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National Party: hold over water, land and wildlife

NSW National Party checklist

What have they done? By Maria Taylor. A WILDLIFE TRAGEDY and regional community water debacle with huge fish kills in a depleted river system, the Barwon–Darling, in recent weeks has shone the spotlight squarely on the NSW National Party. Few people realise the extent of the party’s decision-making power over public resources

NSW Labor: address climate change and put people first

Bryce Wilson Penny Sharpe Dec 2018

Labor pledges cost of living, job creation, front-line services, and environmental focus heading to March election. AS PART OF a December pledge to “put people first” in the state and in the South East region, the NSW Labor Party headed by Michael Daley will be appointing a Minister for Climate Change

Caring

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Maria Taylor visits two local heros of animal medicine and welfare in south-east NSW in this excerpt from her forthcoming book. THERE ARE A lot of kangaroos in my neighourhood on the fringes of the national capital. The countryside is rural residential — a mix of hobby-block farming, people who feed

Renewable energy jobs boom possible

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Up to 60,000 jobs by 2030, regions the biggest winners. ANALYSIS FROM THE Australia Institute shows that 53 percent renewable energy capacity by 2030 would create between 18,000 and 59,000 direct jobs across the country. The wide range of possible employment outcomes depends largely on how much assembly and manufacturing can be

NSW Native Forests: more logging, conservation downgraded

NSW logging native forests

Liberal National Coalition’s war on native species extends to new forest rules. LATER THIS YEAR the NSW Liberal-National Government will ramp up logging and exploitation under proposed changes to the rules governing logging and exploitation of NSW State forests. The proposals will revise NSW logging laws and clearly value timber over

Greyhound racing: NSW Coalition latest bid for votes?

greyhound racing

IN ANOTHER POLICY backflip, the NSW Liberal-National government is tossing $500,000 of public funding towards a major greyhound racing event dubbed the ‘Million Dollar Chase’. While political backflips by the NSW government have become commonplace in the run up to the March 2019 state election, this latest announcement is surely among

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