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Why local news matters

By MERRILL WITT In the last week of June, Australians received more grim news about the future of news coverage in Australia. The managing director of the ABC, David Anderson, announced cutbacks to news divisions and job losses in response to a cut in federal funding for the public broadcaster. Seventy jobs in news and […]

Morrison concentrates power among the few

By ELIZA SPENCER Australia’s third branch of government – local councils - have been removed from the national discussion table as the new National Cabinet take charge under the cover of emergency measures. Between trade wars, international uprisings, and the federal government quietly announcing a $721 million robodebt refund scheme, the death of COAG (Council […]

Shooters and Fishers business voting legislation passes upper house

Last week the NSW Legislative Council passed the controversial Shooters and Fishers bill to reform business voting in City of Sydney Council elections. The City of Sydney Amendment (Elections) Bill automatically enrols businesses in the City to vote in local government elections, makes voting compulsory for businesses and allows two people per business to vote. […]