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Can sortition sort WestConnex?

BY PETER HEHIR If there is one thing that is certain about the WestConnex debacle it’s the fact that in spite of its overwhelming unpopularity it seems there is no possibility of relief. Not on the political front at any rate. The real tragedy for us all is that both major parties wholeheartedly support this […]

The Bondi Local Takes on the Title of Wentworth

  Deputy Mayor of Waverly Council, Dominic Wy Kanak has been selected by The Greens as the candidate for the Wentworth electorate after a by-election was announced for the seat. The Greens officially launched Councillor Wy Kanak’s campaign for the seat of Wentworth in August during the leadership spill which saw former Prime Minister, Malcolm […]

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 […]

A vote for Phelps is a vote for small “l” liberalism

BY MARGO KINGSTON   I celebrated Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension to Australia’s leadership by publishing a photo on Twitter of my mother and I toasting him with champagne. “Small l liberalism” - socially progressive, economically dry, environmentally green - was on the rise again in the Liberal Party. Turnbull held the line as best he could […]

Phelps for Wentworth

BY JOHN MOYLE Few independents have had their entry into federal politics as highly anticipated as that of Dr Kerryn Phelps. For weeks the polling results for the upcoming by-election for Wentworth have carried provisos that the candidate positions would be affected if Dr Phelps decided to run, and now she has. “It wasn’t on […]

Homeless clinic holding out hope on Federal funding

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRIS A medical centre for homeless people in Darlinghurst whose funding was by the Federal Government last year is holding out until after the election before it closes its doors for good. Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek said the Labor Party would reinstate its funding to The Haymarket Clinic if it won office at the July federal […]

Waverley Council signals opposition to changes to Discrimination Act

Waverley Council has confirmed its opposition to the Federal Government’s exposure draft of amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act. The council resolved to write to the Federal Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull to state its concern over the repeal of section 18C, which will see the removal of the words “offend, insult, humiliate and intimidate” […]

Bar Fly: Soiree

The Wentworth Hotel was a famous Sydney hotspot in the 60s, and the first five-star hotel in Sydney. So, it’s not surprising that their ground floor bar has Cocktails of the 60s as part of the list: Blue Hawaii, Mint Julep, Moscow Mule, Rob Roy, Sidecar, Tequila Sunrise, Blood and Sand, and my retro tipple of choice: the Vesper Martini ($18).

Taking Wentworth forward

With only two days until Saturday's Federal Election, leadership is key as three candidates step up to the challenge to take Wentworth forward. Speaking at the 2013 Sir John Monash Oration in July, Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull said political leadership is as much about policy performance as it is about adaptability and management. “Effective leadership today […]

Malcolm: the man behind the politics

He opens the door like he opens conversation: firmly and with a sense of purpose. Arriving promptly at 9am, Federal MP Malcolm Turnbull enters Bondi Icebergs. The bistro is closed but Malcolm pulls the strings and the floor manager welcomes him in. "Make yourself feel at home," says the floor manager. For the Shadow Minister […]