It’s time for an inquiry into Newcastle’s planning process

It’s time for an inquiry into Newcastle’s planning process

From brown paper bags of cash, a raft of illegal developer donations and endless lies and cover-ups from politicians, it is time that a focused and considered spotlight was turned on key planning and development decisions in the Newcastle and Hunter region.  People...
Why corporations should never vote

Why corporations should never vote

As published in the Newcastle Herald here: Another day, another corruption headline. Hunter residents are genuinely revolted by the new lows that this state’s politics has sunk to. They are looking for political leadership to sever the link between corporate greed and...
Corruption, inaction and bluster – it must be NSW

Corruption, inaction and bluster – it must be NSW

The ‘same-look’ Coalition government of Mike Baird has already demonstrated that it is far from serious about dealing with corruption in NSW. The Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 and Criminal Assets Recovery Amendment Bill 2014 were...
Time to consider stronger protection for whistleblowers

Time to consider stronger protection for whistleblowers

In May this year, SES Deputy Commissioner, Tara McCarthy, was given an hour to get her things into boxes and get out of the office. She had been sacked. Why the Deputy Commissioner was removed from her job in the State Emergency Service is now the subject of an...