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The Big Issue with Covid-19

By JOHN MOYLE Even in the pre-Covid hustle and bustle of city life, the one sight that was welcomed and we always had time for was our local The Big Issue vendor. Along with much of our city life, The Big Issue retailer has been missing from the landscape for around three months as more […]

Kings Cross to get intensive care

By JOHN MOYLE News of the death of Kings Cross may be premature but it is certainly on life support and urgently in need of a recent City of Sydney-backed grant. On January 14 this year, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the winding back of the lockout laws, almost six years to the day when […]

Historic cottages damned to new hotel horror

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE Whenever an area is termed “rich in heritage” you can bet that a developer will be quick to descend. That is the case in Darlinghurst’s Hardie Street where over a couple of years a developer swooped on six in-line Victorian terraces and now threatens not only the heritage values of the […]

Downunder backpackers in Covid limbo

By JOHN MOYLE In recent weeks we have seen the great Covid safety net fall into place for Job Seekers and Job Keepers while many hospitality workers and entertainers still fail to qualify. There has also been much written about overseas students, who also do not qualify for any support, but little has been heard […]

Sam plays it again

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE A new development plan for 18-32A Darlinghurst Road – including The Bourbon and the Empire Hotel - has emerged under the cover of COVID-19. Titled “Darlinghurst Road Potts Point,” the proposal is the work of award winning architectural firm Tonkinzulaikhagreeer Architects (TZG) for their client Piccadilly Hotel Operation Trust Pty Ltd, […]

Kings Cross Markets return

by JOHN MOYLE It’s been a crazy few weeks under isolation and everyone has their own personal version of how they are coping or not. Even before the lockdown started there was panic buying of toilet paper that seized the popular imagination in a feeble attempt of empowerment against the unknown. For a while there […]

Cross-cultural solutions avoid the virus

by JOHN MOYLE That Sydney’s Kings Cross is resilient is something of an understatement when considering that in recent memory it has survived the eighties’ heroin epidemic and since 2014 has been under the harshest lockout laws in Australia. In spite of all of this the area built and maintained a reputation for some of […]

Detained refugees risk Covid-19 outbreaks

By JOHN MOYLE There is nothing like a pandemic to make us focus on our very survival but that often comes at the cost of forgetting about those such as refugees and asylum seekers, who have no voices in the community. Since the Federal Government introduced Operation Sovereign Borders in September 2013, any person attempting […]

Coronavirus complicates problems faced by homeless

By JOHN MOYLE In uncertain times the one certainty is that the homeless are likely to be hit harder by COVID-19 than the general populace. Health-wise they are already in an unenviable position having a life expectancy of almost half that of the average Australian. The homeless are also over-represented with mental disorders, alcohol and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palely Loitering by Hugh Patrick O’Keefe

Not many self published books ever get beyond the box in which they were delivered in, but piano player Hugh O’Keefe’s account of growing up gay in the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond, the demand has a been so great another 500 copies have been printed. Always accepting of his own homosexuality, O’Keefe’s journey through […]