City News

Police response to campus protest “disturbing” and “violent”

By ALLISON HORE University of Sydney staff and students have been left feeling “disturbed” by footage showing the heavy-handed actions of police at a campus protest on Wednesday. Around 200 students gathered on the lawn at University of Sydney at around midday on Wednesday to participate in a public “teach out” organised by the National […]

Win for pet owners in NSW Court of Appeal

By ALLISON HORE No apartment building in NSW will be allowed to have a blanket ban on pets following a NSW Court of Appeal decision which overturned the right of strata committees to pass bylaws prohibiting animals. The decision comes after an expensive four-and-a-half-year long legal battle by Johanna and Leo Cooper who live in […]

Trans rights protesters arrested at rally against One Nation bill

By ALLISON HORE Two protesters were arrested at a transgender rights rally in Sydney’s Taylor Square on Saturday. The “kill the bill” rally was organised in opposition to a set of legislation to strip schools of educational content relating to transgender and gender diverse people. The Education Legislation Amendment bill proposed by One Nation’s Mark […]

Bourbon development a total facade

Opinion by JOHN MOYLE The second attempt to get a development application passed on the Bourbon block in Kings Cross is a great exercise in façadism designed to obfuscate the brutal reality. Behind developer Iris Capital and designers Tonkin Zulaikha Greer’s submission is another facade of a design deeply flawed and one that will impact […]

Alex Greenwich backs puppy farm prohibition

By ALLISON HORE State member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, has announced that he will be co-sponsoring a bill to ban puppy farming in NSW. The legislation, being proposed by Emma Hurst of the Animal Justice Party, would bring an end to the practice of puppy farming where large numbers of puppies are bred for profit […]

Pokies reform to prevent problem gambling

By ALLISON HORE The pokie industry in NSW is set for a big shake up as the Berejiklian government drafts legislation to help combat the state’s gambling problem. Under the proposed legislation family members of problem gamblers could apply to have their relatives banned from gaming venues and facial recognition technology could be used to […]

New campaign for Aboriginal affordable housing

Aboriginal community groups have come together to launch a campaign seeking government action and targets for Aboriginal affordable housing in the Redfern and Waterloo area. The petition launched by The Redfern Waterloo Alliance of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Allies calls on the NSW government to commit to 10% Aboriginal Affordable Housing in all government […]

Weed revolution

By ALLISON HORE The Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has announced it intends to make CBD products available over the counter as early as next year. This comes as our neighbours across the Tasman debate a referendum to legalise marijuana for recreational purposes. CBD (or cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating component of the hemp plant, currently listed […]

Writing For Film & Theatre With Joanna Murray-Smith

Unlock the keys of Creative Writing with Actors Centre Australia's exclusive online masterclass, Writing For Film and Theatre with Joanna Murray-Smith. From prose to stage to screen, Joanna Murray-Smith’s success as a writer across all forms has shaped the Australian Writers scene tremendously. Her plays are performed and published around the world and her plays […]

Free face masks for the needy

By ALLISON HORE More than 20,000 face masks are being distributed to some of Sydney’s most vulnerable people in a move the City of Sydney hopes will minimise further outbreaks of COVID-19. Although masks are not mandatory in NSW, they are “strongly recommended” in indoor settings where physical distancing is hard to maintain.  NSW Chief […]