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Pork barrelling report “damning” for NSW Government

By SOOFIA TARIQ The NSW Senate inquiry into the Government’s ‘Stronger Communities Fund’ has delivered its’ report, calling the scheme “a clear abuse of the grants process”.  The inquiry was launched following widespread backlash towards the Berejiklian government over their handling of the grants fund, which Labor and Greens politicians say amounted to “pork barrelling.” […]

Kill the Bill: Protesters take on Mark Latham’s transphobic bill

By ALLISON HORE Protesters took over Taylor Square on Saturday to make a strong statement against a “transphobic” education bill tabled in NSW Parliament by One Nation’s Mark Latham. The protest, organised by Community Action for Rainbow Rights, took on the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020, which activists say is less about giving […]

Defiant Invasion Day protesters gather in the Domain

By ALLISON HORE Despite being threatened by fines and arrests, thousands of protesters turned up in The Domain for an unauthorised Invasion Day rally. Undeterred by COVID-19 public health orders restricting the number of people allowed to attend protest gatherings and police threats to enforce said restrictions, Sydney’s annual Invasion Day protest went ahead with […]

Premier palliates pork barrelling

By ALLISON HORE NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has admitted tens of millions of dollars in council grants were distributed in a way which was beneficial to the Liberal party, but said she saw no issue with the process. The Stronger Communities fund was originally established to help merged councils with infrastructure needs after controversial council […]

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, […]