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Matt Thistlethwaite set to win another term in Kingsford Smith, Labor to form a government

By SWAGATALAKSHMI ROYCHOWDURY Incumbent Labor member Matt Thistlethwaite looks set to win another term representing Kingsford Smith and the southern parts of the eastern suburbs in Canberra following Saturday's election.  Kingsford Smith is considered a safe Labor seat, with the party having held the seat since its creation in 1949 and Thistlethwaite being the member since […]

Local Boy Makes Good: Anthony Albanese talks his journey from Camperdown to Canberra

By DANIEL LO SURDO Anthony Albanese’s entry into public life seemed as much destined as it was desired. He was raised in an inner-city public housing estate by his single mother Maryanne, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and survived on the disability pension all her life. In 1984, he was the first person in his […]

The candidates vying for the seat of Sydney this federal election

By ERIN MODARO Six candidates all backed by major or minor parties will be hoping to unseat Tanya Plibersek from the Labor stronghold of Sydney on May 21. The Sydney electorate encompasses the central business district, the inner-city and the inner-east, spanning a total of 44 square kilometres. The electorate was first used in name […]

Philippa Scott hopes to carry Inner West to ‘sustainable future’

By AMBER GRIFFIN Voted into council at the December local elections, councillor Philippa Scott now represents Labor in the Leichhardt-Gulgadya ward of Inner West Council. In an interview with City Hub, Cr Scott said that she feels a very strong connection to the community and that she has "always wanted to represent the Inner West […]

Dylan Parker returned as Randwick Mayor, Kym Chapple in as Deputy

By DANIEL LO SURDO Labor councillor Dylan Parker was reelected as Randwick City Mayor while Kym Chapple succeeded outgoing Greens councillor Lindsay Shurey as the deputy mayor last month.  Cr Parker won the mayoralty in September, following fellow Labor councillor Danny Said, who was mayor for the previous two years. Parker was reinstated as mayor […]

The Mayor Unmasked: Darcy Byrne discusses his re-election bid after a tumultuous first Mayoral term

By EVA BAXTER Darcy Byrne is the inaugural mayor of Inner West Council and was the last mayor of Leichhardt Council. Leichhardt Council ceased to exist when it was amalgamated with Ashfield and Marrickville Councils in 2016 to form the Inner West Council. 2021 will mark the end of council’s first term, and over five […]

Inner-West Council chaos

By ALLISON HORE The Inner-West Council is in search of a new Chief Executive Officer after months of tension and council infighting culminated in CEO Michael Deegan ending his contract. Over two meetings within council on Tuesday and Thursday last week, Mr. Deegan negotiated with council to end his $440,000-a-year contract. The council resolved to […]

Builders’ battles belittle betterment

BY ALEC SMART Whilst cracks appearing in new apartment buildings are dominating news headlines and analysts point the blame at dodgy builders, lax inspectors, corrupt developers and poor governance by the NSW Government, a vicious feud continues between two of the most powerful forces in the construction industry – the ABCC and the CFMMEU. In […]

Tanya Plibersek: reign check

BY ALEC SMART Tanya Plibersek is a seasoned and highly capable MP. She was a member of the House of Representatives since 1998, Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) since 2013, and a Minister in the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd revolving-door governments (Minister for Health her last portfolio until the ALP’s defeat at the 2013 general […]

Labor to cancel conversion therapy

BY MICHAEL HITCH Gay conversion therapy (GCT) could soon be a punishment of the past, with Labor promising to outlaw the practice in the lead-up to next month’s election. As the federal election looms near, Bill Shorten has vowed to put an end to the “dangerous and discredited” practice, as well as to introduce funding […]