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Lockout laws: a defence

Opinion by Andrew Woodhouse When the 2014 lockout laws were introduced, Kings Cross residents hoped they’d get their streets back and the night-time economy would cease butchering the daytime economy. The legal amendments were introduced by the O’Farrell government to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence; all other measures having failed. Teenager Daniel Christie died in January 2014, […]

United for accessible treatment

By MICHAEL HITCH The Uniting Church and its service arm, Uniting, took another step towards reforming drug laws after screening their documentary film, Half A Million Steps, in Paddington recently. The film documents the 'Long Walk to Treatment' - a group trek from Dubbo in central-west NSW to Parliament House in Sydney. The Long Walk […]

Opinion: The tollroad folly

By Peter Hehir Concerns long raised by critics of the NSW Government’s inner city tollroads are now being admitted, albeit belatedly, by both the RMS and the Berejiklian Government. When it was proposed years ago that three and four lane tunnels would merge with the inner west local road network, the resulting traffic chaos was […]

Faruqi’s voice for nature

BY MERRILL WITT Last year, at a meeting to discuss NSW’s dwindling koala population, the Greens Senator for NSW Dr Mehreen Faruqi explained that in the early 2000s she moved to the Port Macquarie area with her husband and two young children to become Manager of Natural Resources and Catchments for the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. […]

I just don’t get it…

By Peter Hehir The NSW election result poses one hell of a conundrum. Just how could such a people hostile government be given another term? Is it because there really isn’t an alternative? Or is it because the mass of humanity is so very poorly informed, so ignorant and uneducated that they are simply led […]

No change to lock-out laws

by John Moyle Bad news keeps coming for pubs and clubs in the CBD and King Cross as Glad the Impaler’s government makes it clear that there will be no changes to the lock-out laws until after the state election on 20 March 2019. This news comes at the completion of the review into liquor […]

No change to lock-out laws

by John Moyle Bad news keeps coming for pubs and clubs in the CBD and King Cross as Glad the Impaler’s government makes it clear that there will be no changes to the lock-out laws until after the state election on 20 March 2019. This news comes at the completion of the review into liquor […]

Community engagement – are we feeling the love?

by Peter Hehir The Government’s approach when trying to flog a real dog of a project like WestConnex is to conduct what they euphemistically call ‘Community Information sessions’, where the community can have their questions answered and also tell the Government what they think of what’s being proposed. On the surface this appears to be […]

Suck it up people. Suck it up

By Peter Hehir It seems what the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and the Sydney Motorway Corporation find impossible to do – that is, to post pollution results that remain up there for all the world to see – can be achieved with comparative ease by those with the skill to write the necessary algorithm. […]

Railing against injustice

BY ANDREW CHUTER Sydney's rail crisis has become a major headache for the Berejiklian government at the start of 2018. It has added strength to community campaigns calling for public transport investment to be put first ahead of toll road expansions. It started with a major system meltdown on January 9, which Transport Minister Andrew […]