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TAFE is fine despite funding cuts

BY LUCAS BAIRD   TAFE has denied claims that it is currently in decline, claiming that it is business as usual. Recently TAFE has been the subject of political debate, with a decline in enrolments leading many to claim the institution’s days are numbered, unless the government can change fees and funding for the vocational […]

Community owned solar farms surge into Sydney

BY AMANDA COPP Solar farms funded by community members are making their way onto roofs of local businesses and public buildings in Sydney’s inner suburbs. Young Henry’s bar in Newtown and the new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney in Darling Harbour will be the sites of Sydney’s first community funded renewable energy projects. The project […]

Inner city will get new school after election

After years of concern from residents and politicians, both the state government and opposition have confirmed that they will build a new inner city high school if they win the March election.The Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, made the announcement on behalf of the Liberal party on Monday (February 16) outside the Cleveland Street Intensive […]

Revealed documents lead to further calls for transparency at Barangaroo

By Joe Bourke   Previously secret documents revealing provisions associated with the approval of James Packer’s license to operate the $1.2 billion casino resort at Barangaroo from 2019 have been made public, leading to fears of organised crime, corruption and money laundering in Sydney. The provisions deal specifically with Mr Packer’s business partner Lawrence Ho’s […]

Debate rages over implementation of medicinal marijuana in NSW

Greens NSW MP John Kaye has announced he will be introducing his own legislation to parliament to challenge the government to take steps to broaden the availability of medicinal cannabis. Mr Kaye has expressed his belief that medicinal cannabis should be available to those with debilitating conditions as well as chronic and terminal illnesses. Mr […]

Political donations bill debated in NSW Parliament

Bipartisan support has emerged in the State Parliament of New South Wales for a bill to close a major election funding loophole. In the wake of the Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation into statewide political corruption, the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Consequential Amendment Bill aims to force disclosure of all donations of more than […]

News in brief

Greens push for green reform NSW Greens MLC John Kaye has launched a bill to shield medical users of cannabis from criminal prosecution. The Drug Legislation Amendment (Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes) Bill 2014 seeks to exempt terminally ill patients and their carers, who are certified by a treating doctor, from prosecution for possession […]

Energy retailers ripping off solar producers

Michael Mobbs looks forward to receiving his electricity bill. And why not? His most recent statement shows Origin Energy owes him $165.19 for three months of power. Mr Mobbs, who owns Sustainable House in Chippendale, is receiving 60 cents per kilowatt hour (cents/kWh) for the solar power he exports into the grid from his network […]

Jenny v. Penny: the battle for Newtown

By Paul Gregoire and Michael Koziol Labor’s Penny Sharpe and the Greens’ Jenny Leong have both identified affordable housing as a priority issue for the seat of Newtown ahead of next year’s state election. Ms Sharpe, a sitting member of the upper house, won Labor’s community preselection at the weekend with 64 per cent of […]

TAFE cuts backlash

The Greens will introduce a bill later this month which it says would reverse student fee increases, freeze funding to private operators, and halt the “Smart and Skilled” reform package that will limit the list of qualifications eligible for government funding. Member for Balmain Jamie Parker said the reforms would hit Ultimo TAFE in particular, […]