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Opinion: The tollroad folly

By Peter Hehir Concerns long raised by critics of the NSW Government’s inner city tollroads are now being admitted, albeit belatedly, by both the RMS and the Berejiklian Government. When it was proposed years ago that three and four lane tunnels would merge with the inner west local road network, the resulting traffic chaos was […]

Sydney smokers in a time warp

By Allison Hore While national smoking rates are on the decline, some parts of Sydney have smoking rates unmatched by the national average since the 1980s. The Australian Health Policy Collaboration, which comprises more than 50 leading health organisations in Australia, has set a target for 5 percent smoking rates by 2025. Currently the national […]

Weedkiller on trial

BY ALEC SMART Sydney councils are considering suspending use of a notorious glyphosate-based weedkiller, RoundUp, in the wake of a US court case. A couple were awarded a record $AU2.9 billion after a jury agreed it caused their non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a blood cancer. Fairfield Council has phased out the weedkiller and Georges River Council will […]

Air pollution levels alarming

BY WENDY BACON Community groups and school parents are calling on the NSW government to investigate disturbingly high levels of dangerous air pollution around WestConnex works in Haberfield. The calls follow reports that two WestConnex Haberfield air quality monitors in Sydney’s Inner West recorded higher average levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in 2018 than […]

Berejiklian’s silent assassin

By Peter Hehir The biggest killer worldwide is air pollution. The WHO hosted its first global conference on air pollution and health in Geneva last week, including a high-level action day at which nations and cities are expected to make new commitments to cut air pollution. This barely caused a ripple here in NSW however. […]