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Finding belonging in Newtown through the Asylum Seeker’s Centre

By GEORGIA ROBINSON “When I was jobless, it was hard to provide food even for my daughter. The food services we got from the Asylum Seekers Centre were a big help”, says Bala*. Bala and his family sought asylum in Australia as a result of religious persecution as Hindis in a Muslim-majority country.  However, arriving […]

Parental rights and religious freedoms: Protesters rally to “kill the bills”

By ALLISON HORE As a pair of “transphobic” law reforms proposed by One Nation’s Mark Latham make their way through the NSW parliament, community groups are amping up their rally cries for the bills to be killed.   On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Town Hall in Sydney to make their opposition heard and raise […]

Removing Al Fresco red-tape a “game changer” for hospitality businesses

By ALLISON HORE Social distancing in some of Sydney’s small inner-city cafes, restaurants and bars is almost impossible, that is, unless the seats take to the street. Last year, to allow inner-city hospitality businesses to remain open, while facilitating social distancing, the City of Sydney launched an outdoor dining scheme which saw al fresco permit […]

Climate teens win class action against federal government

By ALLISON HORE In a world first decision, the Australian Federal Court has ruled that Environment Minister Sussan Ley has a duty of care not to cause harm to young people by exacerbating the effects of climate change.  The class action against Minister Ley was filed by eight high school students in September last year. […]

Students hit the streets in the first climate strike since the pandemic

By CHRISTINE CHEN On Friday afternoon, thousands of students converged on Town Hall in Sydney as part of the School Strike 4 Climate movement. Protests calling for urgent climate action and a sustainable COVID-19 recovery plan were held across the country, for the first time since September, 2019. Undeterred by the pouring rain, protesters held […]

Driver wins unfair dismissal case against Deliveroo

By ALLISON HORE A food delivery driver who was kicked off the app he worked for at the height of the pandemic last year has won a landmark unfair dismissal case which could shake up the industry both in Australia and around the world.  Diego Franco, a Brazilian man who lives in Sydney with his […]

Thousands take to George Street in solidarity with Palestine

By ALLISON HORE Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters filled George Street in Sydney on Saturday in response to escalating violence in Gaza.  Upwards of 2,500 people marched along George Street to mark what Arabs call “the Nakba,” that is the “disaster” surrounding the of establishment of Israel in 1948 and the mass exodus of Palestinians.  The […]

Penny Sharpe steps down from Labor front bench over disease testing bill

By ALLISON HORE A senior member of the NSW Labor party resigned from the front bench in opposition to the party’s support of the controversial Mandatory Disease Testing Bill.  In a letter to NSW opposition leader Jodi McKay, MLC Penny Sharpe wrote that she would be stepping back from Labor's frontbench, and as deputy leader […]

First Indigenous mayoral candidate,Yvonne Weldon, set to take on Clover

By ALLISON HORE With Dr. Kerryn Phelps stepping back from her election campaign due to the health of a family member, Wiradjuri woman Yvonne Weldon has announced she would be vying for the top job.  She is the first independent, indigenous candidate for Lord Mayor. Ms. Weldon announced her candidacy today at Redfern Park, a […]

“Save our homes”: Protesters call on parliament to protect public housing

By ALLISON HORE Residents from a number of threatened public housing communities across Sydney’s inner city came together at Martin Place today to call for their homes to be saved from the wrecking ball.  The rally followed last week’s release of the NSW Government’s Housing 2041 Strategy and called for the future of a number […]