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Human Rights Law Centre & OECD Watch lodge international complaint over Australia's failure to investigate abuses by Manus Island contractor

November 30, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

Human Rights Law Centre, 27 November 2017:Australian companies need to be held to account for human rights abuses they commit overseas, but Australia’s complaints system is woefully inadequate and in desperate need of reform.The Human Rights Law Centre and OECD Watch have today requested the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developmen

"Let them sail on to Coffs Harbour" seems to be a frequent shared sentiment expressed by Lower Clarence residents when told of the NSW Berejiklian Government's plans for a cruise ship destination on the Far North Coast

November 29, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

On 21 November 2017 Clarence Valley Council's ordinary monthly meeting considered the issue of giving in principle support for the NSW Government’s plan to designate the Port of Yamba a cruise ship destination and possibly build an international cruise ship terminal within the Clarence River estuary.The motions and debate which occurred during consideration of Item 14.126/17 were illuminating.It began at approx.1:50 pm

Australians to own their own banking, energy, phone and internet data? How wonderful! Except.....

November 28, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

Read the news coming out of Canberra…..Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation and Liberal MP for Hume Angus Taylor, media release, 26 November 2017:Australians to own their own banking, energy, phone and internet dataThe Turnbull Government will legislate a national Consumer Data Right, allowing customers open access to their banking, energy, phone and inte

A noisy, visual intrusive marine industrial zone on flood prone Palmers Island was never going to be a good idea

November 27, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

This was never going to be good idea. Applying to rezone rural land in order to create a noisy, visual intrusive marine industrial precinct so near to residences, on flood prone land on an island with known riverbank instability, in order to build vessels ranging from 6 metres to 35 metres in length and refit/maintain other vessels.Something Mayor Jim Simmons, Deputy-Mayor Jason Kingsley, along with Cllrs.

Have our expectations in relation to medical treatment risen steadily or is NSW health service delivery getting worse?

November 27, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 November 2017: The Health Care Complaints Commission's annual report shows it was hit with 6319 complaints, which largely related to questionable treatments, misconduct and poor communication…..Complaints surgeThe NSW Health Care Complaints Commission was hit with 6,319 complaints in 2016-17 - leading to a 132 p

400,000 hectares stripped of vegetation in Queensland in 2015-16

November 26, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

The world’s largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef, is both a nursery and feeding ground for colourful tropical marine species and edible fish species – it is part of Australia’s national food bowl.Yet there still appears to be people who fail to understand the importance of vegetated land catchments to sustaining the health of this 2,300 kilometres long reef system.