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Dave Sharma officially concedes defeat in Wentworth

By DANIEL LO SURDO Outgoing Liberal Member Dave Sharma conceded defeat in the Wentworth election to Independent challenger Allegra Spender on Monday, saying that he expects the difference in votes to "not change markedly". Sharma said he spoke to Spender earlier on Monday to congratulate her on her success at the polls and concede the […]

Albanese to be sworn in as prime minister on Monday

By DANIEL LO SURDO Anthony Albanese will be sworn in as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia on Monday with four senior Labor ministers before flying to Tokyo for a Quad leaders meeting on Tuesday. While it is yet to be confirmed if Labor will be able to form a majority government following Saturday's election, […]

Allegra Spender on track to topple Dave Sharma in Wentworth, Scott Morrison concedes defeat

By DANIEL LO SURDO Independent Allegra Spender is on track to defeat incumbent Liberal Member for Wentworth Dave Sharma as part of a wave of independent gains in Coalition seats around the country. As of time of publishing, Spender had received 39.5 per cent of first preference votes, narrowly edging Sharma's 37.5 per cent figure. […]

City Hub’s guide to the 2022 federal election

By DANIEL LO SURDO After months of official and unofficial campaigning, gotcha questions, COVID infections and pithy one-liners, the 2022 federal election is now staring us right in the eye. On May 21, Australians across the country (and indeed, overseas) will take to the polling booth to share who they wish to be represented by […]

Federal election: Breaking down the battle for Wentworth

By SHARLOTTE THOU The blue-ribbon electorate of Wentworth may be set for a shakeup this month, with five candidates hoping to unseat incumbent Liberal Dave Sharma, including the Independent, Climate-200 backed Allegra Spender, who is mounting a serious challenge for the seat. Spender has run much of her campaign on climate action, harnessing despondency with […]

The Spender a generation in the making

By DANIEL LO SURDO At the 1990 federal election, 10-year Liberal MP John Spender was ousted from his seat of North Sydney to the late Ted Mack, a grassroots politician known as the 'father of all independents'. Thirty-two years later, John's daughter, Allegra Spender, will contest the eastern suburbs seat of Wentworth as an independent, […]

Allegra Spender to ‘champion’ priorities of Wentworth LGBTI community

By DANIEL LO SURDO Independent candidate for the seat of Wentworth Allegra Spender has promised to champion the values of the LGBTI community if she is elected at next month’s federal election.  Ms Spender, the daughter of former Liberal politician John Spender and fashion designer and businesswoman Carla Zampatti, told City Hub that she has […]

Heritage halts skatepark

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Champagne corks are popping across Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Darling Point. The NSW heritage office previously recommended that the much-cherished Rushcutters Bay Park on its eastern side and Yarranabbe Park, both under the control of Woollahra Council, be state heritage-listed. And last week the Minister signed off on the proposal […]

Skatepark hits heritage hurdles

Opinion by ANDREW WOODHOUSE Woollahra Council’s long running and controversial proposal for skateboard facilities in Rushcutters Bay Park has hit a major speed hump. The NSW Heritage Office’s Recommendation Committee has recommended the park be state heritage listed, its highest protective listing. This means no development can occur without the Heritage Office’s approval. Its listing […]

Mined out – east opposes Adani

By JOHN MOYLE The largest coal mine in the southern hemisphere looks likely to proceed in the coming months if it gains final environmental approval from the Queensland government, but this has only strengthened the resolve of a small band of Stop Adani activists in Sydney’s inner east. As a part of the national Stop […]