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It’s the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Olympics and we have all been encouraged to reflect on this historic event with pride and admiration – not only for the sporting achievements but for the way our city welcomed thousands of visitors from overseas. There are lots of feel good stories like the success of athlete […]

Coronavirus complicates problems faced by homeless

By JOHN MOYLE In uncertain times the one certainty is that the homeless are likely to be hit harder by COVID-19 than the general populace. Health-wise they are already in an unenviable position having a life expectancy of almost half that of the average Australian. The homeless are also over-represented with mental disorders, alcohol and […]


Full of homegrown tourists and international travellers the Indian Pacific makes its way into Sydney past the dilapidated, graffiti scrawled landscape of the old Redfern railway yards. As the train slows and snakes its way into Central Station the choking bushfire smoke has all but obscured the view from the carriage windows. “Where are we?” […]

Sydney Still Unaffordable For Most

Sydney house prices have dropped by 4.1 per cent, but that doesn’t mean that housing is affordable for those on the lowest incomes. The most expensive properties in Sydney, mostly concentrated in the inner city, have dropped in price significantly in the last year. However, affordable housing is still in short supply despite being in […]

Xenophon’s mean streets

BY JOSHUA KINDL The Sydney CBD is a place of extremes. During the summer months, the brutal heat, amplified by the thick cement roads and the proximity of work-attired bodies, is unrelenting. In winter those same roads trap the cold, with Sydney’s abundant population of tightly packed skyscrapers responsible for funnelling biting winds through at […]

Homeless hounded in park

BY ISABELLE BASTIAN The NSW Government removed the homeless population from Glebe’s Wentworth Park in a similar manner to the mass eviction at Martin Place earlier this year. The evictions took place approximately a week ago. According to Denis Doherty from Hands Off Glebe, some of the former residents of Martin Place, including their unofficial […]

Homeless stand their ground at Martin Place

BY TOMMY BOUTROS The dwellers of the homeless camp in Martin Place are refusing to move on despite Lord Mayor Clover Moore announcing on Monday night that she had come to an agreement with the camp leader, Lanz Priestly, that they would do so. Ms Moore promised an immediate safe space would be provided within […]

No space at Martin Place

BY ALEX EUGENE Sydney's homeless have been displaced in droves, after being moved on from a camp at Martin Place last Saturday. Police and City of Sydney Council workers evicted dozens of rough sleepers from the area who had been living there for months, and over time had accumulated wooden furniture, a food stall with […]


With Coffin Ed. Everybody loves a party but when the annual cost is around $760,000, paid for out of the public purse and strictly invite only, the celebration is definitely not universal. That’s been the case with the Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s annual knees up at the Opera House for New Year’s Eve, where last […]

As affordability decreases, homelessness rises

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Levels of homelessness in the City have increased to their highest figure since 2013, according to latest City of Sydney homelessness street count. The City of Sydney’s Febuary street count found there were 890 people without a place to live with 486 sleeping on the streets and 404 in hostels. Independent State […]