Archives for June 2014

Winning the debate on asylum seekers

The theme for Refugee Week 2014 is ‘Restoring Hope’. The reason we need to restore hope is that it has been destroyed by government policies.  It’s therefore important to understand what the government is doing and why. Ian Haney Lopez, the author of Dog Whistle Politics, correctly points out that ‘Dog whistle politics doesn’t come […]

It’s time to put NSW planning & development under the microscope

The Minister for Planning’s recent revelations about plans for developing some parts of Newcastle’s rail corridor – despite her predecessor’s December 2013 commitment and repeated assurances by government representatives at public forums as recently as March this year – not only demonstrates that there is one plan for public consumption and another for ‘insiders’, but […]