Opinion & Letters to the Editor

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. Lack of evidence did not prevent the Treasurer in 2014, The Hon Andrew Constance MP, from informing[…]



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 egg farming families and their employees. NSW Farmers Egg Committee Chair Brett Langfield said activist groups continue to run the line that[…]



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 not planned for the energy system of the future.  AGL today announced that its old clunker in the NSW Hunter Valley won’t[…]



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 serious concerns regarding current laws that allow terror suspects to be stripped of Australian citizenship ahead of today’s Parliamentary Joint Committee[…]



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 system, not a proliferation of ‘welfare cheats. The biggest group of people on Newstart are older people in their 50s, in their[…]



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 recommends adding further complexity to the Australian copyright takedown system. The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) is concerned that the ACCC[…]



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 an unemployment payment well below the poverty line is adequate to meet the essentials of daily living is difficult to comprehend[…]



Love the Game, Not the Odds

Letter to the editor Take a stand for your kids – love the game, not the odds I love my footy. For me, a Richmond match – or a Brunswick Dragons or Northcote Cougars game – is  a joy to[…]



Veteran Mental Health Support

Dear Editor Later this month, National PTSD Awareness Day will encourage us all to recognise the effects post-traumatic stress can have on some Australians. Post-traumatic stress was once a condition that was commonly attributed to returning military veterans but we[…]



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 Financial Review to the Deputy Chair of ASIC regarding client legal privilege and the conduct of litigation are extremely concerning, particularly[…]



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 have struck the right balance between security and freedom of speech. Although the offences specified as being the subject of[…]



Knock ‘er down… no, wait

The future of Parramatta’s historic Roxy Theatre will be decided at an appeal hearing in the Land & Environment Court June 12 to 14, 2019. The iconic Roxy Theatre in Parramatta, built in 1930, finds itself centre-stage in what will[…]




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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Tenants lacks impartial access to Justice in NCAT
Rich vs Poor Impartiality and independence of the judiciary were once recognised as the fundamental principles underpinning the ...
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Questions for the NSW Government
A Court date has been set for 22-05-2019 for file number NSD2289/2018 in relation to the application 'COMPETITION LAW ACTION ...
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Irrational behaviour isn’t isolated to the alcoholic.
When I attended my first Al-Anon meeting, my denial was so thick I did not recognize there was any alcoholism ...
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Loss of Maritime Skills & National Security
The discovery of the wreck of the BHP owned and operated SS Iron Crown, 77 years after it was sunk ...
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Pill Pushers Impugned
Open Letter to Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. I am writing to object to the egregious assertions ...
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The Salvation Army Easter Message
Dear Editor, During the next few days, The Salvation Army takes the time to commemorate and celebrate who Jesus ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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