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NSW Parliament passes Affirmative Consent Laws

By DANIEL LO SURDO In a landmark decision, the NSW Parliament today passed new sexual consent laws to install an affirmative consent model across the state. The law will now reflect those implemented in Tasmania, in what is considered as the best in Australia. The Affirmative Consent Reforms detail that "consent to a sexual activity […]

Affirmative Consent Laws to be made law as early as this week

By DANIEL LO SURDO Affirmative consent laws were passed by the NSW Lower House on Wednesday night, allowing the Bill to become law by as early as this week.  The Independent has previously reported on the Affirmative Consent Reforms Bill, which includes an affirmative consent model that details that “consent to a sexual activity must […]

NSW Affirmative Consent Reforms Bill introduced to Parliament; scheduled for debate

By DANIEL LO SURDO A long-awaited Bill containing affirmative sexual consent reforms was introduced to NSW Parliament last week ahead of a parliamentary debate scheduled for November.  The Bill contains an affirmative consent model, which specifies that “consent to a sexual activity must not be presumed” and that “consensual sexual activity involves ongoing and mutual […]

Inner West community want more government action on climate change, poll reveals

By EVA BAXTER In July this year, a campaign by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) Together We Can conducted a poll of 15,000 Australians in all 151 federal electorates on their opinions on climate change. According to the poll, nationally, 67% of voters want the federal government to do more to combat climate change. Across […]

Inner-city leaders welcome State Government’s plans to cut emissions in half by 2030

By DANIEL LO SURDO Inner-city leaders have supported the NSW Government's decision to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 50 per cent by 2030, with City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore labelling it "exciting news". The cut, announced this week, will create a new climate change target that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions to […]

Sydney Lockdown: COVID-19 numbers surge through inner-city social and Aboriginal housing

By DANIEL LO SURDO COVID-19 rates have skyrocketed in the inner-city over the past week as vaccination clinics are being set up to combat growing cases. Outbreaks across high-density social and Aboriginal housing have rocked the inner-city, as the virus spreads among some of the state's most vulnerable. "We have a number of identified Aboriginal […]

Anti-trans bill supported by Parliament but condemned by trans and gender diverse community

By KATELYN MILLIGAN An anti-transgender education bill proposed by One Nation’s Mark Latham and endorsed by NSW Parliament has been condemned as a war on trans and gender diverse young people. Latham recently introduced two bills to NSW Parliament that call into question the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community, with the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental […]

Cycling surges in the inner-city

By DANIEL LO SURDO The inner-city has seen a boom in cycling use in the past two years.  The City of Sydney’s 2021 Active Transport Survey revealed that regular cycling has more than doubled since 2019, with more than half of regular cyclists beginning in the last two years.  State Member for Newtown Jenny Leong […]

Inner West: Sydney Swans bringing AFLW to Marrickville

By DANIEL LO SURDO AFLW will arrive in the Inner West late next year when the Sydney Swans begin their inaugural national league campaign at Marrickville’s Henson Park.  The Swans were granted an AFLW license from the 2022/23 season along with three other clubs to bring the competition to 18 teams, matching the AFL.  State […]

NSW Government: Bill condemned for obstructing women’s reproductive rights

By KATELYN MILLIGAN The NSW Government’s introduction of a foetal personhood bill to NSW Parliament has been criticised for setting a dangerous precedent, clashing with women’s rights. The proposed amendments are a diluted version of “Zoe’s law” - a controversial foetal personhood bill that has been pushed for over a decade to consider the mother […]