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Drumming up a crowd at North Bondi

By ALLISON HORE Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, is urging Bondi locals to remember it’s “not a normal summer” after footage emerged online showing a large gathering at a park by the beach in North Bondi. The videos posted to social media show a large crowd of people dancing at Biddigal Reserve on Sunday evening. […]

Invasion Day rally to go ahead despite COVID-19 restrictions

By ALLISON HORE A mass rally in Sydney to mark the 26th of January is set to go ahead despite COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting protest gatherings larger than 500 people. Undeterred by COVID-19 restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend protest gatherings, organisers of the annual Invasion Day protest have confirmed their Sydney protest […]

Anti-mask conspiracy believers fined

By ALLISON HORE An anti-COVID conspiracy theorist was arrested on Friday for failing to comply with the COVID-19 public health order requiring Sydney-siders to wear a mask in public.  This comes as a number of public figures, including an Australian MP, are being slammed online for spreading misinformation about masks and COVID-19. A 55-year-old man […]

Stranded passengers struggle to distance

By ALLISON HORE Following train line shutdowns and service cancellations across Sydney on Thursday, commuters crowded onto train platforms with little regard for social distancing.  A fatality at Lidcombe station in the early afternoon led to buses replacing trains in both directions between Strathfield and Parramatta, and a number of train services between Strathfield and […]

Close contact concert sparks COVID-19 concern

By ALLISON HORE A Human Nature concert with little to no social distancing has raised concern about a potential COVID-19 outbreak. The concert took place on Saturday night at The Coliseum Theatre in Rooty Hill in Western Sydney with over 1,100 people in attendance. It ended just hours before the NSW Government’s mask mandate came […]

Viral vows: Northern beaches residents fined over Pyrmont wedding

By ALLISON HORE A Sydney bride from the Northern Beaches has been fined for defying COVID-19 lockdown rules to attend her own wedding at Doltone House in Pyrmont on Sunday. Police crashed the wedding just after 5pm after receiving a tip-off which included pictures of guests mingling on a balcony.  After the ceremony concluded, police […]

From lockout to lockdown: The fight for Sydney’s nightlife

By SHAREN SAMSON The streets of Sydney are hushed on a Friday evening. A queue of traffic illuminates the footpath on the corner of King Street and Missenden Road. Each set of car headlights passes by with varying degrees of brightness. This is only one reminder of being in a club: to be blinded with […]

Protests of up to 500 people now allowed

By ALLISON HORE Democracy campaigners are celebrating after NSW Health announced changes to restrictions on protests.  Despite not a single documented case of coronavirus transmission occurring at a protest in Australia, COVID-19 health and safety orders had been used to shut down a number of protests in Sydney. But changes to the public health orders […]

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 […]

University protesters crowdfund fines

By ALLISON HORE A fundraiser has been set up to help pay fines for Sydney University students and staff who were arrested while protesting funding and job cuts across the campus. Protesters gathered across the University of Sydney campus on Wednesday in opposition to government funding cuts for universities, as well as staff cutbacks at […]