Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron sat G-Row centre last night for The Onion Live – Real Fake News. Pre-show Herron stood and spun this way and that, welcoming well-connected guests, while on screen joint sponsors Airbnb’s glossy promo for marriage equality played. Meanwhile, the international press is saturated with articles about Gay Couples discriminated against on Airbnb.
Today’s SMH tells of a City of Sydney survey – who/when/where/who paid - claiming “inner-city residents largely in favour of short-term letting like Airbnb”. The findings are a “relief” for those like premium wealth management banker Alice Hidajat who rents her Potts Point studio through Airbnb to help fund her holidays and time off. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore says Council will be “backing this independent research with work to guage the community’s preferences when it comes to short-term letting platforms like Airbnb and Stayz”. More Sydney residents say that Council has slapped them with a ‘silence’ gag, plus we are still waiting for documents from Council after a GIPA request.
Linkedin Airbnb Sydney shows many connections with those in power now seemingly very eager to help Airbnb. Should you hold Title Deeds on NSW Residential properties be under no illusion – when it comes to short-term tourist/visitor rentals the message appears to be:
“GO SUCK A LEMON!”
Homes not Hotels Communities not Transit Zones People before Profits
Neighbours not Strangers