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NSW — No Slush-fund Worries…

What should we think of the Government of NSW? Easy. Watch Four Corners tonight.

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Development is good, eh!

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2008 in Australia, NSW politics

 

This has a certain fascination…

Again touting ABC 1!  Four Corners tonight does look interesting, to say the least. Political assassination is fortunately a rarity in Australia so all Sydneysiders will recall the John Newman killing in 1994. We thought it was all done and dusted, but maybe not so.

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It should be worth seeing.

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Posted by on April 7, 2008 in Australia, multicultural Australia, NSW politics, TV

 

A year since the Liberals lost the NSW elections

… and by any measure they ought to have won. However, a combination of Peter Debnam and, I think, a growing revulsion against The Great Grey Garden Gnome then squatting still in Kirribilli House, brought the Libs down and delivered us to an ongoing Labor Government that has merely grown in ineptitude over the ensuing twelve months. Read the rest of this entry »

 

NSW and tunnel visions

It is, as the Sydney Morning Herald notes, ironic that Premier Morris Iemma’s announcement of a bold new transport strategy for NSW coincided with yet another public-private tunnel project going belly-up.
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Posted by on March 19, 2008 in Australia and Australian, NSW politics, Political

 

Still stirring the pot

The Herald continues today with:

I still wonder what the drift of this series is, as it really is encompassing a whole gamut of phenomena from very disparate parts of Australia. Is it saying governments have been incompetent and we need to lift our policy game across the board? Is it saying white middle class Australians are a pack of racist bastards? I am really not sure…

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Posted by on March 11, 2008 in Australia and Australian, education, Indigenous Australians, NSW politics, Political, racism

 

This is such a Wollongong — or NSW — story

Reminder

The following story and its sequels during the week have been allegations of misconduct. Just thought we should all remember that. We do often forget, don’t we? — 24 February.

Labor ministers drawn into deepening scandal

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Posted by on February 21, 2008 in Australia and Australian, NSW politics, personal, reminiscing

 

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Good intentions lead to implosion at DoCS?

Yesterday there were several powerful stories in the Sydney Morning Herald.

To quote from the second story:

Day after day DOCS staff battle fear and violence to save children on the edge of the abyss. It’s never enough, writes Ruth Pollard.

Staff call it the Department of Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t.

They paint a picture of a reality far removed from the hysterical media coverage and tit-for-tat politics of child protection. They have a long list of solutions and – after more than a decade of neglect, underfunding and staff shortages – a short supply of patience.

And yet, amid it all, they have hope.

The Herald spoke to a number of Department of Community Services workers – all of whom chose to remain anonymous to protect their clients and their jobs – about life on the front line of child protection. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2008 in Australia and Australian, NSW politics