Protestors march along George Street. Photo: Sabine Kacha

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Smoke-Free Martin Place

At this Monday’s City of Sydney Council meeting (June 23), council debated a motion put forward by Councillor Christine Forster to implement a six month trial for a smoke-free Martin Place. The motion is being proposed based on the City of Melbourne’s smoke-free trial of Causeway Lane, highlighting the fact that Martin Place is one of Sydney’s equally iconic public spaces and should be free of second hand smoke. In addition to the health benefits of a smoke-free Martin Place, Cr Forster has outlined the environmental benefits of eliminating the significant amounts of cigarette waste that collects in Martin Place each day.

Northern Territory Intervention – Seven Years On

Saturday June 21st marked seven since since John Howard’s announcement of the Northern Territory Intervention, and to mark this a rally organised by the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney took place at Sydney Town Hall to protest Indigenous policy put in place by Australian governments both past and present. The rally involved a march from Sydney Town Hall to the Redfern Tent Embassy and featured speakers David Shoebridge of the NSW Greens, Kyol Blakeny of the National Union of Students, Jenny Munro of the Redfern Tent Embassy and Ray Jackson of the Indigenous Social Justice Association.

Community calls for Metgasco license cancellation at Bentley Blockade breakfast

On Monday the 23rd of June, a breakfast was held by community members at the Bentley Blockade site to call on the NSW government to definitively cancel Metgasco’s exploration license and to put a permanent stop to Metgasco’s drilling at Rosella. The community voiced concerns at the breakfast about the possibility of the NSW government reneging on its suspension of Metgasco’s license, and gathered to urge the government to make the license cancellation permanent.