Treasury ‘Unconcerned’ by ACCC Ports Case


At Budget Estimates yesterday (29 August 2019) NSW Treasury officials confirmed Treasury had never modelled the economic impacts of a Newcastle container terminal. ...

Councils to State: Stop Eroding Local Planning


Local Governments call for Halt to State's Erosion of Local Planning Powers . The extension of mandatory local planning panels to the Central Coast ...

Cessnock City Council opposes cost shifting by NSW Government


Cessnock City Council has criticised the NSW Government, following a report by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) into local government election costs. ...

Councils welcome Local Government Minister’s ‘sensible solutions’ Tuesday 4 June 2019


[ Amalgamated councils will be allowed more time to undertake the complicated process of harmonising rates across old boundaries in a fair way, thanks to ...

Commercialism Eroding Nature Reserves


Authorities removing legal protection from nature reserves erodes crucial conservation areas. An international study has revealed extensive removal of legal protection for ...

IPART Rules on 3 Hunter Councils


Special rate variations determined for three Hunter Valley councils. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has rejected Port Stephens Council’s application ...

NSW Government Stings Councils


Communities lose as state government hikes emergency levy to cover workers compensation shortfall. Communities across NSW are facing a reduction of council services, ...

Costs and Pricing of NSW Cemeteries Under Review


Significant reforms in the NSW cemetery sector -  including the amalgamation of Crown cemetery trusts ...

Opal Fares Under Review


The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) wants community input into how public transport fares should be set until 2024. IPART is ...

IPART Evaluates Hunter Valley Coal Network


IPART seeks feedback on draft rate of return and remaining mine life for RailCorp’s Hunter Valley Coal Network. IPART is seeking ...

Form a Consumption Circle


New efforts to reduce and re-use waste to boost a ‘circular’ economy. The size and complexity of the waste challenge facing society ...

Local government election costs under review


IPART is reviewing of the cost of local government election services. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is reviewing the cost ...

Tech training to support growing F-35 fleet


With the arrival of an additional two F-35 aircraft at Williamtown RAAF Base at the weekend, ...

New Fact Checker for Federal Election


Political parties of all persuasions will be subject to a higher degree of scrutiny during the looming federal election campaign, with Australian Associated ...

Dangerously-flawed Livestream Law Passed


Media freedom and whistleblowing of atrocities here and overseas have been put at risk by the ill-informed livestream laws passed by the Federal Parliament. ...

No Govt Voice for Hunter


NSW’s second biggest city deserves to be heard. The Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils (Hunter JO) is calling ...

ANMF: Budget Missed Opportunity for Aged Care Staff


The country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), said last night’s self-professed ‘back in black’ Budget, is a missed opportunity by the ...

Oxfam: Budget Fails First Peoples


Budget a hollow commitment to Australia's First Peoples. This Budget fails to address the great needs of Australia’s First Peoples in the critical areas ...

IPART: Future VG valuation service prices


Feedback sought on future prices for the NSW Valuer General’s valuation services. The Independent ...

Brotherhood of St Laurence: Budget Needs to Reclaim Fair-go Society


A Budget is more than a fiscal document or set of policy priories. It is, as acknowledged by Treasurer Frydenberg, a test of values. As ...

AHHA: Budget Cash Splash Beats Long-term Reform


Commonwealth investment in healthcare is welcome—but a cash splash without long-term vision ensures that entrenched problems stay entrenched. Tonight’s Budget once again rewards service ...

Law Council of Australia: Budget Abysmal Legal Assistance Funding


$20m funding increase, single national legal assistance mechanism do little to address huge 'justice deficit' The Law Council of Australia has slammed the Federal ...

St Vincent de Paul Society: Budget fails those with entrenched poverty


The 2019 Federal Budget delivers a surplus. But, what does a surplus mean to the everyday life of the growing number of families ...

National Rural Health Alliance: Budget Benefits Few Outside Metro


The peak national body for rural health has welcomed $62m to train doctors in rural generalist practice, but says tonight’s budget has largely failed to ...

Salvos: Missed Opportunity for Disadvantaged


The Salvation Army considers the 2019 Federal Budget to be a missed opportunity to address the most pressing drivers of disadvantage in Australia. The ...

Doctors Reform Society: In Federal Budget Health Almost Forgotten


The Federal budget seemed to forget that as doctors we see daily the challenges to access adequate timely high quality health care for many of ...

Recycled Water Price Review


Draft decisions on recycled water prices for public water utilities The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking feedback on its ...

NSW Ports off the Hook?


NSW Ports is no longer required to file a defence against the ACCC’s claim of acting ...

ATO Reveals Top Earners


Map further below show Hunter region income mapped for year 2014-15. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO)  annual Taxation Statistics report for 2016–17 ...

City to Fund Park and Ride


Newcastle Council will pay for Park and Ride after state government dumps commuters. City of ...


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