Inner Sydney Voice magazine

15 June 2021 | Posted In: Publications

The winter 2021 issue of Inner Sydney Voice magazine is out now. If you would like to be sent a hard copy, email your details to It’s also available in flipbook and PDF formats.


Moore the unstoppable

Ahead of the City election in September, Ben Raue of The Tally Room reflects on the rise of Sydney’s longest-serving lord mayor and wonders what the future will hold.

Resurrecting the Cross

Kings Cross is undergoing a metamorphosis, but yet to land in a place that rests easy with its history or provide a pathway forward for its future. A new report sets out a vision to revitalise the precinct.

Time at the bar

With the Green Park sold and the Hollywood on the market, Christopher Kelly laments the closure of two of Sydney’s iconic hotels.

A national shame

Since the publication 30 years ago of the royal commission’s report into Aboriginal deaths in custody, little action has been taken. Christopher Kelly reports. *Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned the following article contains the names of deceased people.

A failure to keep us safe

Until it is properly acknowledged that centuries of ill-treatment of Aboriginal people is linked to our imprisonment and deaths in custody, our circumstances will not improve, writes Meena Singh.

Locked into poverty

Australia’s social security net is failing to keep vulnerable families out of poverty, with researchers warning the child poverty rates for single-parent families is set to soar now that the coronavirus supplements have ended. Luke Michael reports.

Designing for flood-prone cities

As the March floods highlighted, we can’t continue to build cities and towns based on business-as-usual planning principles — especially as these disasters tend to disproportionately affect disadvantaged populations. Elizabeth Mossop explains what’s possible when the political will is there.

Housing strategy falls short

As Hal Pawson and Vivienne Milligan discuss, the NSW government’s new 20-year housing strategy gives a broad nod to issues at play while offering few actionable solutions.

Little choice, no control

A planned overhaul of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been soundly rejected by the disability sector. Christopher Kelly reports.

Testing times

A spate of deaths across Australia has renewed calls for a move away from the current punitive approach to drug taking towards policies of harm-minimisation. Jake Kendall reports.

Brought to justice?

The NSW police officer who was filmed slamming an Aboriginal teenager face-first to the ground in Surry Hills in June 2020 has been charged with two counts of assault. Alec Smart reports.

The beginnings of a movement

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Legal Service. Here’s how it all began.

Kill the bill

On 17 April, trans protesters and their allies took to Taylor Square to oppose an anti-trans education bill. At the rally, queer non-binary primary school educator Sam Guerra delivered an impassioned speech.

Women are fed up

Federal MP for Sydney, Tanya Plibersek, says violence against women in Australia is a ‘national crisis’.

The alpha city

Modern, urban economies produce a distinctive kind of city life — one where wealth appears to be high in general. However, as Rowland Atkinson discusses, the reality is that many middle-income and poorer residents are negatively affected.

Changing young lives

The story behind the Story Factory.

Community Voices

One-in-eight Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend. But what is it really like to care?