Opinion & Letters to the Editor

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 question what the future holds, and we are adjusting each day to living in a new way. While we wrestle with questions and[…]



ACOSS: ‘Huge relief’ at Doubling of Newstart

Cassandra Goldie, CEO Australian Council of Social Service The increase to the Jobseeker Allowance, formerly known as Newstart, and the Youth Allowance Job Seeker payment, through the introduction of a temporary coronavirus payment of $275 per week, announced by the[…]



Open letter to governments across Australia

Dear Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers This is a very challenging time for all governments in Australia and around the world dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and economic costs are quite staggering. We all understand governments are[…]



Government-fuelled Largess is Obscene

The Sydney Morning Herald reveals a “billion dollar private school building boom” that further exposes the defenceless funding priorities of state and federal governments. Some of Sydney’s wealthiest private schools have more than $1 billion worth of building projects in[…]



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 and value driving the industry’s current ‘death spiral’. It also casts a shadow over today’s calls by the nation’s largest health insurers to[…]



Up Whose Creek?

A friend residing in Minmi shared a link to your website, Newcastle on Hunter, and, frankly, I’m as puzzled as she was. You seem to be a chaotic mix of high school humour and incredibly boring news. In particular, that[…]



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 to highlight the failed privatisation policies of successive state and federal governments. TAFE budgets have been slashed resulting in the loss of[…]



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 shipped through the Port of Newcastle. Parliament authorised Port Botany and Port Kembla to be leased by passing the “Ports[…]



TAFE Review Hides Decade of Failure

TAFE review a cover up for a decade of failure on vocational training. The Electrical Trades Union has slammed Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s proposal to introduce HECS-style loans to the TAFE sector, saying it would lump apprentices with huge debts and[…]



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. The event aims to connect people within the Lower Hunter to services and supports in a friendly setting. The event[…]



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 of Newcastle container penalty. Mayfield is owned 61 per cent by A.P.Moller-Maersk A/S and 39 per cent by Anglo Ports[…]



On Disowning Our Own When Convenient

High Court ruling in landmark case to test if Aboriginal Australians are ‘aliens’ under Constitution. The case of Love & Thoms vs Commonwealth of Australia The High Court of Australia will on Tuesday 11 February hand down its ruling in[…]




Newcastle Permanent customers urged to direct branch closure anger at management
Customers of the Newcastle Permanent Building Society upset by the announcement of the closure of four local branches are being ...
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Drought Plea by Singleton Mayor
Drought Communities Programme Extension announcement – 28 January 2020 Singleton Council acknowledges that other LGAs, including Muswellbrook and the ...
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Super Opt-out Slammed
Opt-out super is a tax grab on NSW workers. A radical plan to tear down compulsory super would lump ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Nothing Stopping Newcastle Container Terminal
A container terminal can be developed immediately at the Port of Newcastle. This government announcement misled ...
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Singleton Overlooked on Drought ~ Mayor
People in our local government area are suffering in this drought, just as people are suffering across Australia. ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Where Greg Cameron Answers for the NSW Treasurer!
721 – PORT OF NEWCASTLE CONTAINER THRESHOLD LEVEL – October 24 2019, Tim Crakanthorp to the NSW Treasurer ...
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All Ears on the NSW Treasurer Today
The Treasurer will answer this question on notice from Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp, on Tuesday: ...
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Register Engineers in NSW
Statement from Engineers Australia, following the public release of the draft Design and Building Practitioners Bill. Opal Tower ...
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Botany 2040 ~ 6 Million Container Trucks?
The (NSW) government says that rail access to a container terminal is not a key consideration for regional ...
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Quality Journalism
I tripped over your quaint little rag whilst searching for obscenities to throw at my local councillor. While admitting ...
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