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Waves of face masks force closure of Sydney beaches

By ALEC SMART Several of Sydney’s most popular beaches were closed after they were inundated with an unexpected tide. Coronavirus restrictions imposed at the end of March 2020 led to multiple closures and re-openings of Sydney’s southern beaches, attributable to people violating rules on social distancing. However, several beaches were closed again on Wed 27 […]

Transport chaos expected as Sydney eases Lockdown Laws

by ALEC SMART On 8 May the Australian Government announced a three-stage strategy to ease the restrictions introduced on 22 March to halt the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The emergency measures, which saw the country enter a near-total ‘lockdown’ on March 30, are being repealed and ‘stage three’ - where society returns to a […]

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 […]