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Peaceful protesters arrested at Black Lives Matter rally

By WENDY BACON NSW police arrested Black Lives Matter organisers on Tuesday before their peaceful protest in the Domain had even begun. Hundreds of protesters were blocked from entering Djarrbarragall, the Gadigal name for the Domain. Many were threatened with arrest if they did not leave the area. Black Lives Matter organiser Paddy Gibson was […]

Cross-current demands to stop Powerhouse move

By ALEC SMART As the June date for the controversial closure and eventual destruction of the Powerhouse Museum draws closer, with its exhibits transferred to a new building out west, opponents are ramping up pressure for the museum to remain at its current site in Ultimo. An inquiry, featuring cross-party members from NSW Legislative Council, […]

Strip-searching police claim ignorance of law

by ALEC SMART NSW Police officers, who appeared before an Inquiry for undressing and inspecting the genitalia of children for drugs, claimed they were unaware it was illegal - according to reports by the NSW Govt’s police watchdog group Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC). On Friday 8 May 2020 the LECC released several reports to […]

Strip-search reforms proposed by Greens

By JAMES HARRISON The NSW Greens have proposed reforms to strip-search and drug dog laws, banning police from strip-searching those under 16 who are not under arrest and forcing people to “squat and cough” during a physical examination. The reform creates a clear definition of a strip-search and limits instances of strip-searching to when there […]

Greens MP pleads not guilty for disobeying police

By ASHNA BHARKHADA NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge pleaded Not Guilty at Manly Local Court on Thurs 16 Jan for failing to obey police orders at a climate change protest outside Kirribbili House last December. Shoebridge, along with ten other activists, was arrested on 19 Dec at a peaceful demonstration involving school-aged children who opposed […]

Lendlease lose stadium

By VERONICA ANASSIS Lendlease has been dropped from the rebuild of Sydney Football Stadium, in a sudden vendor shake-up by NSW Government. NSW Infrastructure have abandoned the development giant, for failure to meet the $729 million project’s objectives, and an alleged cost blowout. Now a giant rink of rubble, only the stadium’s light still stands, […]

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 […]

Stripped Down

BY MICHAEL HITCH If you’ve walked through Redfern and Central Stations recently you may have noticed a few subtle changes. Perhaps more police. Perhaps more sniffer dogs. But the most insidious of all may be the not-so-private “privacy screens” set-up by police for the purpose of strip-searches. The Redfern Legal Centre and the “Safe and […]

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 […]

Stadium wrecking balls yet to swing

By Wendy Bacon UPDATE Waverley Council rejected a Liberal rescission motion on Thursday evening and voted for legal action aimed at stopping Infrastructure NSW's (INSW) plan to demolish the Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park. This means there will now be two legal actions. Also on Thursday, City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore, Waverley Mayor […]