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The case for and against de-amalgamation in the Inner West

By DANIEL LO SURDO Included in the Inner West Council election papers on December 4 will be a de-amalgamation poll, which will ask voters the following question: In May 2016, Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils were amalgamated into one local government area by the State Government.  Do you support the Inner West local government area […]

Why should we wear the pain?

Opinion by PETER HEHIR and ANDREW CHUTER At the upcoming council election on December 4th, residents of the Inner West will finally have a say on restoring their local councils which were abolished by Mike Baird in 2016. They will receive an additional ballot paper asking whether they want to bring back Leichhardt, Marrickville and […]

‘Barmy’ push to de-amalgamate Inner West Council

Opinion by BENEDICT BROOK I’m an Inner West local. My typical weekend involves nipping to Summer Hill for coffee, doing the big shop in Leichhardt and then drinks in Dulwich Hill. Yet during an entirely unremarkable weekend like this, I will pass over the borders of the three former local government areas of Ashfield, Leichhardt […]

NSW Parliament passes Affirmative Consent Laws

By DANIEL LO SURDO In a landmark decision, the NSW Parliament today passed new sexual consent laws to install an affirmative consent model across the state. The law will now reflect those implemented in Tasmania, in what is considered as the best in Australia. The Affirmative Consent Reforms detail that "consent to a sexual activity […]

What you need to know ahead of the Inner West Council elections

By DANIEL LO SURDO Ahead of the Inner West’s Local Government Elections, the Independent has compiled all the information that voters will need to know before they cast their ballot on December 4.  Who can vote?  Voting is compulsory for those registered to the electoral roll. To be eligible to vote, you must have been […]

In bed with the enemy

Opinion by PETER HEHIR The scene is from Ghostbusters and our heroes are in the Mayor’s office, where the following exchange takes place.  Bill Murray’s character is attempting to win over the Mayor and he kicks it off with;  “A disaster of biblical proportions.” “What do you mean biblical?” says the Mayor. “What he means […]

Lanz Priestley Remembered – A Memorial Tribute

By BERNADETTE SMITH On November 2nd the death of Lanz Priestley was announced by his family on Facebook. He will be remembered as a tireless activist for social justice who fought for the rights of homeless people in the city as well as drought-ravaged farming communities out west. I first met Lanz at Martin Place […]

Michael Dello-Iacovo targets local climate change action at the Inner West elections

By DANIEL LO SURDO Michael Dello-Iacovo is the Animal Justice Party’s candidate for the Leichhardt-Gulgadya Ward at the Inner West Council elections on December 4.  Dello-Iacovo is an Annandale resident who is finishing a PhD in space science at UNSW and is passionate about climate change action, animal protection and evidence-based policy.  Should he be […]

Woollahra: Dixie Coulton runs in controversial Cooper Ward

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE The Machiavellian machinations inside Woollahra Council tickle my fancy. The controversial six-year-long imbroglio over the concrete skateboard structure in heritage-listed Rushcutters Bay Park has taken its first scalp. Woollahra Council's Cooper Ward representative, Anthony Marano its original proponent, has now been disendorsed by his own Liberal Party. He will not be […]

Yvonne Weldon discusses political activism, social housing and climate policy ahead of the City of Sydney election

She might be running for Lord Mayor, but Yvonne Weldon doesn’t see herself as a politician.“Until I decided to run at this election, I never intended to seek public office. I am a political activist and that runs in my blood.”Weldon’s resume includes a string of government and non-government roles rooted in improving the lives […]