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NSW says ‘No’ to decriminalising drugs but pivots towards a health-based response

After waiting almost three years to respond to the recommendations of the NSW Ice Inquiry NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet, has rejected the recommendation to decriminalise use of illicit drugs. 

Lismore activist who blocked Sydney traffic has charges dismissed

This morning, twenty-two year old climate activist Mali Cooper faced court in Lismore, after blocking the entrance to the Sydney Harbour Tunnel during peak hour traffic in June, to protest inaction on the climate emergency.

Rooftop solar installation safety in the spotlight

Workers installing solar panels on rooftops can expect a visit from SafeWork NSW Inspectors, who are undertaking a six-month state-wide operation to ensure safety in this busy industry.

Young people rally for a climate-positive budget

On Sunday hundreds of young people took part in a rally in Brisbane with a clear message for Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers: protect our future by ensuring no new funding for fossil fuels in the October budget update.

Torres Strait Islanders win historic human rights fight

A group of eight Torres Strait Islander people have made international legal history, after the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that the Australian Government is violating its human rights obligations to them through climate change inaction.

Class action against Optus being considered

With an increasing number of Australians discovering they have been caught up in the Optus data breach, law firm Slater and Gordon is investigating a possible class action against the telecommunications company on behalf of current and former customers.

Santos’ approval to drill for gas north of the Tiwi Islands invalid

In a landmark decision, the Federal Court of Australia has invalidated Santos’ approval to drill for gas in the sea north of the Tiwi Islands.

Surf life savers return

The red and yellow is back on NSW beaches with more than 20,000 surf life saving volunteers ready to welcome beachgoers for the official beginning of patrol season.

Plastic recycling to be turbocharged in NSW

The NSW Government says more plastic will be recycled and turned into new products across the state, thanks to $9 million in funding to support businesses transform their operations and access the latest plastic recycling technology.

Sue Higginson introduces bill to ban fossil fuel ads

Greens NSW Upper House MP Sue Higginson has today given notice of a bill set to ban fossil fuel advertising in New South Wales.

‘No body, no parole’ laws coming to NSW

Offenders who refuse to provide information or assistance to locate their victim’s remains cannot be granted parole, under proposed 'no body no parole' laws.

Students in the dark about milk production

NSW Farmers says an Australian university study has discovered four in five primary school students have no idea how modern milk is produced.

Who’s a good dog?

Guide Dogs Australia has today revealed the best performing fundraising collection dogs, with Coles Mackay in Queensland taking out the honour of having the top fundraising coin Collection Dog in the country. Liverpool won the NSW category.

Public transport mask mandate to end

Masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport from tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.

Origin walks away from Beetaloo Basin

In a major victory for community pressure and investor activism, Origin Energy announced yesterday that they would divest 100 per cent of their gas interests in the Northern Territory's massive Beetaloo Basin, along with fracking plans in the Lake Eyre Basin and WA's Kimberley region.

Hydrogen plant to be built in Pilbara

One of the world’s largest renewable hydrogen plants is due to be built in the Pilbara, after the Australian Renewable Energy Agency conditionally approved $47.5 million towards ENGIE’s renewable hydrogen and ammonia project.

La Nina coming again as world careens towards uncharted climate destruction

We’ve experienced a number of difficult years on the Northern Rivers and the east coast of Australia as we’ve lurched from crippling drought and bushfires to ‘unprecedented’ destruction from flooding. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has now confirmed that we are heading into a third year of La Niña.

World hungry for food security solution

The complex issue of global food security can only be solved if all nations work together, according to UNSW expert Professor Johannes le Coutre.

Penny Sharpe MLC responds to Ayres decision

The Leader of the Opposition in the NSW Legislative Council, Penny Sharpe, spoke to the media late yesterday about former minister Stuart Ayres being cleared of wrongdoing in regard to John Barilaro's appointment as NSW Trade Commissioner in New York.

Lack of hard data on LGBTIQ+ people and family, domestic and sexual violence

A lack of hard data on the rates of family, domestic and sexual violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships, means LGBTIQ+ people are at risk being forgotten in policy, planning, funding and new projects.

