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Anti-mask conspiracy believers fined

By ALLISON HORE An anti-COVID conspiracy theorist was arrested on Friday for failing to comply with the COVID-19 public health order requiring Sydney-siders to wear a mask in public.  This comes as a number of public figures, including an Australian MP, are being slammed online for spreading misinformation about masks and COVID-19. A 55-year-old man […]

Deserted Sydney foreshore welcomes new year

By ALLISON HORE The Sydney CBD was a virtual ghost town as the clock struck midnight, marking the beginning of 2021.  Unlike previous years there was only one fireworks display. A shortened 7-minute show with the fitting theme of love and solidarity amid COVID19 marked the beginning of 2021. But more stark of a difference […]

Police response to campus protest “disturbing” and “violent”

By ALLISON HORE University of Sydney staff and students have been left feeling “disturbed” by footage showing the heavy-handed actions of police at a campus protest on Wednesday. Around 200 students gathered on the lawn at University of Sydney at around midday on Wednesday to participate in a public “teach out” organised by the National […]

Trans rights protesters arrested at rally against One Nation bill

By ALLISON HORE Two protesters were arrested at a transgender rights rally in Sydney’s Taylor Square on Saturday. The “kill the bill” rally was organised in opposition to a set of legislation to strip schools of educational content relating to transgender and gender diverse people. The Education Legislation Amendment bill proposed by One Nation’s Mark […]

Sydney protest “selfish”, says commissioner

By ALLISON HORE NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has moved to block a Black Lives Matter protest amid concerns about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state. Mr. Fuller says the protest, scheduled to take place in Sydney on Tuesday July 28, would be “devastating to anyone's cause” if it were found to […]

NSW Police increase reward to $1 million for info on boy’s arson death

By ALEC SMART Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that this article contains an image and the name of a deceased person. On the 22nd anniversary of 13-year-old Arthur Haines’ suspicious death, NSW Police increased the reward for information to catch his killer(s) to $1 million. On 9 April 1998, the young Aboriginal boy […]

Marsh mural censored

by ALEC SMART A controversial Scott Marsh wall mural in central Sydney has been covered over by City of Sydney Council authorities, following a NSW Police request, only 19 hours after it was painted. Marsh, an internationally-respected artist, is renowned for his detailed and humorous wall murals in central Sydney that typically satirise prominent politicians […]

Black Lives Matter rallies attract tens of thousands

By ALEC SMART Rallies in support of Black Lives Matter on 6 June attracted tens of thousands across Australia to commemorate George Floyd, a black man who was suffocated to death by a Minneapolis police officer in the USA. Most of the demonstrators followed health authority guidelines to wear masks to limit possible spread of […]

Criminal charge demanded for ‘bad day’ cop who hurt Aboriginal teenager

By ALEC SMART The family of an Aboriginal teenager who was slammed face-first to the ground by a NSW police officer warned they will pursue a private criminal prosecution if the officer is not charged. The constable, from Sydney’s Surry Hills Command, was filmed via a mobile phone around 5.30pm on 1 June violently reacting […]

Gay-hate murder suspect arrested

by ALEC SMART A 49-year-old man has been arrested for the 1988 gay-hate murder of Scott Johnson, whose naked body was found on a rock ledge at the base of a cliff near Manly on Sydney’s North Shore. On 10 Dec 1988, the 27-year-old American was discovered by a 13-year-old boy and two spear fishermen […]