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Seven Myths about the Powerhouse to Parramatta Debate

  1 -- It’s a choice between a museum at Ultimo or Parramatta. Why?   The Powerhouse Museum does not have to be sold to build a new museum in Parramatta. The government has the funds in its $600m cultural infrastructure fund to build a new museum in Parramatta. They also had an $860m stamp duty […]

Food News – Orange Wine Festival

I spent 24-hours in Orange last weekend taking in some key events at the 2015 Orange Wine Festival. The highlight of my visit was the Barrel to Bottle Chardonnay masterclass at my favourite winery in the region: De Salis Wines. Winemaker Charlie Svenson was incredibly candid and generous with both his winemaking techniques, and with pouring his museum release wines.

Outdoor dining smoking ban: all smoke and no fire

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS AND PETA GILBERT No fines or prosecutions have been issued under new smoking laws introduced in NSW on July 6 this year, according to the NSW Department of Health. But that doesn’t mean the implementation of the new laws has everyone happy, with businesses having to police smokers and apologise to disgruntled […]

Millers Point residents in the dark

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS Millers Point residents are still uncertain about their fate, more than a month after NSW Housing Minister Brad Hazzard said there could be possible exceptions to the forced evictions. In correspondence with Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, the minister wrote he was “actively considering the question of whether there should be exceptions, […]

Safe seat politics: the battle for Vaucluse

By Tang Li Labor candidate Gloria Nicol and Greens candidate Megan McEwin are fighting for a chance at winning the seat of Vaucluse at this month’s state election, despite it being held by the Liberals since 1988. The Vaucluse electorate includes the eastern suburbs from Watsons Bay to Woollahra, including parts of Bondi. Gabrielle Upton, […]

Foley’s left-wing legitimacy questioned

By Lauren O'Connor Luke Foley won the NSW Labor Leadership in a caucus meeting on the first Monday of the new year. He became opposition leader unopposed. A committed Catholic and family man who reportedly consulted his wife Edel McKenna, three children and mother before entering the ballot for opposition leader. Foley was considered the […]

Discussing homelessness in a pub

By Sophie Trigger   A conference was held by Politics in the pub on Thursday (November 13) at the Harold Park Hotel to address the increasing homelessness in Sydney. Gary Moore, the CEO of Homelessness NSW, pinned the spike in price of the housing market as a driving factor in the increase of rough sleepers. […]

Bays precinct international summit speakers announced

The Minister for Planning, Pru Goward has announced the dignitaries who will speak at the Bays Precinct International Summit.  The announcement comes after two ‘people’s summits’ held by both the City of Sydney and Leichhardt council to hear community concern. The International summit will take place over Saturday and Sunday (November 22-23) and will be […]

Discontent builds over NSW bail reform

Last week the NSW Government amended The Bail Act so that people who pose an unacceptable risk to the community will automatically be refused bail. The reforms have been criticised for reversing the onus of proof for certain offenses onto the accused. A post-prison support group based in Chippendale has joined a raising chorus of […]

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 […]