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Will you be able to afford your electricity bill this summer?

November 23, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

The Daily Examiner, 22 November 2017, p.5:Power price hikes have tripled wage growth in the past decade and experts fear more NSW families could have their electricity disconnected this summer.New data shows the average electricity bill has jumped a whopping 116 per cent from $1282 in 2007 to $2770 in 2017, while the median wage has grown just 35 per cent from $59,723 to $80,382.The figures, compiled exclusively for The Daily Telegraph by price

Turnbull Government lost its majority in the House of Representatives so canceled the lower house convening for next 13 days

November 22, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

This was the timetable for a functioning democratic Australian Parliament in November 2017:30 October to 12 November – Non sitting days13 to 16 November – Senate Chamber sits17 to 26 November – Non sitting days27 to 30 November – Both Chambers sit, Senate 2/3 Cut Off Thursday, 30 November1 to 3 December – Non sitting days4 to 7 December – Both Chambers sit [my yellow highlighting][]This is how a Liberal-Nationals federal government makes a mo

NSW Environmental Defender's Office has served irrigator and Nationals donor Peter Harris a summons demanding he return more than five billion litres of water he is alleged to have illegally taken from the Barwon-Darling River

November 21, 2017 - 00:32 -- Admin

The Australian, 14 November 2017:The NSW Environmental Defender’s Office has served irrigator and Nationals donor Peter Harris a summons demanding he return more than five billion litres of water he is alleged to have ­illegally taken from the Barwon-Darling River.The incidents of alleged water theft are the subject of

The depths to which xenophobia and bigotry has reduced Australia

November 20, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

Australia began to ignore its obligations under international law in 1992 and its determination to turn back asylum seeker boats and reduce the number of refugees accepted into this country grew apace until this is the situation in November 2017.The New York Times, 18 November 2017:Veteran United Nations officials said this month they had never seen a wealthy democracy go to

Volunteering levels in Australia and on the NSW North Coast

November 20, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

There has been some talk in local media about volunteering levels, with one bright spark suggesting that volunteering be made mandatory.But are volunteering levels in Australia in such dire straits?If one looks at available statistics it appears that Australia is fairly well served by people willing to give their time and effort to local communities.The same can be said for the NSW

FACT CHECK: Size comparison - cargo vessel Island Trader and cruise ship Caledonian Sky

November 19, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

The debate concerning the Sydney-driven proposal to make the Port of Yamba a cruise ship destination continues.I have noticed there has been some comment on social media that the small cruise ships Yamba could expect to have ‘visit’ would be same size or smaller than the Island Trader which used Yamba as its home port for around 17 years.The phrase “small cruise ship” is being taken literally and the conclusion invited is that these cruise ships are so small there is nothing to be concerned a

Post Same-Sex Marriage "Yes" Victory: I want everyone to have the right to discriminate against the LGBTI community

November 19, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

Tony Abbott on Facebook, 15 November 2017:I always said this was an issue where the Australian people wanted their say and today’s result demonstrates that seeking their views was the right thing to do.I congratulate the “yes” campaign on their achievement.The people have spoken and, of course, the parliament should respect the result.I also thank the 4.7 million Australians who supported marriage between a man and a woman.Both the Prime Minister and the