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Coogee electorate profile

By ALLISON HORE Now only a few days away, the State election has reached its final leg. While some seats are already safe enough to call, polling at other marginal seats will be watched carefully over the weekend. Coogee, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, is one such seat. It includes Randwick, Coogee, Clovelly, Bronte, […]

Vaucluse electorate profile

By Allison Hore The electoral district of Vaucluse is made up of Watsons Bay, Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Dover Heights, Bondi Beach, Bellevue Hill, Point Piper, Double Bay, Darling Point, most of Woollahra and some parts of Bondi. Socio-economically, the area is very well off, according to the 2016 census. The median weekly household income in […]


Every political leader likes to have their own public persona. Kevin Rudd was happy to work his nerdish, studious appearance, giving the impression that every word he spoke was backed by meticulous research. Julia Gillard portrayed herself as a leader under siege but with the combative skills to fend off any attackers. Tony Abbott cultivated […]

A vote for Phelps is a vote for small “l” liberalism

BY MARGO KINGSTON   I celebrated Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension to Australia’s leadership by publishing a photo on Twitter of my mother and I toasting him with champagne. “Small l liberalism” - socially progressive, economically dry, environmentally green - was on the rise again in the Liberal Party. Turnbull held the line as best he could […]

Why is the Powerhouse going?

BY KYLIE WINKWORTH There are many big questions begging answers from the Liberal Party. Why was Malcolm Turnbull dumped as PM? Why are there so few Liberal women MPs? And in NSW, why is the government closing the Powerhouse Museum (PHM) to ‘move’ it to Parramatta?  The case for moving the Powerhouse Museum has been […]


The news that Donald Trump might visit Australia in November en route to the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea has some in Australia salivating and others ready to run riot in the streets. The most polarising president in US history is set to have a similar effect if he does land Air Force One […]

An Evening With Geoffrey Robertson

An Evening With Geoffrey Robertson will give audiences the unique chance to glimpse inside the mind of one of the world’s leading and celebrated human rights lawyers. For one night at the City Recital Hall on March 26, Mr Robertson will reflect on his numerous high-profile and sometimes controversial cases, throughout his fifty year career […]

Crumbs for childcarers

BY JADE MORELLINI Childcare workers are fighting back against unequal pay, planning the biggest-ever early childhood education walk-off from work on March 27. On 4th February 2017, a nationwide advertisement was launched promoting equal pay for childcare workers across TV, radio and newspaper with the aim to gain support from the Australian community. Triggering this […]

Marriage Equality post-mortem

BY JOHN MOYLE Last Wednesday Sydney’s Prince Alfred Park made a spectacular backdrop as the focal point for the announcement of the Same-Sex Marriage plebiscite. Stars Magda Szubanski, John Paul Young, Rickee-Lee, Alfie Arcuri, Peking Duk and thousands of marriage equality supporters were gathered on the bright morning not knowing what to expect. Across the […]

Line in the sand for Adani

BY ANITA SENARATNA   On Saturday October 7, thousands of Australians will be donning red and black and forming human signs saying ‘STOP ADANI’ on beaches and parks across the country to protest the Indian mining conglomerate’s proposed coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. In Sydney, the local branch of the Stop Adani campaign have […]