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Domestic violence and human trafficking key gender equality issues

The Federal and State Government’s presented a united front in support of women’s equality for International Women’s Day last week. Last Friday morning around 1,700 business-people, politicians, government and NGO workers breakfasted at Darling Harbour, raising funds for UN Women. Prime Minister Julia Gillard, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, NSW Governor-General Marie Bashir and Westpac CEO […]

Carbon tax funds small business energy savings

Funding for small and medium businesses to save energy is becoming increasingly available in Sydney as a direct result of the carbon tax. Director of Sydney refrigeration engineering company Minus40, Michael Bellstedt said that in the past, it was difficult for small businesses to improve their energy efficiency due to time, cost and lack of […]

Lion dances welcome the Year of the Snake

Lion dance parades have commenced in Chinatown in the prelude to the the Chinese New Year. Last weekend a 30 to 40-member parade lit ear-poppingly noisy fireworks, performing music and acrobatics as they made their way down Chinatown’s Dixon St. The performers visited shops along the way as a crowd of several hundred people followed. […]

Indigenous people rally on ‘Survival Day’

Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders from around Australia gathered at Sydney’s Yabun Festival last Saturday to celebrate and remember the survival of their culture. Around 20,000 people attended the event held in Victoria Park. Festivities included a welcome corroboree and performances from musicians including Frank Yamma and Archie Roach. The 1938 Day of Mourning protest […]

Tama development may threaten Aboriginal heritage

A large sandstone block may dislodge and collapse as a result of the development of a property at the back of Tamarama Gully. There is potential risk of damage not only to the property below 362 Birrell St, but to Aboriginal heritage in the undercut cliff below should excavation for a newly-proposed basement commence. “If […]

Invasion Day still a day of mourning

Symbolic Aboriginal passports will play part of Invasion Day on Saturday, offering Sydneysiders and foreign tourists the opportunity to ask Indigenous people for permission to live in Australia. The event is organised by rights advocacy group, Indigenous Social Justice Association as part of the Kinetic Jazz Festival in Stanmore. It follows a similar event held […]

Marrickville coy over free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi hotspot areas are yet to be introduced for the Marrickville municipality despite being among the first in Sydney to consider them for trial. The stance has been maintained after public Wi-Fi trials were launched last year at parks, pools and other public spaces. Leichhardt and Waverley Councils have announced both trials will continue […]

Pro-green but confused over tax

Both the government and the opposition have bandied terms about on the proposed carbon tax, confusing people about what the tax really means for them. Whilst the government waxes lyrical over Australia’s “clean energy future” and “making big polluters pay”, there may be truth to opposition leader Tony Abbott’s slamming of the government’s policy as […]

Finding a price in the smoke stack

As celebrities, economists and environmental activists show support for a carbon tax through TV appearances, full-page newspaper ads and a thousands-strong rally in Sydney, details of how the tax will work are still unknown. The federal opposition says the tax will unacceptably raise the cost of living for many Australians and instead propose government direct investment […]

Residents petition against coal seam gas drilling

Inner west Sydney residents gathered on Monday to plan a response to Dart Energy’s plans to drill in September. The residents have joined “Lock the Gate” a national movement of 90 groups who are opposed to coal seam gas drilling. They are aiming for a petition of 10,000 signatures to halt coal seam gas activities […]