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NSW parliamentarians vow to outlaw “conversion therapy”

By ALLISON HORE Following a ban on so-called “conversion therapy” in Victoria, a group of NSW parliamentarians are vowing to push similar policy to outlaw the practice in NSW. During a nine hour sitting on Thursday this week, Victoria's upper house voted 27 to 9 to pass the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill. […]

Sorry, not sorry, for Indigenous youth, apparently

By ALEC SMART On the week of Sorry Day, the national day to commemorate the mistreatment of Australia’s first peoples by European settlers, it was revealed that the NSW Govt plan to slash vital support funding to an Aboriginal welfare service that provides essential help to Indigenous children. The Sorry Day, aka National Day of […]

Abortion no longer a crime in NSW

By WENDY BACON Update: On September 26, the NSW Legislative Assembly passed the Abortion bill to take abortion out of the NSW Crimes Act. The bill was passed with all its amendments and on the voices without a division.   The story provides an insight into how the bill progressed through parliament.  The Human Rights Law […]

United for accessible treatment

By MICHAEL HITCH The Uniting Church and its service arm, Uniting, took another step towards reforming drug laws after screening their documentary film, Half A Million Steps, in Paddington recently. The film documents the 'Long Walk to Treatment' - a group trek from Dubbo in central-west NSW to Parliament House in Sydney. The Long Walk […]

Rally to decriminalise abortion

By KATHERINE RAJWAR A 17-year-old Catholic school girl, Bella Ziade, sparked a renewed push for decriminalisation of Abortion Laws in New South Wales when she organised the My Body My Choice rally on June 9 in Sydney. Armed with megaphones and signs declaring “Keep your dirty laws off my silky draws” and “Ovary-acting? I think […]

Abortion in NSW – IT’S TIME.

By WENDY BACON I’m daring to hope that this will be the last NSW election when abortion remains on the Crimes Act in NSW.  Abortion has always been available for those in the know, those with enough money and those who could find out where to go. When I was growing up in the 1950s […]

A child shall lead them

By Peter Hehir ALP flyers in Summer Hill and Balmain are attempting to allay the fears of residents concerned about the Western Harbour Tunnel (WHT). A recent City Hub article outlined a scenario whereby at some point after the election Labor would do a back flip on their election promise to oppose the WHT. Well […]

Callan Park at breaking point

By Hall Greenland The future of Callan Park is back on the political map and is set to become a state election issue. Friends of Callan Park successfully lobbied MPs on Tuesday as the first step in a campaign to persuade the state government and state opposition to take immediate action. They held a short […]

Sydney’s dark history of gay-hate crimes

BY SARAH MCLENAGHAN    A New South Wales Police review has documented Sydney’s dark history of gay-hate crimes. The investigation revealed that of 88 suspicious deaths occurring in the LGBTIQ community between 1976 and 2000, 27 were motivated by gay-hate bias. ACON Chief Executive Nicolas Parkhill said, “These findings are alarming and speak to the […]

Opposition mounts to government’s bike laws

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS The Greens have said the narrow defeat of a disallowance motion on Tuesday in NSW Parliament shows that contempt for the government’s new bike laws are widespread. The laws, which include steep hikes in fines for cyclists, as well as a proposal to make carrying identification mandatory for riders, has angered cycling […]