Opinion & Letters to the Editor

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[…]



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[…]




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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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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