Opinion & Letters to the Editor

Landcare is for all Australians

By Dr Shane Norrish CEO of Landcare Australia This week marks Landcare Week, a special annual celebration honouring the inspiring passion of thousands of Landcare volunteers and groups working on conservation and sustainable land management activities in their local area.[…]



Thanks from the Smith Family

To the Editor,  I am writing to express my appreciation to everyone who supported The Smith Family’s 2020 Winter Appeal. At a time when Australians have been challenged like never before, we have been humbled and inspired by tremendous generosity.[…]



JobMaker Just Slogan as TAFE Starves

Government Must Invest in Under-Funded, Outdated TAFE for Skills-Led COVID-19 Recovery By Geoff Crittenden Chief Executive Officer of Weld Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s newly announced JobMaker program hinges on a skills-led COVID-19 economic recovery. And yet, Australia’s largest, oldest[…]



Secrecy Overreach Disturbing ~ Law Council

Pauline Wright, President, Law Council of Australia. The Law Council of Australia is disappointed that the ban on disclosing information in R v Collaery, on the grounds of national security, is to be maintained. This comes following closed court proceedings,[…]



The Coal Curse

Resources, climate and Australia’s future. Judith Brett explores the consequences of Australia’s coal addiction, from stalled climate-change policy to tensions between farmers and miners. Australia is a wealthy nation with the economic profile of a developing country – heavy on[…]



Final Salvo for the Year

Letter to the Editor. Dear Editor, What a huge six months we’ve had. As we continued to battle the worst drought in the past 100 years, suddenly the most devastating bushfires our country had ever seen hit. Then came a[…]



Press Pause on Firing up CSG

James Jackson ~ NSW Farmers President . NSW Farmers urges the NSW government to press pause on any proposal to re-commence coal seam gas mining. Security of groundwater and other water sources is of paramount importance to farmers, communities and[…]



Mandatory Minimum Sentences Misconceived, Abhorrent ~ Law Council

The Law Council urges against mandatory minimum sentences. The Law Council calls on the Federal Government to reconsider their push for mandatory minimum sentences. Passing the misconceived mandatory sentencing provisions in the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and[…]



Charities to Pollies: Thanks, but Needy First, Please

Dear Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers, We write to thank you for your support of charities and not-for-profit organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The measures you have put in place have ensured thousands of charities across Australia have remained[…]



GPs Speak Out on “Anti-vaxxers”

By Dr Harry Nespolon, President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Celebrity chef Pete Evans appears to have modified his language when discussing his anti-vaccination stance. Further reading: The Last Iron Lung Reports have emerged concerning an Instagram post[…]



Celebrity Chef Claims Expertise in Epidemiology

RACGP speaks out against Pete Evans’ radio interview. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has spoken out against celebrity chef Pete Evans promoting anti-vaxxer views on a commercial radio station this afternoon. RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon said[…]



Waiting for the Government to Fall on its Sword

By Greg Cameron* For eight years, the NSW government’s terms for developing a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle have been crystal clear: there will not be one. Proposed container terminal at Mayfield in the Port of Newcastle, NSW.[…]




