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Calls for independent body to investigate deaths in custody

By ALLISON HORE Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at the Domain on Monday to call for the establishment of an independent body to investigate Indigenous deaths in custody.  Attending the rally were families of a number of Indigenous people who had died while being held in police custody. They are calling for a new, First […]

Pushing boundaries: changes proposed for Sydney electoral district

By ALLISON HORE The NSW Electoral Commission has released proposed new state electoral boundaries for NSW. On November 9th, the NSW Electoral Commission published their list of proposed district names and boundaries, which included changes to the Sydney electorate.  The proposed changes would mean most of Surry Hills, which is currently split across two state […]

World Kangaroo Day calls for kangaroo cull moratorium

By ALLISON HORE To mark the first World Kangaroo day this Saturday, animal activists took to the streets in Sydney to call for a moratorium on kangaroo slaughter. Saturday’s Sydney protest was just one of many which were held across NSW. Mark Pearson, NSW legislative council member for the Animal justice Party, told City Hub […]

NSW lower house votes unanimously to support transgender people

By ALLISON HORE The lower house of the NSW parliament have voted unanimously in support of a motion calling for fair and equal treatment of transgender and gender diverse people across the state. The motion was introduced before parliament on Wednesday by independent member for Sydney Alex Greenwich. He said the motion recognises the ongoing […]

Marsupial madness in NSW coalition

By ALLISON HORE It was a tumultuous week for the coalition government last week, with the national party threatening to go rogue over opposition to koala habitat legislation. On Thursday deputy premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro threatened to pull his party out of the coalition if State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)s protecting the […]

Upton opposes Abortion Bill

By VANESSA LIM Liberal Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton voted against the abortion bill after Premier Gladys Berejikilian caved in to her conservative colleagues in the Liberal Party and allowed a conscience vote on the bill. This allowed politicians a vote based on their personal moral and ethical beliefs and did not attach politicians to the […]

Black holes of Australia

By ALEC SMART On 11 September it was announced that Community Courts for Indigenous Australians are to be reintroduced in the Northern Territory, eight years after they were abolished. This coincided with the release of a draft Aboriginal Justice Agreement that aims to reduce offending and keep Indigenous people out of prison. Almost 100% of […]

“Disguised ag gag bill” passes in NSW parliament

BY KENJI SATO Legislation cracking down on animal rights activists who trespass onto farms passed through the NSW Upper House last week. The 2015 Biosecurity Bill passed in its entirety, after amendments put forward by the ALP, the Greens, and the Animal Justice Party were rejected. Under the new laws, animal activists who trespass onto […]

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 […]

Triumph for women’s services

NSW Parliament will debate the closure of women's homelessness services under the NSW Government's Going Home Staying Home reforms. A number of activist groups and local and state politicians have lobbied the state government since it announced the reforms. On the 11th of August, NSW Labor received a petition with over 14,000 signatures of those […]