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NSW Parliament passes anti-protest bill

By DANIEL LO SURDO Legislation that will allow penalties of up to two years jail time and $22,000 in fines for protestors has been passed in NSW Parliament, following a spate of mobilisations and actions across Sydney in recent weeks. The Roads and Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill will apply tougher penalties for people who disrupt […]

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 […]

Arrest us

By WENDY BACON This week I joined more than sixty other women on #ArrestUs in support of a bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW. All of the signatories have had one or more abortions in NSW. This statement is part of a much broader campaign led by a Pro-Choice coalition of sixty organisations including Family […]

Journeys of Hope

By Matt Khoury This isn’t a story about paedophiles. It’s not about religious figures and teachers who curate kids as sexual muses. And get shuffled off to another posting before they feel the heat. It’s not about a cardinal who boasted the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse would stop a “smear […]

The Sirius Question

BY ISABELLE BASTIAN The NSW Minister for Heritage, Gabrielle Upton, has again decided not to place the threatened Sirius Building in The Rocks on the State Heritage Register. Finished in 1980, the building is known as a prime example of Brutalist architecture. Its distinctive position in The Rocks makes it visible from the Harbour Bridge […]

Sirius business: a brutalist victory

BY ALEX EUGENE A local community group has won their court case against the state government. The Sirius building, Millers Point will now be heritage listed, after the former NSW Heritage Minister Mark Speakman failed to do so in 2014. Mr Speakman claimed listing the building would reduce its sale value by almost $70million. The […]