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THE NAKED CITY – SUBURBAN ROULETTE

Sydney, since its very beginning, has always been an ever-changing landscape. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the way certain suburbs fall in and out of favour. Back in the early 80s one of the daily papers conducted a survey of all metropolitan suburbs according to their desirability as a place to live […]

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MOYLE On Tuesday 14th January 2020 Sydney will wake to what it has wanted for five years when the lockout laws will be repealed.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 […]

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 […]

Vale – Reverend Ray Richmond

Memoriam by ANDREW WOODHOUSE The Reverend Ray Richmond passed away in September 2019. He was a pioneer, maverick, general good bloke, even possibly a saint. One big-name CEO told me once, “if anyone needed a job or second chance in life, Ray would employ them at the chapel to give them a reference, even if […]

THE NAKED CITY – SYDNEY’S MUSIC CENTRAL

In a city where live music has taken a real beating over the past decade or so, one suburb is defying the trend with a string of venues far outnumbering what other precincts have to offer. Whereas areas such as the Sydney CBD and Kings Cross once boasted numerous live music venues, it’s Marrickville that […]

Lockout laws take new twist

Opinion By ANDREW WOODHOUSE Kings Cross is at the epicentre of a storm. This week the state government’s Joint Select Committee on Sydney’s Night Time Economy delivered its report. It recommended 40 changes to controversial lockout laws. Lockouts were introduced in February 2014 to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence. Teenager, Daniel Christie, died in January 2014, the […]

Stripping back Police powers

By JOHN MOYLE Police across NSW are increasingly using strip searches incorrectly as they target young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as they ramp up their war on low level drug possession. In November 2018 an internal NSW Police report admitted that the force had been applying the power to strip search inconsistently […]

THE NAKED CITY: Whatever Happened To Mid Week Music?

There’s much talk recently about making Sydney a 24-hour city, revitalising the night-time culture and asserting our role as one of the world’s leading cosmopolitan cities. The Olympics back in 2000 proved that this could be done, albeit driven by a unique one-off event and compacted into a period of only a few weeks. Nevertheless, […]

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, […]