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29 years, 437 deaths – yet no answers, no convictions and no justice

By Wendy Bacon Aboriginal families whose sons or daughters have died in custody formed a circle for a healing smoking ceremony, performed by Gadigal elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor at Djarrbarrgalli (the Gadigal word for ‘Domain’), during a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney on Sunday 5 July. Protesters called for fundamental changes in the criminal […]

Demolition man

BY JOHN MOYLE Change brought about by urban development and renewal is inevitable and can lead to the revitalisation and repurposing of areas for the better. But when it is on the scale of what is currently happening across NSW, it is often detrimental to the locality, its heritage and the lives of the people […]

The NBN may as well be dial-up

BY JORDAN FERMANIS Last week the Australian Federal Police carried out a raid in Melbourne on shadow cabinet ministers and their staff to obtain documents pertaining to the NBN mess. The raid targeted: The Treasury Place office of former communications minister Stephen Conroy, then went to home of Andy Burn who works for Shadow Communications […]

A mad act of infrastructure vandalism

I got back to Central station just after six on Friday evening. The intercity was comfortably populated going out of Newcastle station, nearly full leaving Broadmeadow, and packed to the gunwales from Gosford on. Lots of folk were going down to Sydney for the weekend to take in the Vivid light art festival. I'd spent […]


It’s good thing nineties-style midriff tops and chunky black boots are the current uniform festival wear. This year, Newcastle’s annual Fat As Butter Festival has taken a different approach in assembling their all-important line up for their September festival. Whilst headliners Good Charlotte are sure to divide festival-goers there is a nice variety in  this […]