Opinion & Letters to the Editor

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[…]



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 by a Japanese submarine attack, is a sobering reminder of the one in eight Australian merchant seafarers who sacrificed their[…]



Pill Pushers Impugned

Open Letter to Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. I am writing to object to the egregious assertions made in the RACGP’s submission to the Pharmacy Board of Australia – ‘Pharmacist Prescribing’ and the public statements that your President, Dr[…]



The Salvation Army Easter Message

Dear Editor, During the next few days, The Salvation Army takes the time to commemorate and celebrate who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for every one of us. He is the motivation for all that the Salvos[…]



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 by the Federal Parliament. The Law Council is disappointed and concerned these ‘world-first laws’, which were rammed through in 24[…]



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 a missed opportunity by the Morrison Government to provide safe, quality care for older Australians and fails to support the[…]



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 Peoples in the critical areas of health and housing. Oxfam is concerned that in responding to the Closing the Gap Refresh,[…]



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, a test of values. As we steer into a federal election where the ‘fair go’ is taking centre stage in[…]




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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Climate-ready planning laws for NSW – Rocky Hill and beyond
Environmental Defenders Office NSW today publishes its comprehensive recommendations for climate-ready planning laws for NSW, including a new Climate Change ...
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ACCC Action Disproves NSW Govt Container Policy
By accepting declared government policy, the ACCC’s action against NSW Ports is ...
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High-Pay CEOs Oppose Living Wage
Business leaders on bloated executive salaries make hypocritical claims that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s pledge to boost the minimum wage ...
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Inner Sydney Homeless Crisis Ongoing
Homelessness NSW calls for action to address inner city homelessness crisis. February 2019 Street Count figures reveal 373 Sydney ...
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ACCC acted on wrong information
To: The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, Treasurer and Minister for Industrial ...
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Education Deans Oppose Big Stick Approach to ATAR Entry
The The Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) says universities that educate Australia’s future teachers understand Tanya Plibersek’s enthusiasm ...
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Detention Centre Privatisation Questions
Outsourcing of prisoner accommodation services, which will result in the closure of Tomago’s periodic detention centre, raises questions about the ...
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