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Welcome to the Institute of Public Affairs universe

October 20, 2014 - 00:15 -- Admin

In the modern Australia, where poverty is increasingly defined as the lack of a plasma television in an otherwise opulent home….[Institute of Public Affairs, October 2014 occasional paper, Things are getting better all the time: A snapshot of Australian living standards in the long run]This self-described think tank created in 1943, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), has been keenly supported by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and other

Australia's intelligence agencies already fail to comply with safeguards in national security legislation. Why are they now being given more powers than ever before?

October 19, 2014 - 00:16 -- Admin

As the Abbott Government prepares to enact sweeping changes to Australia’s national security laws, with the co-operation of the Labor Opposition and only weak recommendations from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to amend the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill, it is worth remembering that this nation’s intelligence agencies already often fail to comply with safeguards built into existing legislation.It is also worth noting that compl

A message for Yamba's funky hair studio Paul

October 18, 2014 - 22:40 -- Admin

Although it's  been quite a while between drinks at the table of knowledge at the local watering hole a quorum of members was in attendance today and, boy-oh-boy, it was a not-to-be-missed occasion.Just one item was raised in general business and, golly gee, it was white-hot.Long-time Yamba resident Cliff, who's been in town since the year dot, told the gathering he and his missus were absolutely blown away when they heard a local hair dresser was seeking to employ a backpacker at a local cut

Why is the NSW Baird Government removing surgical facilities from the new $80 million Byron Central Hospital?

October 17, 2014 - 00:16 -- Admin

In September 2014 it was reported that the early works contract for the new $80 million Byron Central Hospital had been awarded and, that main works construction on the greenfields site was to begin in 2015.On 16 October 2014 the Echo Netdaily reported on the possible privatisation of surgic

NSW Deputy Premier and leader of the NSW Nationals Andrew Stoner walking away from Parliament in 2015

October 16, 2014 - 04:11 -- Admin

Although an increasingly irrelevant rump to the Liberal Party, it is still worth noting a change of Nationals leadership at state level in New South Wales.The Land 15 October 2014: NSW Deputy Premier and leader of the NSW Nationals Andrew Stoner is to retire from politics at the 2015 state election.Hospitality Minister Troy Grant, the member for Dubbo, is the leading candi