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De-amalgamate! And put the local back into local…

Opinion by PETER HEHIR With the decision due in relation to what has been described as “several counts of misconduct in 2019” during the execution of his mayoral duties, the Balmain electorate awaits the fate of Mayor Darcy Byrne. It was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald and Telegraph on Wednesday that Mr Byrne told […]

Inner West mayor calls on Liberal Party to disendorse “homophobic” councillor

By ALLISON HORE Inner West mayor, Darcy Byrne, is calling on members of the Liberal party to disavow a homophobic councillor and not endorse her as a candidate in the upcoming local council elections. Councillor Julie Passas, who has served for almost two decades, was found guilty of "unlawful homosexual vilification" in 2019, and ordered […]

Premier palliates pork barrelling

By ALLISON HORE NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has admitted tens of millions of dollars in council grants were distributed in a way which was beneficial to the Liberal party, but said she saw no issue with the process. The Stronger Communities fund was originally established to help merged councils with infrastructure needs after controversial council […]

Libs split over preserving Sydney’s heritage

By ALEC SMART A split has appeared in the Australian Liberal Party over preservation of Sydney’s heritage, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s NSW Government favouring commercialisation over the Federal Government’s plans for conservation. NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes rejected the outcome of an independent inquiry into maintaining and caretaking historically and culturally important sites in Sydney […]

Brewery brawl, car thievery captured, Endeavour’s endeavour: News Bites – 2 Oct 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Brewery brawl A fight disrupted a punk rock gig at Staves Brewery in Glebe on Sunday 29 Sept, resulting in broken furniture, smashed beer glasses and a window, damaged drums and a woman punched. The brawl attracted six carloads of police. City Hub was told two members of the band […]

Fighting for hope

Opinion by PETER HEHIR With politicians all over the world still stumbling about, lost in the maze of the late 19th century right/left polemics, I was pleasantly reminded of the time I was privileged to interview one of my two political heroes. It was in the early 80’s. The exact date is buried somewhere in […]

Houston, we have a problem with you

By ALEC SMART Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed as ‘gossip’ but didn’t deny the report in the Wall Street Journal that he sought a visa for his spiritual mentor, Pentecostal minister Brian Houston, to accompany him on his visit to the USA on his new jet – Shark One – for a state banquet with […]

WestConnex takes its toll in Annandale

By WENDY BACON WestConnex contractors chopped down scores more trees in Annandale late on Monday night, just hours after residents protested against the destruction of Buruwan Park, which will make way for road widening and a giant overpass across to Rozelle. Since 2016, 8000 trees have been chopped down across Sydney's Inner West by WestConnex, […]

NSW gambles with democracy

By WENDY BACON The NSW Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) has already established a strong case that NSW Labor disguised a prohibited $100,000 donation from Chinese businessman and property developer Huang Xiangmo by organising ‘straw donors’. A number of minor supporters and donors have admitted that they signed false declaration forms in 2015. One of […]

Cruise ship crisis, dog-gone food, Nine feeds Liberal Party: News Bites – 4 Sept 2019

Bite-sized bulletins by ALEC SMART Ship avoid Randwick Council is engaging specialists to research potential impacts of a proposed third Sydney terminal for cruise ships at Molineux Point and Yarra Bay in Botany Bay. Mayor Kathy Neilson tabled the motion on 27 August and the council voted overwhelmingly to endorse a budget of $50,000 to […]