Opinion & Letters to the Editor

GPs Speak Out on “Anti-vaxxers”

By Dr Harry Nespolon, President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Celebrity chef Pete Evans appears to have modified his language when discussing his anti-vaccination stance. Further reading: The Last Iron Lung Reports have emerged concerning an Instagram post[…]



Celebrity Chef Claims Expertise in Epidemiology

RACGP speaks out against Pete Evans’ radio interview. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has spoken out against celebrity chef Pete Evans promoting anti-vaxxer views on a commercial radio station this afternoon. RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon said[…]



Waiting for the Government to Fall on its Sword

By Greg Cameron* For eight years, the NSW government’s terms for developing a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle have been crystal clear: there will not be one. Proposed container terminal at Mayfield in the Port of Newcastle, NSW.[…]



Another Leftie Spacewaste

I notice the usual socialist overtones pervading yet another sorry attempt at a political “blog.” You lefties just never give up. It’s always neoliberal this, neoconservative that, where’s my entitlements. Welfare queens, all of you. The country would be better[…]



Never Waste a Crisis

Authoritarian regimes are using the pandemic as a way to strengthen their grip on power.  A blame-shifting trend is noticeable in not only authoritarian regimes but also countries with more democratic federal systems like the US, Brazil, and Australia. The[…]



Court Decision Questions ‘permanent casual’ Work Model

Federal Court decision in the matter of WorkPac v Rossato questions the ‘permanent casual’ work model commonplace in mining and other parts of the economy. A casual job should be genuinely irregular and intermittent and not just a permanent job[…]



Councils Wary of Planning Minister Intervention

NSW councils will work with the State Government to help fast-track community infrastructure projects, but will seek new powers to provide balance before allowing Ministers to interfere by choosing which projects proceed. Local Government NSW (LGNSW) President Linda Scott said[…]



World Vaccination Cost Perspective

Vaccinating the poorest half of humanity – 3.7 billion people – against the COVID-19 coronavirus could cost less than the ten biggest pharmaceutical companies make in four months. Ahead of the World Health Assembly next week, Oxfam is urging governments[…]



Councils Welcome Overturn of Attempted Power Grab

Attempts to make it easier for NSW Government Ministers to intervene in council operations were rejected in State Parliament overnight (13 May) with the protection of local democracy welcomed by NSW councils. LGNSW President Linda Scott said the Government used[…]



Surveillance Proponents Never Waste a Crisis

The Law Council of Australia is very concerned with some aspects of the proposed amendments to the Australian Security and Intelligence Act 1975 (Cth) (ASIO Act) released  in parliament on Wednesday (13 May 2020). If adopted, the amendments would redesign[…]



Dairy farmers urged to use new mandatory code.

NSW Farmers urges dairy farmers to use the mandatory dairy code of conduct as processors prepare to announce new milk prices. The upcoming season will be the first time processors must disclose the minimum farmgate milk price, after the mandatory[…]



Remembering the War in Europe

Dear Editor It is difficult to imagine the emotions felt 75 years ago on 8 May 1945 when Victory in Europe was declared, and the war against Germany came to an end. In Australia celebrations were undertaken excitedly but with[…]




