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Carriageworks Receives Reprieve

One of Sydney's foremost arts institutions, Carriageworks, looks set to emerge from the ashes like a phoenix following a last minute reprieve.  Back in May the institution went into voluntary administration after being hit hard by COVID-19 and suffering a "significant reduction in revenue streams'. At the time the organisation owed over $2 million to […]

29 years, 437 deaths – yet no answers, no convictions and no justice

By Wendy Bacon Aboriginal families whose sons or daughters have died in custody formed a circle for a healing smoking ceremony, performed by Gadigal elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor at Djarrbarrgalli (the Gadigal word for ‘Domain’), during a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney on Sunday 5 July. Protesters called for fundamental changes in the criminal […]

Aboriginal elders stand firm on Black Lives Matter rallies

By WENDY BACON This story was UPDATED on Saturday July 4. Black Lives Matter - Stop Black Deaths in Custody organisers have called on NSW Police not to stand in the way of a protest at Djarrbarrgalli, the local Gadigal word for Sydney’s Domain, this Sunday July 5. Nearly two thousand people have already indicated […]

Morrison concentrates power among the few

By ELIZA SPENCER Australia’s third branch of government – local councils - have been removed from the national discussion table as the new National Cabinet take charge under the cover of emergency measures. Between trade wars, international uprisings, and the federal government quietly announcing a $721 million robodebt refund scheme, the death of COAG (Council […]

Greens MP pleads not guilty for disobeying police

By ASHNA BHARKHADA NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge pleaded Not Guilty at Manly Local Court on Thurs 16 Jan for failing to obey police orders at a climate change protest outside Kirribbili House last December. Shoebridge, along with ten other activists, was arrested on 19 Dec at a peaceful demonstration involving school-aged children who opposed […]

Sydney Park farts methane again

by ALEC SMART Like a cud-chewing cow belching ozone-depleting gases, Sydney Park, the former brickworks and garbage dump in St Peters, is burping and farting methane from landfill gas below again. Two areas in the park were fenced-off recently and the park’s managers, City of Sydney, are monitoring the emissions. Signs attached to the fencing […]

More injecting centres thread the needle

by JOHN MOYLE A recent coronial inquest into the overdose death of a young man in the toilets of Liverpool Hospital has called for a medically supervised injecting centre to be established in the area. The report by Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame said “there is clear evidence arising from this inquest which supports a […]

Swinging sisters: a tale of two bridges

BY ALEC SMART Calls to repair Glebe Island Bridge and reactivate the 1899-built electric swing bridge over Rozelle Bay will likely go unheeded for the foreseeable future. Bicycle NSW are among those lobbying for the heritage-listed bridge to be put back into permanent service as a combined cycle path and light rail route from Pyrmont […]

Cracks appear in passenger jets

By VANESSA LIM Cracks in Qantas’ Boeing 737NG planes have raised safety concerns for consumers flying this holiday period. The cracks, which are located on “pickle forks,” so named because of their resemblance to the kitchen utensil, have been found on a load-bearing assembly, which attaches firmly to each side of the fuselage between the […]

Solar Solutions

BY ALEC SMART The Australian Government’s Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is holding a feasibility study into introducing nuclear power. A public forum inviting submissions and comment closed on September 16. But does Australia, which emits significant climate-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) from its fossil fuel fired power stations, need to transition to nuclear […]