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Occupy continues to defy

Occupy Sydney has announced it will mark its second anniversary in Martin Place with a day of music, speeches, solar cooking demonstrations and free food. The group will celebrate two years in the heart of Sydney’s financial district on Saturday, October 12 – the closest Saturday to the two-year anniversary on October 15. Occupy Sydney […]

Lynda’s fight for animal rights

Lynda Stoner can remember the exact moment that led her to become one of Australia’s leading animal rights activists. "It was nearly 40 years ago and I was visiting my parents’ place in South Australia. The TV was showing footage of harp seal pups being battered and skinned alive. I just couldn’t get it out […]

Councillor defends right to ask questions

City of Sydney Councillor Angela Vithoulkas has defended her right to ask questions, after claiming the City’s CEO asked her to withdraw a Question on Notice directed to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Questions on Notice are posed in writing at least a week before Council meetings, to give respondents time to research their answers. […]

Business calls for greater voice at elections

Key business figures and councillors are calling for changes to the electoral roll, to ensure a greater voice for business in local government elections. In a situation unique to the Sydney LGA, businesses are allowed to vote in local government elections under the City of Sydney Act 1988 – however, the roll is wiped at the conclusion of […]

Clover feels the heat over bid to gag media

City of Sydney councillors from across the political spectrum have supported the Alternative Media Group of Australia, publishers of this newspaper, after representatives of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore threatened legal action over a story published in City News on September 5. The story reported the experience of Surry Hills resident Luke Harper, whose 2011 […]

Back to the future?

Madonna or Kylie? "Dannii. Because I like imitations." Lady Gaga or Nicky Minaj? "Nikki Webster, because I’m an old-fashioned girl. And she needs the help." Like many drag queens, Pauline Pantsdown is good with a quip. But unlike most (and in common with the aforementioned ladies) Pantsdown is also a bona fide pop star. In […]

Cycleway objection “irrelevant”, admits Lord Mayor’s office

A spokesperson for Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has admitted staff in her office were in error when they linked a resident’s Development Application (DA) and his alleged opposition to the Bourke St cycleway. Surry Hills resident Luke Harper, owner of an historic four-storey terrace house on Bourke St, alleges his 2011 DA for home […]

Fur flies over Sydney fashion festival

Animal rights activists have targeted the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney over its refusal to ban fur. In a protest last Wednesday, three female members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stripped to their underwear ahead of the festival’s launch at Town Hall, holding a strategically placed banner across their breasts. "Compassion is […]

Macdonald, Obeid fallout hits Town Hall

The City of Sydney Council has been urged to stop using a professional services company that cleared a suspicious mining deal involving former NSW Mining Minister Ian Macdonald and one-time Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid. Councillor Angela Vithoulkas has written to the City’s CEO Monica Barone, requesting that the City no longer use O’Connor Marsden & […]

Dance dreaming pays off

There was a time when 35-year-old Deborah Brown would have scoffed at the thought of winning a Helpmann Award for her dancing. In fact, she would have scoffed at the idea of having a career in dance at all. “My mum got me into ballet and tap classes after school when I was growing up […]