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What now for contested Bungendore high school site plan? Town park defenders review process, unanswered questions.


THE MINISTER FOR Education, Sarah Mitchell, has refused to address reports that the Department of Education has been offered an alternative, greenfield site (alternative to the town park site favoured by the state government) for the long-awaited Bungendore High School.    ABOVE: Deputy Mayor Esma Livermore talking to anti-school site protestors outside the

OIL AND GAS dominate Federal Carbon Storage program


(Are we surprised?) NEW RESEARCH REVEALS the extent to which fossil fuel companies and other big emitters influenced the Clean Energy Regulator’s carbon offset rules around carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. Billions in public subsidies, still no functioning CCS projects CCS projects have long been promoted by fossil fuel companies as a

The budget hands out $21 billion for ‘regional Australia’, but a quarter of it is going to a single project in Queensland

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IMAGE Jade Toomey, ABC News THIS YEAR'S BUDGET has offered up “unprecedented” funding for regional Australia, according to the Morrison government’s budget sell. The headline figure is A$21 billion and is widely assumed to be part of the deal Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce made with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in exchange for

Progress needed on Floodplain Harvesting


A PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE has detailed a number of ways to reform floodplain harvesting in NSW. NSW Farmers President James Jackson said even small steps towards evidence-based regulation of floodplain harvesting were better than the uncertainty surrounding the issue at present. “We advocate for the fair and equitable sharing of our valuable water

Nationals raise concern over Electric Vehicles: “We don’t have long enough extension cords”


THE NATIONAL PARTY has raised concerns about the introduction of electric vehicles onto Australia’s roads, saying they didn’t think there would be an extension cord long enough to allow for long-distance driving in regional Australia.  Part-time Nationals Senator and full-time culture warrior, Matt Canavan, struck out at electric vehicle technology this

‘It’s almost like grooming’: How anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and the far-right came together over COVID

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SCENES OF PROTESTORS clad in hi-viz jackets and shouting anti-vaccination slogans have dominated the news recently. As ABC News reported: “Some of those gathered held a banner reading ‘freedo’, while others sang the national anthem and chanted ‘f*** the jab’.” Some attacked union offices, drawing criticism from officials such as Australian Council of Trade

Nature Matters


ONE OF THE last, and perhaps most controversial actions of the Eurobodalla Shire Council before it goes into caretaker mode, [related to council elections in early December] was the adoption of a zoning plan made by a previous council decades ago. This old plan advocates the destruction of a large area of Dalmeny bushland for housing