Never Waste a Crisis
Authoritarian regimes are using the pandemic as a way to strengthen their grip on power.  A ...
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Court Decision Questions ‘permanent casual’ Work Model
Federal Court decision in the matter of WorkPac v Rossato questions the ‘permanent casual’ work model commonplace in mining and ...
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Councils Wary of Planning Minister Intervention
NSW councils will work with the State Government to help fast-track community infrastructure projects, but will seek new powers to ...
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World Vaccination Cost Perspective
Vaccinating the poorest half of humanity – 3.7 billion people – against the COVID-19 coronavirus could cost less than the ...
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Councils Welcome Overturn of Attempted Power Grab
Attempts to make it easier for NSW Government Ministers to intervene in council operations were rejected in State Parliament overnight ...
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Surveillance Proponents Never Waste a Crisis
The Law Council of Australia is very concerned with some aspects of the proposed amendments to the Australian Security and ...
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Dairy farmers urged to use new mandatory code.
NSW Farmers urges dairy farmers to use the mandatory dairy code of conduct as processors prepare to announce new milk ...
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Remembering the War in Europe
Dear Editor It is difficult to imagine the emotions felt 75 years ago on 8 May 1945 ...
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Many Questions Plague the COVIDsafe App
By Roger Clarke1. … the government is doing very little to allay the impression that ...
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Running on Fumes
Leaked Defence report highlights Australia's supply chain vulnerability and need for urgent solutions. Kurnell, formerly a ...
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NSW’s False Container Development Policy
Dear Mr. Perrottet, I refer to the NSW government’s policy on container facility development, which came into effect on ...
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High Court Decision Still Leaves Journalists Exposed
High Court Smethurst decision highlights ongoing vulnerability. Ms. Pauline Wright. President, Law Council of Australia ...
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Vanity or Safety?
An open letter to the State Premiers and members of the National Cabinet from the Australian Hairdressing Council. ...
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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 ...
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ACOSS: ‘Huge relief’ at Doubling of Newstart
Cassandra Goldie, CEO Australian Council of Social Service The increase to the Jobseeker Allowance, formerly known ...
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From the Archives
  • Landcare is for all Australians
    By Dr Shane Norrish CEO of Landcare Australia This week marks Landcare Week, a special annual celebration honouring the inspiring passion of thousands ...
  • Thanks from the Smith Family
    To the Editor,  I am writing to express my appreciation to everyone who supported The Smith Family’s 2020 Winter Appeal. At a time when Australians have ...
  • JobMaker Just Slogan as TAFE Starves
    Government Must Invest in Under-Funded, Outdated TAFE for Skills-Led COVID-19 Recovery By Geoff Crittenden Chief Executive Officer of Weld Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s newly announced JobMaker program ...
  • Secrecy Overreach Disturbing ~ Law Council
    Pauline Wright, President, Law Council of Australia. The Law Council of Australia is disappointed that the ban on disclosing information in ...
  • The Coal Curse
    Resources, climate and Australia’s future. Judith Brett explores the consequences of Australia’s coal addiction, from stalled climate-change policy to tensions between farmers and miners. Australia ...
  • Final Salvo for the Year
    Letter to the Editor. Dear Editor, What a huge six months we’ve had. As we continued to battle the worst drought in the past 100 years, ...
  • Press Pause on Firing up CSG
    James Jackson ~ NSW Farmers President . NSW Farmers urges the NSW government to press pause on any proposal to re-commence coal seam gas mining. ...
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentences Misconceived, Abhorrent ~ Law Council
    The Law Council urges against mandatory minimum sentences. The Law Council calls on the Federal Government to reconsider their push for mandatory minimum sentences. Passing the misconceived ...
  • Charities to Pollies: Thanks, but Needy First, Please
    Dear Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers, We write to thank you for your support of charities and not-for-profit organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The measures ...
  • GPs Speak Out on “Anti-vaxxers”
    By Dr Harry Nespolon, President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Celebrity chef Pete Evans appears to have modified his language when discussing his anti-vaccination stance. Further ...
  • Celebrity Chef Claims Expertise in Epidemiology
    RACGP speaks out against Pete Evans’ radio interview. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has spoken out against celebrity chef Pete Evans promoting anti-vaxxer ...
  • Waiting for the Government to Fall on its Sword
    By Greg Cameron* For eight years, the NSW government’s terms for developing a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle have been crystal clear: there will ...
  • Another Leftie Spacewaste
    I notice the usual socialist overtones pervading yet another sorry attempt at a political “blog.” You lefties just never give up. It’s always neoliberal this, neoconservative ...
  • Never Waste a Crisis
    Authoritarian regimes are using the pandemic as a way to strengthen their grip on power.  A blame-shifting trend is noticeable in not only authoritarian regimes but ...
  • Court Decision Questions ‘permanent casual’ Work Model
    Federal Court decision in the matter of WorkPac v Rossato questions the ‘permanent casual’ work model commonplace in mining and other parts of the economy. ...
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