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The Spender a generation in the making

By DANIEL LO SURDO At the 1990 federal election, 10-year Liberal MP John Spender was ousted from his seat of North Sydney to the late Ted Mack, a grassroots politician known as the 'father of all independents'. Thirty-two years later, John's daughter, Allegra Spender, will contest the eastern suburbs seat of Wentworth as an independent, […]

Climate report paints grim picture for Sydney’s coast

A “State of the Climate” report released on Friday paints a grim picture for Sydney’s iconic coastline and harbourside riverways.  The report prepared by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO reveals global sea levels have risen by 25 centimeters since 1880, with half of this rise occurring in the past 50 years. The rate of […]

Seaside sculptures walking away

BY ALEC SMART Sculpture by the Sea, the annual three-week artists’ trail that takes place between late October and early November every year on the seafront walkway between Bondi Beach and Tamarama, is threatening to leave the area after this year’s event. It will end 22 years of incredible artworks set imaginatively into the landscape, […]

Independents’ success offers silver lining

BY MERRILL WITT The newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison credited the “quiet Australians” for the Coalition's surprising election win. But the campaign to dislodge Independent Kerryn Phelps from the formerly safe Liberal seat of Wentworth was anything but quiet. In the final few days leading up to last Saturday’s election, Wentworth voters were bombarded […]

Coalition keeps the house

By ALLISON HORE As the final results roll in for last weekend’s federal election, a clear Lower House win has been delivered to the Coalition, despite all polling in the lead up suggesting it would be a Labor win. Across the country, four Labor seats were turned over to the Liberal party, and only one […]