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Anti-mask conspiracy believers fined

By ALLISON HORE An anti-COVID conspiracy theorist was arrested on Friday for failing to comply with the COVID-19 public health order requiring Sydney-siders to wear a mask in public.  This comes as a number of public figures, including an Australian MP, are being slammed online for spreading misinformation about masks and COVID-19. A 55-year-old man […]

A new model for mental health care

By ALLISON HORE A new counselling social enterprise in Leichhardt is pioneering a new model for mental health care in Sydney’s Inner West. Rough Patch Affordable Counselling opened in Leichhardt in August and has been met with an enthusiastic reception from locals who’ve accessed its services. Amber Rules, a psychotherapist who specialises in addiction recovery, […]

First zero-COVID day since June

By ALLISON HORE Halloween wasn’t the only spooky occurrence over the weekend. In a scary departure from the usual state of affairs, Saturday saw zero new local acquired COVID-19 cases recorded across the whole country. In the 24 hours between 8pm on Friday and 8pm on Saturday night, there were no new locally acquired cases […]


It’s official – Pauline Hanson will not be getting vaccinated if a COVID shot becomes available some time next year. She made this emphatically clear when asked for her views on such a vaccine being made mandatory by the Federal Government. Adding that she was not an anti-vaxxer, she expressed a sentiment that has attracted […]

Backlash prompts review of therapies

BY ALANA LEVENE The Liberal National Government announced on Sunday it will reconsider a ban on private health cover for more than a dozen natural therapies — less than a week after the ban’s implementation set off an intense backlash. The Department of Health decided to stop funding private health insurance cover for 16 natural […]

Birds’ eye view

BY ALEC SMART This is National Bird Week and to coincide with avian awareness the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count is underway until Sunday 29 October. The aim of the count is to promote awareness of our feathered neighbours, as well as encourage a citizen-scientist method of recording bird numbers. The 2016 bird count involved […]

Mixed messages over Malabar Headland

By Joe Bourke A controversial report by the Department of Finance on Sydney’s last undeveloped headland was made public last week, spurring renewed talk over its status. The report listed Malabar Headland as being “surplus to requirement” and said that it could make a strong return if sold to developers. These findings received backlash from […]

Malabar Headland remains a 2015 election issue

By Lauren O’Connor The future of Malabar Headland in Sydney’s eastern suburbs continues to be uncertain after decades of federal indecision on its status. The reserve is a controversial and recurring topic in federal, state and local politics. Randwick Councillor Brendan Roberts, who will stand as Liberal candidate for the marginal seat of Maroubra in […]