Town Hall

Overwhelming opposition to fee deregulation at historic University of Sydney town hall meeting

Alexandra Back Staff and students at the University of Sydney have united in overwhelming opposition to fee deregulation at a historic meeting that was threatened with being shut down within minutes of starting.

Neville Wran's state funeral: Friends, family and faithful say farewell at the Town Hall

Keating

Damien Murphy Rarely generous in recognising the contribution of others to his greatness, Paul Keating gave him large credit for Labor's 1983 federal election victory.

Sign errors at Sydney Town Hall train station

platform

Jacob Saulwick They are there to point lost passengers in the right direction. But it doesn't help when the signs themselves have the information wrong.

Town Hall open again after $40m upgrade

THE removal of 6750 square metres of rock and soil from beneath Sydney's historic Town Hall to make new storage space was part of a $40 million upgrade culminating in the civic centre's reopening...

Malls fight back against shopping centre giants with innovative upgrades

Council embracing new ideas on design: Landscape architect, David Vago, in Cronulla Mall.

Michael Koziol Across Sydney, local councils are splashing cash and trying new ideas to rescue the outdoor mall.

Kings Cross late-night bus service a flop

Revealed numbers: State Transit chief executive Peter Rowley.

Jacob Saulwick The government’s transport response to alcohol-fuelled violence in Sydney’s Kings Cross is proving a flop, with barely a handful of passengers choosing to use new late-night bus services.

Students protest education changes, burn Pyne effigy

Chloe Rafferty, NSW education officer for the National Union of Students, lights an effigy of Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

Michael Koziol About 600 students took to Sydney’s streets Wednesday afternoon to protest the Abbott government’s proposed changes to higher education as part of a national day of action.

Soprano Yvonne Kenny sings with the Sydney Male Choir

Soprano Yvonne Kenny and the Sydney Male Choir.

Damien Murphy Beauty and the beasts was one veteran tenor’s self-deprecating reaction when the soprano Yvonne Kenny agreed to sing with him and 50 other gentlemen of a certain age.

Plenty of be-bop-a-lula as Fifties Fair comes to town

Rockabilly girls: Melina Mel Kesic (left) and Dame Claire Bowdler getting ready for the fifties fair at the Leopard Lounge hair salon, Newtown.

Daisy Dumas Devotees to the victory rolls, red lips and winged eyeliner of the post-war decade will gather at Rose Seidler House on Sunday.

Pro-Palestinian protest through Sydney condemns the ongoing violence in Gaza

Pro-Palestine protest

Leesha McKenny Coffins adorned with graphic images of children injured in Gaza led a pro-Palestinian protest that shut down the centre of Sydney on Saturday.

Opal card commuters overcharged and readers fail as software problems plague the $1.2b ticketing system

Display monitors for Sydney Trains staff showing which gates are working well and which are not. If the gates are coloured yellow they are malfunctioning.

Jacob Saulwick, Ben Grubb A lingering software problem appears to be plaguing the $1.2 billion Opal ticketing system, slowing down the passage of commuters through crowded stations at busy periods and over-charging some.

City of Sydney is set to unveil plans for a major artwork for central George Street

artist's representation of city sculpture.

James Robertson The City of Sydney council is poised to unveil a major public artwork for George Street in the coming weeks.

'Hazardous substance' closes Central Station tunnel, platform

Central Station

Michael Koziol Access to Central Station via the Devonshire Street tunnel is blocked off while a special fire unit investigates potentially hazardous chemicals.

Labor conference votes to give rank and file right to elect NSW party leader

Kirsty Needham State Political Editor Kirsty Needham

Shorten push for ALP reform

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addresses the ANU Crawford Australia Leadership Forum, in Canberra on Tuesday 1 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Kirsty Needham NSW Labor will allow party members to participate in the direct election of its next State leader, following the lead of federal Labor.

Bomb shelter sign points to Sydney's anxious past

A war time photo of the shelter at St James station.

Nicole Hasham It was painted at an anxious time when the threat of Japanese bombing raids hung in the air and train commuters had more to worry about than minding the gap.

Same-sex marriage gets state Labor support

Keynote speaker: Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten addresses the NSW Labor Party annual conference.

Sean Nicholls and Nicole Hasham The NSW Labor Party has voted to support same-sex marriage but rejected a proposal that federal Labor MPs should be required to bind on a vote in favour of any legislation that comes before the...

NSW Labor votes for federal form of ICAC

Called for a federal body: Former ICAC commissioner David Ipp.

Sean Nicholls The NSW Labor conference has given in-principle support for a federal equivalent of the Independent Commission Against Corruption and to refer the issue to the party's federal division.

George Street secret might not be a big surprise after all

A previous cloud-like piece called House of Peace,  by Junya Ishigami and Svendborg Architects.

James Robertson An eagle-eyed smh.com.au reader appears to have spoilt the secrecy surrounding the final design for the 60-metre George Street monument.

George Street sculpture revealed in $9m public art spending spree

Sculpture

James Robertson A white steel cloud arch standing more than 50 metres high was among three pieces of public art unveiled for the city centre today.

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