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Randwick Council rates to rise under proposed budget

By PATRICK MCKENZIE Randwick Council rates are set to increase by a “modest” 2.5 per cent in the coming financial year, as part of its draft Operational Plan and Budget that will be on public exhibition until May 27. Resolved at a council meeting this month, councillors carried the General Manager’s report on the plans, […]

Tamarama road upgrade to be funded by federal government

By DANIEL LO SURDO New pedestrian safety works along Tamarama Marine Drive in May will be funded by the federal government via the Transport for NSW Road Safety Improvement Program. The proposed works, which is open to community consultation until April 13, will replace the existing pedestrian island with a raised pedestrian crossing, replace the […]

Environment Laws threatened in the midnight shift

Opinion by DANIELA OSIANDER If you visited Centennial Park or another local bit of nature during the lockdown, you can attest to one thing: we rely on nature to keep us sane! All the worse that the Federal Government this week seems set to miss a unique chance to protect our natural treasures – while […]

Hundreds congregate in Sydney CBD for Refugee Justice

By DANIEL LO SURDO Hundreds gathered in Haymarket’s Belmore Park Sunday afternoon as part of the National Justice for Refugees Palm Sunday Rallies.  The rally petitioned for the release of Medevac refugees and all those transferred from Manus and Nauru and now being held in hotels and detention centres within Australia, as well as a […]

Federal government under fire for slashing JobSeeker

By ALLISON HORE  The federal government’s decision to slash the coronavirus supplement for JobSeeker recipients has been slammed by unemployed people and advocates across the country.  This week the Morrison government announced that the $75-a-week coronavirus supplement will be abolished from April 1. In an attempt to lighten the blow, they also announced that the […]

Impact of plain packaging questionable in Sydney’s inner city

By Emily Contador-Kelsall Sydney tobacco retailers and consumers have found that the federal government's plain packaging initiative has not had a profound impact on consumer habits, but instead attribute most of the changes they have witnessed to increasing tobacco prices in Australia. Last week, British American Tobacco Australasia (BATA) reported the federal government’s plain packaging […]

Waverley Council signals opposition to changes to Discrimination Act

Waverley Council has confirmed its opposition to the Federal Government’s exposure draft of amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act. The council resolved to write to the Federal Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull to state its concern over the repeal of section 18C, which will see the removal of the words “offend, insult, humiliate and intimidate” […]

Top secret stages light up the night

‘Secret’ performances by big names in international music would be enabled under a City of Sydney plan to encourage touring artists to collaborate with local musicians. The Live Music and Performance Action Plan calls on the council to work with the immigration department, promoters and venues to create greater flexibility. The report says it is […]

Coalition abandoning communities: Albanese

The federal government’s commitment to multiculturalism in Australia has been called into question following its decision to scrap the Building Multicultural Communities Program (BMCP) that provides financial support to groups that encourage social cohesion and multiculturalism. The former Labor government delivered $100,000 in grants for community organisations in the inner west through the BMCP following […]

Local MPs to introduce same-sex marriage bill

The NSW Cross Party Marriage Equality Working Group – made up of Greens, Labor, Liberal, National and independent MPs – will introduce legislation to state parliament seeking to give same-sex couples the right to marry in NSW. At time of writing, the NSW Same-Sex Marriage Bill was due to be introduced by Labor MLC Penny […]