Opinion & Letters to the Editor

Super Opt-out Slammed

Opt-out super is a tax grab on NSW workers. A radical plan to tear down compulsory super would lump New South Wales workers with an extra $1.3 billion tax bill a year, new analysis reveals. This dangerous proposal could not[…]



Let’s Just Privatise Health Care

We note with deep concern that the Federal Government has announced it is starting the privatisation process of the Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACAT). This taxpayer funded and government run scheme which assesses what help our older Australians need, whether[…]



Salvos ~ A Letter to Us All

Dear Editor, The challenge of financial hardship and social isolation at Christmas is more complex and challenging this year as The Salvation Army responds to the poverty in our cities and the devastating impact of a rolling bushfire crisis and[…]



Ocean Baths Engagement Brought Forward

City of Newcastle has “brought forward” planned engagement on the Newcastle and Merewether ocean baths’ pavilions, citing “community interest in the sites’ futures.” Newcastle Ocean Baths awaiting renovation in 2019. When Newcastle City Council (“City of Newcastle”) sought expressions of[…]



Nothing Stopping Newcastle Container Terminal

A container terminal can be developed immediately at the Port of Newcastle. This government announcement misled the public, parliament and ACCC. In July 2012, the NSW government announced that once Port Botany reaches capacity, Port Kembla will be developed as[…]



Singleton Overlooked on Drought ~ Mayor

People in our local government area are suffering in this drought, just as people are suffering across Australia. Yet Singleton continues to be overlooked while other areas – including our neighbours in Muswellbrook, and rightly so – are recognised and[…]



Public Patients Suffer as Gov/PHI Squabble

Today’s report of the squabble between State Governments and private health insurance companies over charges for privately insured patients who use public hospital beds leaves public patients at risk. While they fight about money, privately insured patients take up bed[…]



Partial return of council planning control welcomed

The local government sector has welcomed reports that partial planning controls will be returned to councils in specific growth areas, including limited inner-city locations and a range of suburbs on Sydney’s outskirts. The move is designed to “clear the decks”[…]



Where Greg Cameron Answers for the NSW Treasurer!

721 – PORT OF NEWCASTLE CONTAINER THRESHOLD LEVEL – October 24 2019, Tim Crakanthorp to the NSW Treasurer 1. What is the Government’s source of funds for paying NSW Ports for container volumes exceeding a threshold level at the Port[…]



All Ears on the NSW Treasurer Today

The Treasurer will answer this question on notice from Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp, on Tuesday: When the Government signed lease agreements for Port Botany and Port Kembla on 30 May 2013, what was the Government’s source of funds to[…]



Register Engineers in NSW

Statement from Engineers Australia, following the public release of the draft Design and Building Practitioners Bill. Opal Tower at Sydney’s Olympic Park suburb evacuated due to "structural inconsistencies" Engineers Australia has and continues to support the first recommendations in both[…]



Botany 2040 ~ 6 Million Container Trucks?

The (NSW) government says that rail access to a container terminal is not a key consideration for regional economic growth. The government thinks it is not appropriate to rail all freight currently entering Sydney by road, and to rail all[…]




Egg Farmers Reject Battery Cage Claims
Egg Farmers of Australia and NSW Farmers have called out ill-informed activists who are again seeking to target ...
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Worn out Liddell Power station not up for future challenges
AGL has delayed the closure of its Liddell coal power station - a clear sign that Australia has ...
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New Unnecessary Laws Erode Democracy’s Cornerstones
Citizenship stripping should rely on conviction by court and might be unconstitutional. The Law Council of Australia has expressed ...
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Furore over Welfare Figures Misses the Point
High levels of unemployed welfare recipients losing access to their payments is indicative of a complex and inadequate ...
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ACCC Complicates Copyright Takedown in Australia
The final report of the ACCC Digital Platform Inquiry released today ignores the advice of numerous government reviews and instead ...
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Carers Australia call to Raise Newstart
Carers Australia is joining the call for the Federal Government to ‘Raise the Rate’ of Newstart. The notion that ...
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Love the Game, Not the Odds
Letter to the editor Take a stand for your kids – love the game, not the odds I ...
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Veteran Mental Health Support
Dear Editor Later this month, National PTSD Awareness Day will encourage us all to recognise the effects post-traumatic stress ...
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There is a Presumption of Innocence
Law Council questions the appropriateness of comments by the Deputy Chair of ASIC. The statements attributed in Wednesday’s Australian ...
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Security Overreach Threatens Rights and Freedoms
Recent Australian Federal Police raids on journalists and media institutions have called into question whether the laws of this nation ...
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Knock ‘er down… no, wait
The future of Parramatta’s historic Roxy Theatre will be decided at an appeal hearing in the Land & ...
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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 ...
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Myley’s Law Should be Implemented
The call for Myley’s law should be fully supported by Federal and State legislators to help prevent such tragedies in ...
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Salvos Red Shield Appeal May 25
Dear Editor, Australia is a great country. For some, it is a land of enormous opportunity and ...
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NSW Ports Unaware of Port of Newcastle Container ‘cap and fee’
The statement by NSW Ports - that it was unaware of the “cap and fee” on container traffic ...
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