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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 […]

NSW Election Wrap

By ALLISON HORE After Saturday’s state election, the status quo remains very much intact, with the Coalition returned to power for a third term. However, with a swing across the state away from the major parties, the crossbench will play an important role in the NSW parliament over the next few years. The Coalition needed […]

Clean sweep for Greens

BY WENDY BACON Greens MP for Newtown Jenny Leong recorded the highest vote ever for a Greens MP in a single member electorate in Australia in the NSW election last weekend. Leong recorded 46.8 per cent of the primary vote, with a small swing towards her from her 2015 result. In central Newtown around King […]

Damned lies and politics

By Peter Hehir The ALP’s argument against stopping Stage 3b (aka the Rozelle Interchange) is that it would cost too much to buy back the contract; a contract that was only signed a week before Xmas. It is telling though that hundreds of millions were outlaid in evicting families and businesses well before the 13,000 […]

WestCONnex: utopia or dystopia?

By Peter Hehir Are the Australian Labor Party really the saviours that some who oppose WestConnex believe them to be? Whilst it’s true that they are the only organisation that could put a stop to the insanity, if they choose to, the obvious question is; will they? They support WestConnex. They always have. For most […]

A totally despicable act

by Peter Hehir Never before has a NSW Government shown such cynicism and contempt for democratic process. Glad the Impaler has announced the signing of the Stage 3 b contracts for the Rozelle Interchange and the Iron Cove Tunnel just one day prior to the release of the findings of the WestConnex Parliamentary Inquiry; an […]

Bligh rejects Sydney seat speculation

Anna Bligh has firmly rejected speculation that she plans to run in the upcoming by-election for the state seat of Sydney. The former Queensland Premier said not only were the rumours untrue but that she would never again be a politician at any tier of government. “I can confirm that there is no truth to […]