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Housing market hits $10 trillion as 1.4 million Australians in rental stress

By ERIN MODARO The value of the Australian housing market has passed $10 trillion for the first time ever, with the average price of a Sydney home rising by 16.4%, coming to $1,245,000. The Australian Bureau of statistics announced the rise in housing costs for the past 12 months, noting that the total rise in […]

Sexual assaults of young women the ‘largest increase’ recorded during past year: ABS report

By DANIEL LO SURDO The rate of sexual assault for women aged 18 to 29 years surged during the past year, according to a new survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which also found that the rate of sexual assault for women aged 18 years and older almost doubled between 2008 and […]

Food without strings

By ALLISON HORE It’s a chilly Autumn night in Sydney’s CBD. But the warmth from a barbecue and friendly conversation offer some relief from the cold wind. Every weekday night volunteers from the grassroots charity group Will2Live set up their barbecue on the corner of Eddy Avenue and Pitt Street to serve up food to […]

Residents will not be overshadowed

BY JOHN MOYLE On an ordinary Thursday in April a group of disparate community organisations from across Sydney came together under the Tree of Knowledge in Sydney’s Domain to launch the Save Sydney Coalition. From the lower Blue Mountains, to Canterbury and out to the leafy suburbs in the north and northwest, they are uniting […]

Yes and No go head to head

BY ALEC SMART A rally to promote the Yes vote for the plebiscite on marriage equality is planned in Sydney for this Sunday, 10 September. The rally comes at a time when each side is stepping up their campaigns, with increasing acrimony between various factions, amidst accusations that the No vote is underpinned by homophobia […]

Young voters must enrol for same-sex marriage postal poll

BY ALEX EUGENE Young and first-time voters must urgently enrol to vote if they want to have their say on same-sex marriage. All Australians need to have their postal vote in the mail by August 24. The fight for equality is on again, this time in the form of a survey which will cost taxpayers […]