Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is expected to hand down the first surplus in a decade on Tuesday, and according to the Coalition, this is a key sign of a flourishing economy. Despite this, Blacktown Hospital is so critically underfunded that entire wards are remaining closed due to the lack of staff, and staff across the state have claimed that it’s not the only hospital facing such a desperate shortage.
After any electoral defeat, there is always a brief period of analysis where blame is attributed to anyone foolish enough to be involved in politics, with major parties and candidates turning their focus outward because of course it's the fault of everyone but themselves.
Blacktown Hospital is so critically underfunded that entire wards are being closed due to the lack of staff, and it's not the only NSW hospital facing such a desperate shortage. Very few NSW voters would be shocked to hear that the staffing levels in hospitals are inadequate, but the reality of the situation suggests that NSW Health is on the brink of collapse.
Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in politics is very aware of "dirt units", and how the major parties deploy lies, gossip, and spin against opponents and smaller parties that are posing a threat. Furthermore, all claims of preference deals are false, voters make the choice as to where and how preferences flow and have done in NSW since 2003.
The debate around drug use in NSW has gone beyond a joke. We've hit a point where the Premier and her government would rather see young people die than consider sensible policy.
In the wake of the overdose deaths at the Defqon.1 electronic dance music festival in Penrith this last weekend, it's worth taking some time to consider what solutions exist to prevent such deaths and related injuries in the future.
Our brave reporter sets out on a journey of self-discovery as a routine trip home turns into a waking nightmare aboard a suburban train. Life will never be the same.
Remember the glory days of Australian politics? When hating the Greens was as Australian as disparaging Asians or beating your wife? When most people voted based on ill-informed loyalties rather than the policies of those they elected? A time when the media had yet to expose the self-serving antics of State MPs and the public … Continue reading It’s Not Easy Being Green
Last week I wrote about a five-year-old boy in hospital dying from chicken pox. He passed away a few days ago. This tragic event should have been avoided. Instead, the public health system and broader society let him down and we must all feel responsible for the deplorable death of an innocent child. He spent close … Continue reading UPDATE: Vaccinate Your Goddamned Kids
There lies an inherent danger in voting for minority parties in the state election next year. The largest problem is that for many of the small parties in next year's election, their needs would be better served as a lobby group; in fact, the Australian Cyclists Party IS a lobby group, one that is seeking … Continue reading NSW Election 2015: Small Parties, Smaller Minds