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POLITICS HAS BECOME so bad in places, so over-the-top in behaviour that appears consequence-free, even when badged corrupt or immoral, that it gets beyond us.  Earnest reporting and social media commentary can’t keep up. It’s too depressing. But a remedy has appeared. Bring on the satirists. Consider Koalagate. It featured a

Promises, promises

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BEREJIKLIAN-BARILARO SCHOOLS BACKLOG IN MONARO BEFORE THE MARCH 2019 state election, the National Party Member for Monaro John Barilaro was everywhere promising everyone funding — to the extent that this publication and others dubbed him ‘Porkbarrel-aro’ Now the NSW Labor Opposition has unveiled the extent to which promises for schools in particular

Land clearing up 300% in NSW

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Government looking the other way, this affects everyone THE NATIONALS AND Liberals in NSW have been presiding over a dramatic increase in land clearing, leading to biodiversity loss, dust storms and impoverished soils. Add to that the negative effect on containing greenhouse gas emissions. New figures released by the Office of Environment

Barilaro, National Party representative, at work

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Chop down the River Red Gums, destroy that park! NEWS BROKE MID-JULY that the National Party Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, is proposing legislation to destroy the Murray Valley National Park, and recommence logging to benefit some members of a community that received $97 million from taxpayers in compensation. Sparks were

HELP! Fake news on leaders may sway undecided voters

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THIS ELECTION editorial comment. The other night we were minding our own business, watching a film on SBS when the peace was shattered by an advertisement on behalf of the Liberal Party, screaming “Tax” joined to the word Labor. Featured, along with images of nice looking but apparently clueless Australian voters,

NSW water policy giveaway promises more ecological disaster

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Floodplain water for favoured irrigators THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE has coordinated an open letter (PDF version) to NSW Water Minister Niall Blair (National Party) urging him to halt a controversial policy change from his department that assigns rights to divert huge volumes of water in the northern Murray-Darling Basin under a process

What will they privatise next?

INCUMBENT MEMBER FOR Monaro and state National Party Leader, John Barilaro, has been dropping large bundles of cash around the electorate in a pork-barrel strategy leading up to the March 23 election. But it’s worth remembering where the dollars come from — the sale of NSW assets during the rule

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