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Emirates sues passengers after flying them to wrong destination

By ALEXANDER LEWIS When Australians Vjeckoslav Matic and Matt Atkins boarded an Emirates flight to New York in 2012, they knew they were flying into a storm. But it would be a different kind to the hurricane they’d been watching ravage their destination on TV screens throughout Sydney airport. It was a legal tempest with […]

Emirates flight from Sydney diverted after bomb scare

By Alexander Lewis   An Emirates plane bound for Bangkok from Sydney has been diverted to Brisbane due to the discovery of a "suspect package" on board. EK419 was diverted at approximately one and a half hours into its flight on Thursday night after flight attendants discovered what turned out to be a concealed mobile phone. […]

Bondi braces for backpacker upheaval

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The removal of the tax-free threshold for working holiday visas in the federal budget has Bondi backpackers fired up and local businesses bracing for economic loss. From July next year, backpackers will be taxed at 32.5 per cent from the first dollar they earn in the country, despite citizens and permanent residents […]

Battle of Waterloo Station begins

BY JENNIFER LUU Waterloo residents have welcomed the possibility of a metro station for the suburb at a community meeting on Thursday. But the proposal tied to the station to upgrade social housing in the area was met with skepticism. Community group REDWatch facilitated a heated community meeting on Thursday July 2, which saw residents […]

Ultimo Public School questions left ‘unanswered’

By JOE BOURKE Ultimo Public School P&C members have been left scratching their heads after questions were left unanswered at a meeting on July 1 with Education Minister Adrian Piccoli. The meeting, which took place in the minister’s office, was organised to discuss the future development of Ultimo Public School. The government announced last month […]

All stations to nowhere

By GRACE JOHNSON Residents of Erskineville and St Peters are outraged by government plans to cut train services on the Bankstown line. Local community group Friends of Erskineville (FOE) have petitioned against the cuts and lobbied for increased public transport to end the overcrowding on current rail services. Under the state government proposal, the Sydney […]

Lockout laws liquidate La Cita

BY CASSANDRA MORGAN The owners of Darling Harbour’s renowned La Cita restaurant have blamed the NSW lockout laws for the club’s recent closure. The 1.30am lockouts and 3am ‘last drinks’ imposed within the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct are blamed for La Cita’s “radical drop in business turnover”. On June 25, La Cita Latin Restaurant, Bar […]

Cowboys are pushing for Westconnex, says researcher

By WENDY BACON Standing in Goddard Park at Concord on the edge of Sydney’s inner west on Saturday, it was hard to imagine how a green swirl of intersecting threads on a sketchy motorway map of nearby streets could be the exit from six lanes of toll way tunnels within a few years. But for […]

Newtown at ‘The Cross’ roads of identity

By Alexander Lewis   Newtown used to be a hipster haven, a diverse sanctuary for the weird. But according to many in the community, thugs who once frequented ‘The Cross’ have moved in and marred the town’s very fabric. Fingers were pointed at lockout laws on Monday night as residents, revellers and businesspeople assembled at […]

‘Characterless, rampant’ development costing Alexandria’s iconic heritage

By LYDIA WATSON-MOORE Residents have united together in an attempt to save the Alexandria Hotel from its proposed demolition. Local patrons of the hotel, concerned residents and politicians have begun an extensive media campaign against the DA lodged to City of Sydney Council, which seeks to replace the historic pub with apartments and commercial space. […]