Bondi View

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 […]

How Green Bans preserved Sydney for the future

By ALEC SMART ‘Green bans’ is a term synonymous with collective action to conserve heritage and preserve the environment. The green bans that were imposed and enforced by the NSW Builders' Labourers Federation (BLF) union in the early 1970s, which halted major construction projects and cost investors millions of dollars, were, arguably, the saving grace […]

Vale Jack Mundey, saviour of Sydney city

By MEREDITH BURGMANN The true saviour of inner city Sydney, Jack Mundey died this week on 10 May 2020, aged 90. We residents owe our pleasant and convenient lifestyle to Jack and the rank and file members of the NSW Builders Labourers’ Federation (BLF). Sydney would be a very different place if the BLF had […]

Gay-hate murder suspect arrested

by ALEC SMART A 49-year-old man has been arrested for the 1988 gay-hate murder of Scott Johnson, whose naked body was found on a rock ledge at the base of a cliff near Manly on Sydney’s North Shore. On 10 Dec 1988, the 27-year-old American was discovered by a 13-year-old boy and two spear fishermen […]

Strip-searching police claim ignorance of law

by ALEC SMART NSW Police officers, who appeared before an Inquiry for undressing and inspecting the genitalia of children for drugs, claimed they were unaware it was illegal - according to reports by the NSW Govt’s police watchdog group Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC). On Friday 8 May 2020 the LECC released several reports to […]

Covid-19 cures: the new snake oil quackery

By ALEC SMART To capitalise on the anxiety the worldwide coronavirus pandemic is engendering, several religious leaders have been spruiking ‘miraculous’ methods and potions with grandiose assertions of their effectiveness as a cure. Lockdown aside, even Australia is not immune from the quackery. Meanwhile, high-profile evangelists, conspiracy websites, easily-influenced people and influential politicians float theories […]

Working for the clampdown’s end

by ALEC SMART In what Prime Minister Scott Morrison described as “an early mark,” the start of May saw retailers across Australia reopening their stores as restrictions implemented during the last five weeks of the Covid-19 clampdown were relaxed. Traders are permitted to operate if they implement and maintain strict health and safety policies. These […]

Single parenting more painful in COVID-19 lockdown

Opinion by AVA REDMAN We were doing okay for a little bit, until COVID-19 hit and once again I was a single mum doing a university degree living on benefits. Benefits that could hardly cover the cost of living. When my employer went into self-isolation because of his health, all future projects were put on […]

Meriton mute on Little Bay high-rise scheme

by ALEC SMART With the NSW Govt delaying their planned mega cruise ship terminal for Botany Bay, campaigners are hoping that the high-rise housing scheme proposed by Meriton, Australia’s biggest home developer, for nearby Little Bay might also be postponed for the foreseeable future. On 12 April NSW Transport and Ports Minister Andrew Constance confirmed […]

Sydney’s southern beaches closed again

by ALEC SMART Several of Sydney’s south shore beaches, which reopened on 20 April for exercises such as swimming, jogging and surfing, were closed just a few days later on 24 April due to reported violations of strict social distancing laws. These included the popular Randwick City Council-administered Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra beaches. Police also […]