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City of Sydney defer Aboriginal woman statue

By ALEC SMART On 2 July, City of Sydney Council voted 6 – 3 to amend and defer Councillor Dr Kerryn Phelps’ motion to commission a statue of Cadigal language teacher Patyegarang, what would have been the first publicly-funded statue in central Sydney to feature an Indigenous person. Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Scully, who issued […]

THE NAKED CITY – YOUR PYGMY POSSUM PET

For tens of thousands of years, the indigenous peoples of this land looked after the native animals, seemingly without a man-made extinction. Come white settlement and all that changed in less than a few centuries. The First Fleet brought rabbits with them, homesick colonials introduced foxes and more recently we have seen the proliferation of […]

Australia Daze

COMMENT BY WARREN FAHEY I am now quite resigned to the arm-swinging chorus that tells me ‘I am, you are, Aust-ral-ian’. After hearing the song ad infinitum in Rugby World Cup promotions, Salvation Army Red Shield campaigns, endless loops from Telstra, school assemblies, and anything else that vaguely smacks of flag-waving, I am preparing myself […]