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Chest Beating Morrison, Djokovic and Refugees

By Stuart Rees Free from Macron accusations of being a liar, the Novak Djokovic affair sees Prime Minister Morrison reverting to a familiar strongman role, insisting that he knows best, is protecting Australia and is a vigilante for borders and rules. His claim that Djokovic knew the conditions for entry to the country is made

Desmond Tutu, His Panacea Values, Courage and Humour

By Stuart Rees The world needs the values, courage and humour which characterised the life of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who died aged 90 on Boxing Day 2021. The qualities of his leadership need revival, not least in Australia.Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999, ‘the Arch’ was a

The Myth of Development

By Richard Hook Local councils, across the state and country, are still approving the degradation of natural environments and wildlife habitat, allowing the demolition of heritage buildings, sacrificing local character and approving environmentally sub-standard housing instead of insisting on alternatives to the mediocre designs sold by developers. Property developments such as housing estates and land

No Justice for Julian Assange, But Plenty of Cruelty

By Stuart Rees Julian Assange’s pending extradition to the US allowed the Australian government a chance to show some ticker by demanding his freedom. A British court’s decision to allow Julian Assange to be extradited to face trial in the US is one more climax in years of compliance with whatever Uncle Sam wants, his desire

Wollongong Councillor Cath Blakey Urges More Action on Koala Protection

By Dylan Arvela Wollongong City Council has made an encouraging step towards better advocating for the protection of the state's koala population after adopting a motion put forward by Greens Councillor Cath Blakey. The motion, which was resolved unanimously, called for Council to recognise the importance of the preservation and protection of koala habitats and

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Environment

November 28, 2021

Wollongong Councillor Cath Blakey Urges More Action on Koala Protection

By Dylan Arvela Wollongong City Council has made an encouraging step towards better advocating for the protection of the state's koala population after adopting a motion put forward by Greens Councillor Cath Blakey. The motion, which was resolved unanimously, called for Council to recognise the importance of the preservation and protection of koala habitats and […]

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November 27, 2021

Leaked Government Report Confirms Logging in Burnt Native Forests Unsustainable

By Nick Hopkins The findings of the Natural Resources Commission report into post fire logging didn’t sit well with the NSW government. So it labelled the report “cabinet-in-confidence” and has sat on it ever since. Even now that it has been leaked to the Guardian it is still deemed secret. Consistent lobbying by various upper […]

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November 25, 2021

Manyana Really Does Matter

By Bill Eger The little group of five villages surrounded by Conjola National Park and bordered to the south by Lake Conjola has seen its share of battles in recent years. Notably the protest and blockade of what was slated to be a mega-tip at Bendalong which would have taken most of Sydney’s waste and […]

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November 12, 2021

Selfishness; The Planets Greatest Existential Threat

By Stuart Rees Protecting only an individual’s personal interests, or promoting only one country’s need to be greatest, reveals selfishness as the primary cause of a values-induced cancer threatening life on earth. That selfishness is evident in the Hobbesian assumption that men will and should act always to their immediate advantage. Global policymakers’ selfishness is […]

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Community

December 22, 2021

The Myth of Development

By Richard Hook Local councils, across the state and country, are still approving the degradation of natural environments and wildlife habitat, allowing the demolition of heritage buildings, sacrificing local character and approving environmentally sub-standard housing instead of insisting on alternatives to the mediocre designs sold by developers. Property developments such as housing estates and land […]

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November 27, 2021

Leaked Government Report Confirms Logging in Burnt Native Forests Unsustainable

By Nick Hopkins The findings of the Natural Resources Commission report into post fire logging didn’t sit well with the NSW government. So it labelled the report “cabinet-in-confidence” and has sat on it ever since. Even now that it has been leaked to the Guardian it is still deemed secret. Consistent lobbying by various upper […]

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November 25, 2021

Manyana Really Does Matter

By Bill Eger The little group of five villages surrounded by Conjola National Park and bordered to the south by Lake Conjola has seen its share of battles in recent years. Notably the protest and blockade of what was slated to be a mega-tip at Bendalong which would have taken most of Sydney’s waste and […]

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November 23, 2021

March and Rally to End Violence Against Women

By Robyn Sedger Violence towards women, whether this violence occurs in the home, workplace or in public spaces, remains a major issue in Australia today. Domestic, family and sexual violence is widespread across all cultures, ages and socio-economic groups in Australia and these forms of violence are experienced mostly by women. Shoalhaven City Council, in […]

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November 23, 2021

Shoalhaven’s Heritage Under Attack – Be Careful Who You Vote For

By Bill Woinarski I would like to relate a story about our heritage. This is set in Berry but similar stories are happening around the Shoalhaven. It is important in the context of our Council elections and also in the impact that degradation of our heritage is having on the amenity of this special place […]

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Politics

Peace with Justice – Not War to Exterminate

By Stuart Rees For centuries, men in and out of uniform have built their identities around violence, swagger and related abuses of power. The latest war rhetoric from Minister Dutton and chief bully boy of the Department of Home Affairs Mike Pezzullo display the continuation of centuries-old attitudes which have destroyed countries, produced countless refugees and […]

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December 29, 2021

Desmond Tutu, His Panacea Values, Courage and Humour

By Stuart Rees The world needs the values, courage and humour which characterised the life of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who died aged 90 on Boxing Day 2021. The qualities of his leadership need revival, not least in Australia.Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999, ‘the Arch’ was a […]

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December 14, 2021

No Justice for Julian Assange, But Plenty of Cruelty

By Stuart Rees Julian Assange’s pending extradition to the US allowed the Australian government a chance to show some ticker by demanding his freedom. A British court’s decision to allow Julian Assange to be extradited to face trial in the US is one more climax in years of compliance with whatever Uncle Sam wants, his desire […]

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November 25, 2021

The God-given Right to Discriminate

By Andy Hutchinson What are the most pressing concerns in this country at this time? The kind of big ticket issues that our democratically elected public officials should be concerning themselves with? Global pandemics? Climate change? The housing crisis? Drugs? Infrastructure? The clean generation of energy? The military apparatus required to defend ourselves? Nope. Based […]

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