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Councils hit back against amalgamations

Councils and resident groups have expressed their anger at the State Government reopening the possibility of forced local government amalgamation. The NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Local Government Paul Toole last week announced a $1 billion package for council reforms, leaving the door open for forced amalgamations. Under the Fit for the Future […]

NSW Government releases amendments to Shooters and Fishers business voting bill

The NSW Government last week removed the Shooters and Fishers proposed business voting bill from the parliamentary agenda, signalling the bill needed to be revised before being put before parliament. The upper house was set to discuss the legislation when it sat on Wednesday, September 10 and the bill was expected to pass. At the […]

Businesses speak out against secretive business voting bill

Sydney business owners have condemned the secrecy surrounding the proposed Shooters and Fishers Party bill to amend business voting procedures in the City of Sydney. The proposed legislation makes business voting compulsory and automatically enrolls all businesses in the City to vote in council elections. The bill also enrolls two voters for every business. President […]

News in brief

ICAC called on to investigate NSW Government's secret business voting bill By Lucia Osborne-Crowley Last week NSW Premier Mike Baird announced the state Liberal government would support a Shooters and Fishers Party Bill to change voting practices in City of Sydney Council elections. If passed, the Bill will mean business owners in the City of […]

Millers Point housing dispute heightens

By Christopher Harris Local politicians have joined the opposition to NSW Government’s plan to sell public housing in Millers Point to fund a Housing NSW property shortfall and maintenance backlog. The significance of the Millers Point housing was highlighted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore last Friday as she opened Sue Rawlinson’s exhibition that documents the […]

Backlash against Bays Precinct development unfolds

Resident groups and local politicians have criticised the NSW Government's Bays Precinct development announcement on the grounds it favours private development with little community input. On Thursday July 17th, two years since The Bays Precinct Taskforce released its Strategic Framework Report, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Pru Goward announced a 30-year strategy for […]

Cuts to NSW TAFE target students with disabilities

Premier Mike Baird’s cuts to funding for NSW TAFE combined with Prime Minister Abbott’s proposed changes to the Disability Support Pension spell tragedy for people living with disabilities in Sydney, according to Shadow Minister for Disability Services Barbara Perry. While the federal government defends its cuts to the Disability Support Pension scheme by arguing that […]

Labor to launch ‘Stop the Cuts’ campaign

The New South Wales Labor Party is set to embark on a six week ‘Stop the Cuts’ campaign focusing on funding for health, according to an email circulated to campaign teams and candidates this week. The email outlined a six-week campaign program focusing on State Government cuts to health services. “Organisers will be in touch […]

Same-sex marriage on Sydney soil

This week, Peter Fraser and his partner Gordon Stevenson will become the first same-sex couple to get married here in Sydney. As of Friday, June 27, same-sex couples living in Australia will be able to marry in British consulates in Sydney and Canberra as long as one partner holds British citizenship. Following the British High […]

Political donations bill debated in NSW Parliament

Bipartisan support has emerged in the State Parliament of New South Wales for a bill to close a major election funding loophole. In the wake of the Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation into statewide political corruption, the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Consequential Amendment Bill aims to force disclosure of all donations of more than […]