Albanese, Perrottet and Australian Republic Movement respond to the passing of the Queen

The Prime Minister, the Premier and the Australian Republic Movement, have made statements about the Queen this morning.

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96

Australia has woken to the news that Queens Elizabeth II has passed away aged 96, with a simple message three hours ago. 'The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon'.

NSW Draft Climate Change Policy and Action Plan open for comment

It took the people to make the EPA take responsibility for its role in mitigating the impacts of greenhouse gasses. Today sees the release of the NSW Draft Climate Change Policy and Action Plan that outlines some of their key actions aimed at keeping warming below 1.5 degrees.

Union mute over bureaucrats acting as political mouthpieces for governments

The NSW Public Service Association have refused to comment on whether it is appropriate for government policy to be defended by government bureaucrats

Women’s Health Week – care for your body and mind

It's Women's Health Week a nation-wide campaign of events and online activities – all centred on improving women's health and helping you to make healthier choices.

Child Protection Week: every child needs a fair go

National Child Protection Week began on Saturday and this year’s theme is ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’.

Football’s Fozzy announced as Father of the Year

If you're not into football you may not know who he is but soccer fans will be chuffed to know that Craig 'Fozzy' Foster has been announced as the Australian Father of the Year honouring his role as a father, sporting figure, youth mentor, coach and a father figure to vulnerable refugees.

Health professionals strike over patient ratios

The continued refusal by the NSW Liberal-Nationals government to mandate more reasonable nursing/midwifery patient ratios has prompted a 24 hour strike by health professionals on September 1 from 7am. 

Comment: Back when we didn’t waste or poison  

Our economy is now based on wasting as much as possible, as quickly as possible. No wonder the planet is in such a parlous state. It’s ingrained in people that it’s okay to buy plastic-wrapped food, contaminated with hormone disrupters and pesticide residues. We’re led to believe this is normal and acceptable. It absolutely is not.

It’s International Dog Day

Man's, woman's, child's, grandparents', everyone's best friend: the dog. We love them but they love us more! Here's a few to brighten your day.

‘Still me, still human’ Wear It Purple

Today is Wear It Purple Day, an event that sees thousands of schools, community organisations, universities and workplaces hold events in support of our community’s LGBTQIA+ youth and the issues they face. This year’s theme is: ‘Still me, still human’.

SES updates flood warnings

The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) will soon transition to an overhauled warning system under the new nation-wide Australian Warning System, to be introduced next month.

Top tips for feline friends this International Cat Day

Some silly humans think that it's money that makes the world go around – we all know it's cats!

Get dead set on Dying to Know Day

Research shows that 87 per cent of Australians agree that at least some end-of-life planning is important however many often experience barriers to taking action.

Increase in Reef coral cover comes with a warning

As we witness the ongoing destruction of the Great Barrier Reef by global warming and climate change, new data showing an increase in coral cover in some areas of the Reef is promising news.

More infestations of Varroa found in Newcastle area

What many people don’t know is that without bees, the large variety of plant food on their plate will be decimated because these little...

Stuart Ayres resigns Deputy Leadership over Barilaro posting

Stuart Ayres, the Deputy Leader of the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party, Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport has resigned both positions following an independent investigation into the appointment of John Barilaro, Former Deputy Premier of NSW, to a New York trade position. 

Update on Enova’s voluntary administration

Creditors for Enova Community Energy and Enova Energy say they have voted in favour of Deeds of Company Arrangement (DOCA) for each company, ‘that will see the entities avoid liquidation and facilitate a better return for creditors’.

To end homelessness we need a plan

In Australia, there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia.

Just us, with the wild goat

Simon Haslam I don’t know if you can recall one of those luminous moments in your life when it just seemed to be you, perhaps...

Lambruk Pantry

Simon Haslam Lambruk Pantry is a family-owned local gourmet providore based in the heart of the Byron Shire. If you’re looking for something classy, that’s...

Oliver’s happy hens

‘If you can look after fifty chickens’, Oliver tells me, ‘you might as well look after 500.’ In between a steady stream of customers...

Alstonville takes out top tier of the Oceania Cup

The Oceania Cup delivered exciting and close football for the 19 teams that competed across last weekend at the Alstonville FC’s Crawford Park fields. The...