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Visas, daring & Australian luck

Opinion by JOSEPH O’DONOGHUE My job is related to the airline industry, so these are quite uncertain times. Luckily though, I have a helpful professional network that I can reach out to if things turn bad. My written and spoken English are excellent. I understand the cultural nuances of the Australian workplace because I’ve grown […]

Lockout laws lacklustre at least

By ALLISON HORE New data released last week casts doubt on the claims that Sydney’s controversial ‘lockout laws’ have led to a decrease in violence in the CBD areas that they cover. The University of Sydney research involved using new methods of statistical analysis to look into existing violent crime data. The preliminary findings show […]

Lockout laws: a defence

Opinion by Andrew Woodhouse When the 2014 lockout laws were introduced, Kings Cross residents hoped they’d get their streets back and the night-time economy would cease butchering the daytime economy. The legal amendments were introduced by the O’Farrell government to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence; all other measures having failed. Teenager Daniel Christie died in January 2014, […]

Grand Reopening?

As tourists and locals alike flock to the inner city to take in the delights of Vivid Sydney’s night economy appears to be vibrant and thriving. However, come into the city at any other time of year and you realise that this is actually far from the case. In order to reinvigorate the late night […]

Legislative Council winners and losers

BY ALLISON HORE Finland has chosen a new prime minister, the Israeli prime minister has secured a re-election, Turkish municipal elections have made headlines around the world, a new date for Brexit has been set and a federal election date has been announced. All while voters in NSW awaited the final results of the Upper […]

Legislative Council power balance

By ALLISON HORE Last month’s state election handed another term to the Coalition but the results for the upper house of NSW, the Legislative Council, are still rolling in and the crossbench is growing. The NSW Legislative Council is elected by a proportional representation system which treats the whole state as one single electorate. This […]

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 […]

Candidate Profile: Laura White (Keep Sydney Open)

By KYLE HUWALDT Laura White is a 3rd generation citizen of Newtown, Sydney, NSW. For the past six years Laura has worked in Newtown’s travel industry, but has also worked with the clubs, party venues, dancers and DJs that constitute Sydney’s nightlife. When asked about her political experience, she said, “I am not a politician: […]

Exemption to party party party

BY MICHAEL HITCH The Mardi Gras parade represents diversity, equality, love… and being permitted to enter a licensed premise after 1:30am. Yes, you did read that right! Sydney-siders, tourists and gays everywhere can rejoice as the NSW Government will once again lift its controversial lockout laws for the Mardi Gras parade following the success of […]

Rally demands pill testing

By Laura Neill The pill-testing debate ignited at Town Hall last Saturday as hundreds of pro-testing campaigners rallied to force the issue on the government’s election agenda, just one week after the recent drug-related fatality of 19-year-old Alex King. Hundreds of protesters brandishing signs and banners gathered outside Sydney Town Hall to protest the NSW […]