART A deal between Labor and the Liberal Party in last week’s Inner-West mayoral election has critics furious that democracy has been subverted, with The Greens claiming they’ve been marginalized. The Mayoral election pitted former Leichardt Mayor Darcy Byrne (Labor) against first-time councillor Pauline Lockie (Independent), in a contest that was ultimately decided […]

Inner West goes red and green

BY JOSEPH FENAUGHTY Labor and the Greens were the biggest winners in this weekend’s Inner West Council elections with the Liberal party trailing a distant third. The weekend’s election ended over a year’s uncertainty since the forced amalgamations in 2016. This was the Inner west council’s first chance since to have democratically-elected councillors to preside […]

Ashfield election insider: Labor and the Greens come head-to-head

BY GEORGIA CLARK With early voting opening this week for the Inner West Council elections, the battle for one of three positions on the Ashfield ward is escalating, with predictions swaying in Labor’s favour. The race is braced to be a close call, after the number of Councillors was slashed following the 2016 amalgamation of […]

Marrickville divestment not all it’s fracked up to be

By Mariana Podesta-Diverio Marrickville Council has become the first council in NSW to divest in fossil fuel. In November they voted to take $15 million out of investments in unrenewable energy whenever possible. Marrickville Greens Councillor and candidate for the seat of Summer Hill Max Phillips, who moved the divestment motion, said that divesting from […]