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Rules of engagement: Liberal Party’s confusing regulations

  Conflicting statements from different levels of the NSW Liberal Party have led to serious questions over what restrictions are placed on candidates contesting the March election in “no hope” seats. Stephan Gyory, the President of the Darlinghurst Business Partnership told City Hub that the Liberal candidate for the seat of Sydney, Patrice Pandeleos, was […]

Tent embassy tension rises

  Residents of the long standing tent embassy on Eveleigh Street in Redfern were issued an eviction notice at 3pm on Friday Feb. 20. The occupants of the site were given until Monday morning to pack their things and move on but refused to comply. Over the weekend, word spread on social media urging concerned […]

Coogee candidates debate key issues

By Joe Bourke   An election panel for the seat of Coogee was held last Wednesday featuring all three candidates for the electorate. 150 people attended the panel held at Easts Leagues Club in Bondi to hear the candidates discuss key election issues such as development, traffic congestion, amalgamations and Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs). The […]

MOU mayhem for Marrickville

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   UrbanGrowth NSW and the state government have been criticised by several communities and councillors affected by “New Parramatta Road” for withholding information and failing to consult with communities. At last week’s Marrickville council meeting, Greens councillors moved a motion to withdraw from the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between council and UrbanGrowth NSW. […]

WestConnex debate goes Sydney wide

By Joe Bourke and Emily Contador-Kelsall   A packed Enmore theatre took on the WestConnex Delivery Authority while Sydney City Council had their first viewing of a damning report of the controversial plan. The SGS report, commissioned by council, is the first independent report on WestConnex, and found it will not achieve its intended goals […]

Inner city will get new school after election

After years of concern from residents and politicians, both the state government and opposition have confirmed that they will build a new inner city high school if they win the March election.The Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, made the announcement on behalf of the Liberal party on Monday (February 16) outside the Cleveland Street Intensive […]

Students pucker up to Pyne

By Joe Bourke.   A new way to protest higher education reforms has begun at university O-Weeks around Australia. GetUp’s PashPyne kissing booths have made an appearance at Sydney’s University of Technology (UTS) and the Australian National University in Canberra (ANU). The booths feature a six foot cardboard cut-out of Education minister Christopher Pyne. Students are encouraged […]

Community roots tested over tree removal

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   The removal of Fig trees in Bondi Junction and lack of community consultation has angered residents and Councillors. On Monday, Waverley Council attempted to remove the third of three fig trees slated for removal despite community opposition. This removal was halted when Greens Councillor Dominic Wy Kanak arrived and climbed the […]

The Anti-antidepressants debate

By Sophie Trigger   Danish Psychiatrist Professor Peter Gotszche spoke at St Vincent’s Hospital last week of the dangers of antidepressants. Prof. Gotszche said they are not only overprescribed, but ineffective and likely harmful to a patient’s mental health. “What these drugs do is they turn acute problems, which would have solved themselves … into […]

Calls for voluntary euthanasia to be put on the bill

by Joe Bourke. Leader of the Voluntary Euthanasia party (VEP), Shayne Higson has called for euthanasia to become an issue discussed before the upcoming NSW election. The debate on voluntary euthanasia was reignited following a Vote Compass survey in Queensland which found that 76% of Queenslanders support it. Ms Higson said that to not discuss […]