Broken promises: NSW State Government's contribution in funding its public libraries is the lowest in the country. It currently contributes only 7 cents out of every dollar of costs. In the run up to the 2011 NSW state government elections there were various undertakings made by the then opposition, Liberal-National Coalition, to increase funding. According … Continue reading NSW Public Libraries Funding Crisis
When the NSW government announced its proposal to sell-off public housing in Millers Point and The Rocks area it sparked a public outrage from residents, tenants advocacy groups and the local council. The announcement was made on March 19 and according to the media release issued by MP Pru Goward, Minister for Family and Community … Continue reading Public housing residents relocation – “They are about mobilising high value real estates” expert says.
As the asylum seekers debate continues to dominate Australia's political landscape the voice of the people who seek asylum is rarely heard. Often their method of arrival becomes a topic of discussion while their plight is sidelined. This short documentary is about the plight of the Hazara people. Predominantly from Afghanistan large communities are living … Continue reading Hazara
2013 marks the 41st anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Australia and China. China has become Australia's two-way major trading partner with trade valued over $100 billion. But long before 1972, the relationship between these two nations was built not by politicians but rather by ordinary Australians. They changed the makeup of Australian society as … Continue reading Australian Love Story
A decision made by the High Court of Australia recently in the Bugmy vs The Queen marks a step towards reducing the number of Aboriginal Australians in prison. The court ruled that the experiences of aboriginal people must be considered before handing down sentences. The Australian Institute of Criminology's Deaths in custody in Australia to 30 June 2011 … Continue reading Over representation of Aboriginal Australians in prison
Recently a NSW Parliamentary Committee recommends that cannabis be legally allowed for terminally ill patients after it receives over 100 submissions from the public. The NSW Council for Civil Liberties, CCL, is one of the organisations that makes a submission to the committee. This podcast is a Q&A with Stephen Blanks, the secretary of NSW CCL. … Continue reading Marijuana legalisation for medical use
“The towel dropped from his waist and he took his hardening penis in one hand and told me – calmly, slowly, confidently – what he was going to do with it. I became ageless and mindless.” The audience in the Sydney Theatre - Richard Wherrett Studio hung on Emily Maguire’s every word as she read … Continue reading Bad girls, good writing