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Proposed drunken violence laws stir up debate

Parliament is set to be recalled early to consider a package of legislative reforms, which could be in place by early 2014. The proposed changes...

What’s the future for our City of Villages?

Forty years after Green Bans saved heritage areas in the inner city, the state government is proposing a complete overhaul of the planning system, where economic growth will drive the planning outcomes for NSW. This is a seismic shift from the current system where environmental protection underpins legislation.

Building blocks for vibrant future

REDFERN: The Pemulwuy project Development Application was approved on December 21.

Club Redfern a premier attraction

REDFERN: The much-anticipated new venue for the Returned Servicemen’s League (RSL) sub-branch has opened at 157 Redfern Street (opposite Redfern Station). The establishment will be known simply as Club Redfern, and occupy the second floor of the Deicota Tower, a 19-storey development which includes office space and retail as well as 84 apartments with five levels of underground parking.

Sitting Member’s last stand

The following is an extract of Clover Moore’s final speech as Member for Sydney. The speech to the Legislative Assembly was given on Wednesday September 19 before a packed public gallery. Ms Moore was obliged to decide between keeping the Lord Mayoralty after her re-election in early September, or staying in state parliament, after Premier Barry O’Farrell pushed laws through parliament banning sitting MPs from also working in local government.

Nothing new in politics of consumption

October is Buy Nothing New Month, a month-long challenge to buy nothing new with the exception of essentials like food, hygiene and medicine. The campaign started in Melbourne in 2010 and is spreading throughout Australia and to the Netherlands and the USA. It is supported by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Sacred Heart Mission, the Ian Potter Foundation and Maddocks legal firm.