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Vulnerable renters put out despite reinstated ban on evictions during lockdown

By SASHA FOOT The NSW government reintroduced an eviction moratorium for renters this week. Tenants who can’t pay their rent in full due to Sydney’s lockdown cannot be evicted between now and September. However, the eviction moratorium only applies to households that can prove their income has reduced by 25% or more due to the […]

Affirmative consent reforms to be enacted in NSW

By ELYSIA COOK Last month the NSW Government announced that the state’s sexual consent laws will be reformed. The changes will see the adoption of an ‘affirmative consent’ model, requiring the accused to have actively obtained consent. The reform comes after recommendations were made by the NSW Law Reform Commission's Report to ‘strengthen’ and ‘simplify’ […]

Parental rights and religious freedoms: Protesters rally to “kill the bills”

By ALLISON HORE As a pair of “transphobic” law reforms proposed by One Nation’s Mark Latham make their way through the NSW parliament, community groups are amping up their rally cries for the bills to be killed.   On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Town Hall in Sydney to make their opposition heard and raise […]

‘Communities Plus’ what? Understanding the inner-city social housing program

By DANIEL LO SURDO When the NSW Government announced plans last November to redevelop the social housing estates of the City of Sydney, what followed a fleeting emotion of relief was a sustained, unprecedented feeling of panic.  Much of the affordable housing of South Eveleigh, North Eveleigh and Glebe had been without proper maintenance for […]

Asian-Australians call for an end to anti-Asian sentiment at Sydney vigil

By ALLISON HORE With anti-Asian racism on the rise, Asian-Australians in Sydney are calling for the federal government to tighten anti-racism laws. The call comes as part of the global #StopAsianHate campaign.  According to a survey by the Asian Australian Alliance which launched in April last year, there have been 520 incidents reports of COVID-19 […]

Eastern suburbs MP backs LGBTQI+ discrimination bill

By ALLISON HORE An Eastern suburbs MP has backed a controversial bill which advocacy groups say would make it easier to discriminate against LGBTQI+ people. A NSW parliamentary committee reported on the findings of their inquiry into a set of “religious freedom protections” proposed by One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham late last month. Member […]

Taking to the street for transgender visibility

By ALLISON HORE Ahead of Trans Day of Visibility on the 31st of March, protesters took over King Street to raise awareness about a number of issues which impact the transgender and gender diverse communities. International Transgender Day of Visibility is a day dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness about the discrimination they […]

The unlikely resident fighting back against the NSW Government’s war on public housing

By DANIEL LO SURDO Leading an emotion-fuelled campaign against the monoliths of the NSW Government is a responsibility Louisa Blair never thought she would shoulder.  The 30-year resident of the Explorer Street public housing estate in Eveleigh describes herself as more bashful than boisterous; not the sort to ordinarily welcome newcomers into her living room […]

I AM NOT A VIRUS: How Inner West artists are fighting back against racism

By GEORGIA ROBINSON “Racism is a social disease and it needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.” – Susan Chen Asian based racism is an issue which has existed for as long as Asian people have been migrating to Australia, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated it for Asian people all over Australia […]

“At long last,” accessibility upgrade for Inner West stations

By ALLISON HORE After years of community campaigning, details have been released about accessibility upgrades for two stations in Sydney’s Inner West. As part of the Transport Access Scheme, Transport for NSW have started planning much needed accessibility upgrades at Erskineville and St Peters stations. The proposed upgrades at St Peters and Erskineville stations will […]