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Treasure from trash

By MICHAEL HITCH The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre takes another step towards sustainable living after announcing the people’s choice winner at the conclusion of their ‘ART from TRASH’ exhibition in Marrickville. The exhibition, held at ‘MakerSpace & Co’ from August 2nd to August 11th, aimed to educate people in the value of what is […]

High rollers worry wombats

By MICHAEL HITCH As Crown Resort’s newest sky-scraper starts to loom over Barangaroo, so do growing concerns over the casino group’s dodgy dealings. A joint investigation by 60 Minutes, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, spanning the course of more than a year, has found Crown Resorts to be involved with money-laundering, Chinese crime-bosses, Community […]

Stop the Omnibus!

By MICHAEL HITCH “Hostile” demands from the 2017 same-sex marriage debate may be re-ignited as another religious freedom bill, heading for parliament in the coming months could aim to put the traditional "man/woman" definition of marriage back into federal legislation. LGBTIQ+ leaders fear that “hostile amendments” recommended from Philip Ruddock’s 2018 religious freedom review will […]

The Issue with Issuu

By MICHAEL HITCH Does this image seem inappropriate to you? Does it offend you? Are you uncomfortable with the human body? The issue of censoring women’s bodies and specifically, their breasts, rears its ugly head again after the City Hub newspaper’s online back issue was censored by digital publishing platform, Issuu. When City Hub uploaded […]

Just get the jab

By MICHAEL HITCH NSW health officials are urging the public to get influenza vaccinations for the 2019 national ‘horror flu season’ as the national death toll nears 300, following the death of a 13-year-old girl from Melbourne last week. Crystal-Lee Wightley had been experiencing flu-like symptoms for three days before she slipped into unconsciousness and […]

Retired Doctor still cares for trans patients

By MICHAEL HITCH and RHIANNON SOLIMAN A leading Sydney endocrinologist has responded to the transgender community following his sudden retirement earlier in June, claiming “unnecessary restrictions” were placed on him by the Medical Council of NSW. Dr Jonathan Hayes, who has provided hormone treatment to trans patients for over thirty years, responded to concerns from […]

United for accessible treatment

By MICHAEL HITCH The Uniting Church and its service arm, Uniting, took another step towards reforming drug laws after screening their documentary film, Half A Million Steps, in Paddington recently. The film documents the 'Long Walk to Treatment' - a group trek from Dubbo in central-west NSW to Parliament House in Sydney. The Long Walk […]

Free speech fails Folau

By Michael Hitch The Israel Folau and Rugby Australia battle rages on as the Fair Work commission continues to hear Folau’s case, with concerns from legal experts that Rugby Australia is fighting an up-hill battle involving religious discrimination, freedom of speech and contract law. From a Tongan family, Folau’s professional sporting career included two years […]

No shame in renaming

By Michael Hitch While the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras may reign true to its reputation of bare chests and micro-plastic glitter – but can the same can be said for its reputation of inclusivity? The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SLGMG) could be seeing another name-change after organisation members met in April, […]

Stripped Down

BY MICHAEL HITCH If you’ve walked through Redfern and Central Stations recently you may have noticed a few subtle changes. Perhaps more police. Perhaps more sniffer dogs. But the most insidious of all may be the not-so-private “privacy screens” set-up by police for the purpose of strip-searches. The Redfern Legal Centre and the “Safe and […]