The Planning Pen’s Power

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In Sydney’s current property market, a rezoning or development consent from the Minister can substantially increase the value of land.  And if you own enough land in a designated urban growth area you could be become significantly wealthy very quickly, all with the stroke of a Ministerial pen.

By Anoulack Chanthivong

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100 years on from the 1917 Strike

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100 years ago a group of angry workers downed tools and walked out of the Randwick Tramsheds and Eveleigh Carriageworks, triggering one of the most significant industrial actions in Australian history.

By Alex Claassens, Secretary of the Rail Tram and Buses Union

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Sell-offs, Sugar Hits, and Debt

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By Ryan Park MP, Shadow Treasurer

The NSW Coalition Government has sold off billions of dollars of public assets and are creating huge structural problems for the NSW budget.

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Reskilling NSW by stopping the Tory war on TAFE

By Prue Car MP Shadow Minister for Skills

TAFE must be brought back to the once world class institution that we know it has the capacity to be. Young people need a Government that recognises TAFE as a credible and trusted pathway which can lead to a successful job.

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Value Capture and Sustainable Infrastructure

 

By Michael Daley

Sydney is home to 4 million people. By 2031 it is predicted to be a city of 6 million. Within the lifetime of most of the people reading this, we will see Sydney grow to a city of 8 million people – the size of London today.

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Brexit, Trump, and Hanson: The Turning Point in Modern Politics

By Mark Morey

The contemporary political challenge is confronting. Rules which appeared unbreakable for decades are suddenly looking flimsy. The economic and behavioural theories that underpinned it are being found wanting.

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The Hardest Thing I Ever Did - Keating and Native Title

By Michael Lee

Twenty-five years ago, only two months after being elected Labor Leader, Paul Keating stood in the House of Representatives, to deliver an address that outlined Labor’s economic plan to build infrastructure to grow the nation out of recession.

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New Thinking (and Funding) Required on Domestic Violence

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"It is time to start a conversation which includes practitioners across the field...and to start calculating the real costs to our health and community welfare system."


- Member for Maitland, Jenny Aitchison MP

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Labor and Small Business

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“The Liberal Party are the party of small business.” We hear this tired old line trotted out by our political opponents election after election. It has no substance, no policy to back it up, just an empty statement of good intentions."

- Member for Rockdale, Steve Kamper MP

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Addressing inequality is the challenge of our generation

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"But the ideal of a fair go is withering under a direct assault from the Liberal Party and neo-liberal economics, who have rigged the game in favour of the big end of town and a tiny elite."

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