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Penny Sharpe steps down from Labor front bench over disease testing bill

By ALLISON HORE A senior member of the NSW Labor party resigned from the front bench in opposition to the party’s support of the controversial Mandatory Disease Testing Bill.  In a letter to NSW opposition leader Jodi McKay, MLC Penny Sharpe wrote that she would be stepping back from Labor's frontbench, and as deputy leader […]

Housing Crisis, what crisis?

By John Moyle A recently released research paper claims Australian public housing is in crisis with a shortfall of 433,000 social housing units across the nation and 36,000 new units a year needed over the next 20 years to meet demand. Published by the independent Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, the paper also suggests […]

The business of being independent

BY ANGELA STEVENS   For the first time in 60 years the seat of Wentworth might go to a non-Liberal, and while this probably says more about what’s gone on in Canberra than the quality of the candidates, independents and single issue party candidates have picked up on the scent of an opportunity. One of […]

The elephant in the room

BY PETER HEHIR   I recently attended a forum at the University of NSW convened by the Nature Conservation Council NSW. Apart from the presenters there were about thirty or so who’d come to listen to speakers including Peter Newman talk about urban sprawl and the need to increase the density of our capital cities. […]

Sydney Still Unaffordable For Most

Sydney house prices have dropped by 4.1 per cent, but that doesn’t mean that housing is affordable for those on the lowest incomes. The most expensive properties in Sydney, mostly concentrated in the inner city, have dropped in price significantly in the last year. However, affordable housing is still in short supply despite being in […]

Camperdown to get controversial new hospital

  BY GEORGIA CLARK A legal loophole enabling developers to proceed with developments even if consent was received decades ago has caused concern that community consultation could be bypassed. The warning comes after a landmark decision in the Supreme Court was struck, ruling that a 20-year-old development consent received by Macquarie Health for a private […]

Calls for more police oversight following Jenny Leong trolling scandal

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Complaints of alleged ‘online abuse’ by NSW Police towards Greens MP Jenny Leong have been made to the Police Integrity Commission. There may also be an internal police investigation. It follows revelations that NSW Police Officers left racist and sexist comments directed at the member for Newtown on social media. Following the […]

Greens calls for tougher measures to end puppy farming

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS AND SHON HO Puppy buyers will have the ability to trace an animal back to the original breeder as well as update the details of their dog online, as part of the new Companion Animal Breeding Standards released by the government last week. Pure bred breeders association, Dogs NSW welcomed the move and […]

The Powerhouse math doesn’t stack up

OPINION -- BY LAWRENCE GIBBONS The Baird government’s intention to sell the existing Powerhouse Museum site in Ultimo to developers is economic and cultural vandalism on an unprecedented scale. No modern day global city in living memory has bulldozed a museum in the historic heart of the city in order to relocate its cultural collection […]

Perseverance pays off for protestors as lockouts score review

  BY LUCAS BAIRD A Greens MP has welcomed an apparent shift in the Government's plans regarding Sydney’s controversial lockout laws. Member for Newtown and Greens Spokesperson on liquor laws, Jenny Leong, has praised the government's decision to hold roundtable discussions with stakeholders. Ms Leong called the decision a change in tune on the government’s […]