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Drug doubt cops strip-search girls

BY ALEC SMART On November 8, NSW Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame released her findings from the three-week inquest into six MDMA-related deaths of youths aged 18-23 at music festivals between Dec 2017 - Jan 2019. Grahame recommended the NSW Government radically alter its drug policy, including: halting strip-searching; ceasing the use of dogs to sniff […]

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 […]

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 […]

Millers Point malaise

BY ALEC SMART The last four tenants in Millers Point social housing are facing imminent eviction as the NSW Government finalises the sell-off of their homes, on behalf of Family and Community Services (FACS). And yet the sold-off properties, which caused the eviction of almost 500 long-term tenants, aren’t bustling with new families or city […]

Battle lines redrawn as Waterloo public housing redevelopment continues

BY JORDAN FERMANIS Last week the City of Sydney Council motioned to grant the Redfern Legal Centre $100,000 over a 24 month period to provide legal resources for tenants in the Waterloo public housing redevelopment. The motion was passed in a council meeting held on 11th April as the NSW government plans to relocate tenants […]

Alcohol-free zone removal a ‘win for the marginalised’

BY ANDREW BARCLAY Sydney’s homeless population is set to benefit after the City of Sydney Council proposed scrapping over 60 alcohol-free areas across the city. Under the plan zones will be removed across several suburbs including Redfern, Surry Hills, Newtown and Darlinghurst. Homelessness NSW has welcomed the proposal, which it said unfairly targeted people sleeping […]

Millers Point housing residents face ‘harassment’

By Leanne Elahmad   Millers Point residents have complained of feeling ‘bullied’ and ‘harassed’ and continue to fear losing their homes in wake of the state government’s announcement last week that more properties were being sold. The Family and Community Services (FACS) Department is currently working with tenants to relocate them to other housing communities […]

Budget backflip saves community legal centres, for now

By James Elton-Pym Community legal centres around Australia will no longer have their budgets slashed by $25.5 million over the next two years, federal Attorney General George Brandis announced last week in a reversal of cuts handed down in the 2014 budget. The announcement came just one day after the Redfern Legal Centre revealed NSW […]

International students routinely exploited at work

Stephen Fanjaya is an international student from Indonesia, who has been living in Sydney for the past three years. In that time he has held about 15 different jobs, changing frequently due to underpayment. “I used to do different jobs, a lot of jobs. My old job was underpaid and that's the problem. [I was […]

“Their fear is the removal of their children”

More Indigenous women die in domestic situations than ony other group, says Charmaigne Weldon, due to their fear of contacting police and social services. As a specialist Aboriginal worker at Sydney Women’s Domestic Court Advocacy Service, Ms Weldon should know. She also appears in Tidda’s Marumal: A Time to Heal a new video produced by […]