Running on Fumes
Leaked Defence report highlights Australia's supply chain vulnerability and need for urgent solutions. Kurnell, formerly a ...
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NSW’s False Container Development Policy
Dear Mr. Perrottet, I refer to the NSW government’s policy on container facility development, which came into effect on ...
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High Court Decision Still Leaves Journalists Exposed
High Court Smethurst decision highlights ongoing vulnerability. Ms. Pauline Wright. President, Law Council of Australia ...
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Vanity or Safety?
An open letter to the State Premiers and members of the National Cabinet from the Australian Hairdressing Council. ...
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Hope from heartache – an Easter message from The Salvation Army
Dear Editor, It is true to say our world in recent weeks has changed dramatically. Many will ...
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ACOSS: ‘Huge relief’ at Doubling of Newstart
Cassandra Goldie, CEO Australian Council of Social Service The increase to the Jobseeker Allowance, formerly known ...
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Open letter to governments across Australia
Dear Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers This is a very challenging time for all governments in ...
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Government-fuelled Largess is Obscene
The Sydney Morning Herald reveals a “billion dollar private school building boom” that further exposes the defenceless funding ...
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ACCC Report confirms insurers shouldn’t play doctor
Today’s ACCC report into private health insurers paints a disturbing picture of deceptive behaviour and declining affordability ...
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Up Whose Creek?
A friend residing in Minmi shared a link to your website, Newcastle on Hunter, and, frankly, I’m as puzzled as ...
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TAFE Review Must Restore Funding and Courses
NSW Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said the union would take the opportunity presented by the TAFE review ...
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NSW Government no Authority to Levy PoN Containers
The NSW Parliament gave the NSW government no authority to pay NSW Ports Pty Ltd for any containers that are ...
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TAFE Review Hides Decade of Failure
TAFE review a cover up for a decade of failure on vocational training. The Electrical Trades Union has ...
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Lower Hunter Community Connect Day
Lower Hunter Community Connect Day is an initiative of the youth and community services agencies within the Lower Hunter Region. ...
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Port Container Issue Back in Court
NSW Ports returns to the Federal Court as Mayfield Development Corporation Pty Ltd (Mayfield) continues its action over the Port ...
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  • GPs Speak Out on “Anti-vaxxers” GPs Speak Out on “Anti-vaxxers”By Dr Harry Nespolon, President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Celebrity chef Pete Evans appears to have modified his language when discussing his anti-vaccination stance. Further ...
  • Celebrity Chef Claims Expertise in Epidemiology RACGP speaks out against Pete Evans’ radio interview. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has spoken out against celebrity chef Pete Evans promoting anti-vaxxer ...
  • Waiting for the Government to Fall on its Sword Waiting for the Government to Fall on its SwordBy Greg Cameron* For eight years, the NSW government’s terms for developing a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle have been crystal clear: there will ...
  • Another Leftie Spacewaste I notice the usual socialist overtones pervading yet another sorry attempt at a political “blog.” You lefties just never give up. It’s always neoliberal this, neoconservative ...
  • Never Waste a Crisis Authoritarian regimes are using the pandemic as a way to strengthen their grip on power.  A blame-shifting trend is noticeable in not only authoritarian regimes but ...
  • Court Decision Questions ‘permanent casual’ Work Model Court Decision Questions 'permanent casual' Work ModelFederal Court decision in the matter of WorkPac v Rossato questions the ‘permanent casual’ work model commonplace in mining and other parts of the economy. ...
  • Councils Wary of Planning Minister Intervention NSW councils will work with the State Government to help fast-track community infrastructure projects, but will seek new powers to provide balance before allowing Ministers ...
  • World Vaccination Cost Perspective World Vaccination Cost PerspectiveVaccinating the poorest half of humanity – 3.7 billion people – against the COVID-19 coronavirus could cost less than the ten biggest pharmaceutical companies make ...
  • Councils Welcome Overturn of Attempted Power Grab Attempts to make it easier for NSW Government Ministers to intervene in council operations were rejected in State Parliament overnight (13 May) with the protection ...
  • Surveillance Proponents Never Waste a Crisis Surveillance Proponents Never Waste a CrisisThe Law Council of Australia is very concerned with some aspects of the proposed amendments to the Australian Security and Intelligence Act 1975 (Cth) (ASIO ...
  • Dairy farmers urged to use new mandatory code. Dairy farmers urged to use new mandatory code.NSW Farmers urges dairy farmers to use the mandatory dairy code of conduct as processors prepare to announce new milk prices. The upcoming season will ...
  • Remembering the War in Europe Remembering the War in Europe Dear Editor It is difficult to imagine the emotions felt 75 years ago on 8 May 1945 when Victory in Europe was declared, and the war ...
  • Many Questions Plague the COVIDsafe App Many Questions Plague the COVIDsafe AppBy Roger Clarke1. … the government is doing very little to allay the impression that the scheme is adaptable and extensible. Meanwhile, Dutton and his ...
  • Running on Fumes Running on FumesLeaked Defence report highlights Australia’s supply chain vulnerability and need for urgent solutions. Kurnell, formerly a crude oil refinery, now receives only fully-imported ...
  • NSW’s False Container Development Policy Dear Mr. Perrottet, I refer to the NSW government’s policy on container facility development, which came into effect on July 27 2012. The policy is: Once Port ...
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