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In the dark on WestConnex

By Elise Dalley   The Abbott government yesterday refused to table information about the cost and construction of the Westconnex tollway because such information is “contrary to the public interest”. Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon, who ordered the motion on 18 March, said it’s absurd that Minister Warren Truss believes revealing the information is not […]

Thousands march against ‘the shady bunch’

By Joe Bourke   More than 5000 people attended the ‘March in March’ rally at Town Hall last Sunday to voice their opposition to Tony Abbott and many of the Liberal Party’s key policies. Rallies were held around Australia, but with the upcoming state election, Sydney had the highest profile. Several notable figures spoke at […]

Powerhouse Museum to be moved

Community members and politicians have slammed the state government’s decision to relocate the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta. The announcement by Premier Baird and the Minister for Arts, Troy Grant, that the current site would be sold to developers came after months of speculation around its future. Yimmy Serfert, the Chair of the Ultimo Village Voice […]

High hopes for medical cannabis legislation

By Sophie Trigger State legislation to allow the use of cannabis by the terminally ill is a polarising election issue and raises questions about self-medication for mental health reasons.   While Premier Mike Baird and Opposition Leader Luke Foley support the passing of laws in this direction, they disagree on the need for further trials […]

2014: The year Sydney built a city without a foundation.

By Elliott Brennan Premier Mike Baird came good on two of his longest standing promises last year. In 2011 as Treasurer of NSW he announced that the state was 'open for business', and whilst Barangaroo was certainly symptomatic of this Liberal drive, 2014 was the year that the effort went into hyper drive. How did […]

International Summit overshadowed by Treasurer’s ‘mistake’

  The Bays Precinct international summit was held last Wednesday and Thursday (November 20-21) and saw hundreds of international experts converge on The Australian Technology Park to help decide the future of the precinct. But the event has been overshadowed by a remark made by the Treasurer of NSW, Andrew Constance. “The Bays Precinct Urban […]

WestConnex announcement angers politicians and residents

The Australian and NSW Governments sent a shockwave through parts of Sydney with their announcement that the planning application for the new M5 tunnels as part of the second stage of WestConnex had been lodged. The plans were rejected by both the Greens and Labor at all levels of Government. Residents of the effected areas […]

Government announces political donations reform

By Jessica Rapana Politicians caught evading donations laws or breaking electoral funding rules will face harsher penalties following the Premier's announcement of new legislation to be put in place for the 2015 state election. Dodging donations laws will be punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, while penalties for breaking funding laws will be doubled […]

Debate rages over implementation of medicinal marijuana in NSW

Greens NSW MP John Kaye has announced he will be introducing his own legislation to parliament to challenge the government to take steps to broaden the availability of medicinal cannabis. Mr Kaye has expressed his belief that medicinal cannabis should be available to those with debilitating conditions as well as chronic and terminal illnesses. Mr […]

If you see something, say something

You've gotta feel a bit sorry for Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad. If you're an Arab ruler it's hard to ever do the right thing by the Yanks, unless, like the Saudi monarchs, you still have significant reserves of oil. The story goes that the secular authoritarian ruler ran an awful regime. His terrible security […]