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.
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.
There was movement in the nation, for the word had passed around
That the dolt whom all regret was led astray,
And had joined the wild right-wingers - he was worth a million pound,
So all the banks had gathered to the fray.
Eurydice Dixon was not murdered by just one man, her death came at the hands of all men, as we continue to fail to overcome our violent tendencies, and the culture of toxic masculinity that permeates society at all levels. We are responsible. We must do better.
Yellow journalism represents a corruption of journalistic integrity, sacrificing legitimate news for manufactured sensationalism. Rarely is it more evident than in the newsrooms of the Murdoch media empire, yet in this election a surprisingly large number of Australian media outlets have fallen prey to the clickbait tendencies of the yellow press.
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