Local news, local stories
A View to Die For Final notice for people who kill trees
by Drew Rooke
Poison allows them to commit their crime – often in the dead of night – quickly and quietly. Usually, the poison is administered via holes drilled into the trunk. Afterwards, it looks as if the tree has been shot.
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb A witness to Nagasaki offers a lesson in survival
by Jackie Dent
It’s been a standing-room only two-hour event at Redfern Community Centre and people are impatiently lurking to speak to the revered 'hibakusha' - the nuclear survivor.
No Longer at Liberty Changing NYC’s statues
by Ian Keldoulis
Are we creating an eternal city of the spotless mind?
Slave to the Rhythm Private job providers and their tactics of humiliation
by Julie Carroll
It is designed this way to deter people from being on welfare, as it's too hard and they drop out, saving the government money. The job agencies are just Centrelink compliance offices.
Saving the Soul of Kings Cross Developers plan to gut the Bourbon and Beefsteak and much of historic Darlinghurst Road
by Sonya Voumard
The terms “village atmosphere” and “boutique lifestyle” are being bandied about to the mirth of residents fearful the development will deliver their opposite.
Blinded by the Type #MeToo, feminist slogans and revolutionary t-shirts
by Helen Razer
“As it turned out, the future wasn’t the feminist one I’d longed for...“
Dreamed a Dream by the Old ATM A Letter from London
by Will Self
Arguably, the healthiest thing about Bill-the-Homeless’s lifestyle in recent years has been its intense sociability. I made friends with him when he was still begging at the ATM.
Little Big Plan As the door to home ownership creaks shut, innovative alternatives are opening up
by Ross Duncan
New rental-only building developments with community emphases shows there is another way possible in urban planning.
X-Files The sad déjà vu of ABC music library death
by Clint Caward
News of the ABC cutting 10 librarian jobs and ‘consolidating’ its music library into one location signposts the end for one of the nation’s great collections.
Straya Day in Dungog Just another day in the valley
by Matthew Thompson
It’s Australia Day, something of which I have zero childhood memories (and fair enough: as a national holiday it only dates back to 1994, meaning Justin Bieber is the same age as this sacred, ancient, unchangeable event).
The Great Sydney Train Delay of 2018
by Kate Prendergast
The pervs of the city had a field day. “Grab on my waist and put that body on me,” wheezed Ed Sheeran through a pair of staticky earphones.
Train Long Suffering Behind Sydney’s increasingly disastrous rail network lies a map of class divides and covert racism from the city’s East to the West
by Stephen Sewell
Anyone who claims the working class doesn’t exist needs to take the 6 a.m. train from Penrith to see the sea of black faces snoozing as they rattle toward their cleaning and construction jobs in what people still call ‘The City’.