Grandmothers unite to stop another stolen generation of Aboriginal children

 Grandmothers Against Removals have received a formal response from the Department of Families and Community Services agreeing to work constructively with Aboriginal elders on the issue of child removals The Expert Liaison Committee of Aboriginal elders and service providers is the essential way of empowering the Aboriginal community to be making the decisions and having first hand input […]

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Government opens Local Government tendering to corruption

The NSW government is proposing legislation that will remove key anti-corruption provisions from local government tendering processes. As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: The NSW Government has introduced legislation into Parliament that removes the prohibition on councils delegating the acceptance of tenders to other parties. The Greens say the legislation opens the door to […]

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MEDIA ACCC investigates claims of Aboriginal and mining ‘cartels’

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: Mining companies and Aboriginal groups allegedly engaged in “cartel conduct”, including price fixing for work involving ancient indigenous heritage sites, according to claims investigated by the competition watchdog. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not act on the claims but will monitor the situation, and asked the […]

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MEDIA Damning high-level planning report on Newcastle buried by Council and State Government

A high-level independent report prepared for Newcastle Council that is highly critical of the State government’s controversial rezoning of Newcastle’s East End has been hidden by the Council and State Government from councillors and the public. The report was ignored by Council and the State Government when the controversial and out-of-scale rezoning of sites owned […]

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EVENT The Joseph McCabe Lecture 2014

David Shoebridge MLC will deliver this year’s Joseph McCabe Lecture: ‘The Ellis Defence and Its Aftermath’. John Ellis is an abuse victim who attempted to sue the Catholic Church for compensation. He lost a High Court case with costs awarded against him. The Church’s argument was that the Church was an unincorporated association whose assets […]

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Industrial Relations

WorkCover belatedly apologises to bullied worker Wayne Butler

WorkCover has provided bullied employee Wayne Butler an official apology for his treatment whilst working for the organisation, and since. The apology was also circulated to WorkCover’s employees through their intranet systems: CEO_message_Apology. A full copy of the apology is available here: WorkCover Apology to Wayne Butler  This follows the June 2013 finding by the Industrial […]

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Wombats, Logging and Glenbog State Forest

In August this year a number of wombats were buried alive in their burrows during logging at Glenbog State Forest. When the Minister for Primary Industries was asked by David in Budget Estimates about these destructive logging operations her response was evasive and utterly without concern for the plight of these native animals. David has […]

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