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Climate change driver of Black Summer bushfires, commission finds

By ALLISON HORE Findings from the Bushfire Royal Commission’s report claim, “in no uncertain terms”, climate change fuelled the Black Summer bushfires. A Royal Commission investigating the causes and effects of last year’s Black Summer bushfires was formally established on the 20th of February 2020. Over the course of the royal commission, almost 2,000 submissions […]

Right to protest under threat

By ALLISON HORE Activists, politicians, union officials and legal experts are calling for “democracy to be restored” in NSW in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Despite not a single documented case of Coronavirus transmission occurring at a protest in Australia, COVID-19 health and safety orders have been used to shut down a number of […]

Can you help solve a Sydney dragon boat mystery?

Opinion by PATRICK DANG  Dentist Patrick Dang has been a resident and business owner in Pyrmont since 2007. When he was a student at the University of Sydney in the early 2000s he got into the sport of Dragon Boating.  Little did he know, his hobby would lead him to where he is today- collecting […]

Sydney’s food bowl at risk

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Last Friday, the Daily Telegraph reported that the Berejiklian government had reached an in-principle agreement with acting Nationals leader Paul Toole to weaken the Koala State Environment Planning Policy (Koala SEPP) in preparation for its cabinet meeting this week.  Needless to say, the relaxation of the rules governing koala habitat protection […]

Who was Australia’s most sexist in 2020?

By ALLISON HORE Which Australian public figure made the most sexist comments in 2020? Jayson Westbury did, according to the Ernie Awards, an annual awards ceremony which celebrates “world class sexism and inappropriate speech.” Jayson Westbury, CEO of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents, was awarded the Gold Ernie this year as well as the […]

Come to the aid of the Party!

By PETER HEHIR I recall a line from my school days in the late 50s. I like to think it accompanied one of those fabulous black and white line etched drawings that peppered the School Reader like; “The Relief of Lucknow”; or “The Inchcape Rock” and “When did you last see your father?” “Now is […]

Marsupial madness in NSW coalition

By ALLISON HORE It was a tumultuous week for the coalition government last week, with the national party threatening to go rogue over opposition to koala habitat legislation. On Thursday deputy premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro threatened to pull his party out of the coalition if State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP)s protecting the […]

Koalas locked-in so developers can roam  

By MERRILL WITT The year-long Upper House Inquiry into Koala populations and habitat in NSW released a report in July that contained an alarming revelation. Predictions that the Koala is on track to become functionally extinct in NSW by 2050 are, in fact, far too optimistic because “the scale of loss as a result of […]

Minister moves to extend detention powers

By ALLISON HORE The Law Council of Australia has expressed concern about the COVID-19 situation being “used as an excuse” to extend controversial detention policies which are unrelated to the ongoing pandemic.  The Law Council say the emergency COVID-19 powers have been used to extend the powers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to […]

Why a Basic Income Guarantee makes economic sense 

Opinion by MERRILL WITT In a March research note to clients Macquarie Bank posed the following question: ‘Will COVID-19 redefine societies and economic models and inflict a prolonged and massive damage; or will it simply nudge us towards different policies (e.g. basic income guarantees & MMT) but still leave the essence of our societies intact, […]