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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 […]

Another Day, Another CEO for the Powerhouse

By Kylie Winkworth After an international search for the next CEO of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), the government has appointed Lisa Havilah, current director of Carriageworks. Tasked with the controversial closure of the Powerhouse and establishment of the New Museum Western Sydney (NMWS), she will start at the museum in January. […]

Waterloo Community Unites

BY JOHN MOYLE The Waterloo Estate is facing its biggest challenge since it was created in the early seventies. Threatened with demolition and re-development over the next twenty years the area gone from being a state of the art housing project to becoming a by-word for social dysfunction, but somehow it has kept on functioning. […]

Redfern Station railroaded

BY JOHN MOYLE Mike Baird’s legacy gets another boost as the fight for Redfern Station upgrades and new stations for the proposed Sydney Metro Line continue within the NSW Government. Meanwhile the community, University of Sydney and other stakeholders are ignored. Baird was known for his love of taking assets held in public hands and […]

One year after the greyhound ban

BY ALEX EUGENE It's the first anniversary of former Premier Mike Baird's short-lived ban on greyhound racing -- leading to what Parliamentary Opposition Leader Luke Foley called "mother of all back flips". Mr Baird had declared a total ban on greyhound racing in NSW after the shocking exposure of cruelty rife within the industry, including […]

Locals wage war on bus privatisation  

BY ALEX EUGENE Local politicians and community members have ramped up their fight against the privatisation of Sydney buses this week, with a string of meetings and rallies held to resist the state government's latest public asset sell-off. The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance announced in May that the region 6 bus network […]

OPINION: Federal Election Analysis – The Mike Baird Effect

BY ADRIAN ROOK With thousands of protestors recently demonstrating against NSW Premier Mike Baird at Parliament House in Macquarie Street, it is safe to say that frustration at the State Government is at an all-time high. Issues referenced by protestors included the forced amalgamations of councils, controversial infrastructure projects, the introduction of laws restricting civil liberties, and the licensed venue […]

Baird accused of being blind to Westconnex pressure on older residents

BY WENDY BACON AND NICOLE GOOCH The Westconnex Action Group has accused NSW Premier Mike Baird of misleading the public in his defence of Westconnex’s treatment of hundreds of people who are losing their homes and businesses to make way for the 33 kilometre tollway system. Last weekend during a residents’ protest in Haberfield, Arthur […]

Baird’s plan to decide future of ICAC

By Joe Bourke   The Coalition government last week passed a bill to review the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and determine its jurisdiction following a high court ruling that the commission would not be allowed to investigate Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen. Premier Mike Baird also announced that the government would legislate to ensure previous […]

Baird’s new harbour crossing plan under fire

By Joe Bourke Co-convenor of EcoTransit Sydney, Gavin Gatenby has attacked Mike Baird’s plan for a second harbour rail crossing, calling the government’s recent announcement that drilling has begun on the project a “stunt”. Mr Baird and Minister for Transport Andrew Constance last week announced geotechnical drilling would occur up to 70 metres below Sydney […]