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Sniffer dog days

BY MICHAEL HITCH It’s not just you; it seems that everyone’s got a bone to pick with sniffer dogs. New research has proven that deploying drug detection dogs at festivals and public places encourages dangerous drug consumption. The study, conducted by RMIT University, not only found that sniffer dog presence increases unsafe drug practices, but […]

Second pill-testing trial

BY MICHAEL HITCH Canberra paves the way once again after rolling out the second successful pill-testing medical service pilot at the Groovin The Moo music festival. The pill-testing trial, designed to reduce harm by “providing health advice to young people,” was organised and conducted on Sunday 28 April by Pill Testing Australia (PTA), Take Control […]

Labor to cancel conversion therapy

BY MICHAEL HITCH Gay conversion therapy (GCT) could soon be a punishment of the past, with Labor promising to outlaw the practice in the lead-up to next month’s election. As the federal election looms near, Bill Shorten has vowed to put an end to the “dangerous and discredited” practice, as well as to introduce funding […]

Colourful queer women

BY MICHAEL HITCH The non-profit organisation for queer migrant women, SheQu, put representation to the forefront after holding a protest screening of “The Revival: Women and the Word” (2016), an award-winning documentary directed by Sekiya Dorsett about a US tour group of black lesbian artists. Screened for the first time at the Red Rattler Theatre […]

Trans Power: The call for inclusivity

BY MICHAEL HITCH “We’re here. We’re queer. We’re fabulous, don’t f*ck with us!” the crowd shouted as it proceeded down King Street. The student-led “Trans Day of Visibility” rally, held in the centre of Newtown last Sunday, was awash with pink and blue flags, six-inch high heels and tears of both joy and sorrow. The […]

The state of drug use

BY MICHAEL HITCH Following the deaths of five people at NSW music festivals since September 2018, and the cold fact that drug-induced deaths have now reached their highest number in 20 years, the matter of reforming drug policy in Australia has reached a critical point for many. The Greens MP for Newtown, Jenny Leong, is […]

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 […]

Bad Apples in the barrel

By Michael Hitch Tech giant Apple has left a sour taste in a customer’s mouth when staff at the Bondi Junction store withheld an iPhone belonging to a twelve-year-old girl after she left it at the store to be repaired on 29 December. The screen of the phone was cracked. When she returned on 31 […]

Love, war and property

By Michael Hitch Branco Macura, a gay man from Serbia, lost his partner, Milorad Adzic, in 2016. Now, after the death of his partner, Branco is fighting solicitors and community members in order to keep what is rightfully his. Branco is an Australian Army veteran and Milorad is a World War 2 veteran, and they […]

ARCCO vs Bower dispute going to court

By Michael Hitch The case of the missing rental agreement proposal heats up as tensions rise again between the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre in Marrickville and the Addison Road Community Centre Organisation (ARCCO) over allegations of a deceptive media release. In a media release sent days before Christmas last year, ARCCO claimed that a […]