Opinion & Letters to the Editor

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[…]



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 legislation introduced by Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock today. ~ Ed. ] Harmonising rates across[…]



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 the future.  The No to OPD’s campaign supports regulations that No child under the age of 16 years should be[…]



Salvos Red Shield Appeal May 25

Dear Editor, Australia is a great country. For some, it is a land of enormous opportunity and wealth. Yet an increasing number of people, including families, are being forced to make agonising financial decisions every day. Decisions like whether to[…]



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 at the Port of Newcastle until this was revealed by “The Newcastle Herald” in July 2016 – has no bearing on whether[…]



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 administration of justice and were deemed essential conditions for maintaining the rule of law. However, in reality, these principles are often undermined[…]



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 filed by AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION & CONSUMER COMMISSION(A) on 10-DEC-2018’. The file number (above) is a link to the Commonwealth Courts[…]



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 in my family. I thought the problem was me. It was my good fortune to attend my first Al-Anon meeting[…]




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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Fining companies based on annual turnover sets dangerous precedent
[Context: The federal government's "knee jerk" legislation to punish social media companies that fail to remove violent videos ~ Ed] ...
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NSW Ports off the Hook?
NSW Ports is no longer required to file a defence against ...
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Defenders Hope for Environment Funding Reinstatement
The Environmental Defenders Offices of Australia welcomes the ALP’s pledge to restore funding to Australia’s network of environmental community legal ...
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