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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

Quotes of the Week

November 18, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

“Not sure if this has been posted but Jesus, this is wrong on levels yet to be described by science.”  [Jeremy Parkinson writing in Facebook on 9 November 2017 with regard to a US newspaper opinion piece describing New Zealand as being in the grip of the far right]“The number of MPs and senators suspected of failing to obey the Constitution’s requirements on dual citizenship is now 28 to 30 by some counts, and only the High Court

It is being suggested to Lower Clarence communities that inviting the cruise ship industry into the Clarence River estuary will bring financial gain to their towns - but will it?

November 17, 2017 - 06:06 -- Admin

At this month’s ordinary monthly meeting Clarence Valley Council will be considering whether or not to give in principle support to the NSW Government’s proposal to designate the Port of Yamba as a cruise ship destination and possibly build a cruise ship terminal in the Clarence River estuary.The Berejiklian Government appears to be presenting this proposal as a way to incre

Oh dear, is the Turnbull Government asking chickens to visit the digital fox's den?

November 17, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

“The Turnbull Government has welcomed the eSafety Commissioner’s announcement today about the delivery of the pilot for a new national portal for reporting instances of non-consensual sharing of intimate images (colloquially known as image-based abuse or revenge pornography).”  [Senator Mitch Fifield, media release,15 O