Category: On The Agenda

Unpredictable and unaffordable

When it comes to house prices, only one thing is certain: we know nothing. The housing market is extremely unpredictable and for most Sydney-siders, unaffordable. Look no further than the North Shore for an example of this. Stephanie Stefanovic reports. Recently, NSW Treasurer Joe Hockey faced immense criticism after declaring that “if housing were unaffordable in Sydney, no one would be buying it”. He advised would-be home buyers to “get a good job that pays good money”. For many Sydney residents, though, it’s just not that simple. According to the Urban Development Index of Australia, the increase in the...

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What’s on? 19-21 June

What’s on in your area this weekend? Chatswood Organic Food Market Where: Chatswood Public School, Cnr Pacific Hwy and Centennial Ave, Chatswood, NSW 2057, Sydney When: Saturday 20 June 2015 8:00am – 1:00pm Cost: Free Contact: The Chatswood Organic Food Market will be held on Saturday with offers of fresh fruit and veg, artisan bread and great coffee. Marvel Superheroes at Madame Tussauds Where: Madame Tussauds, Aquarium Pier, Sydney When: Friday 19 June 2015 – Monday 31 August 2015 Cost: From $19.60 Contact: Madame Tussauds has officially launched a Marvel Super Hero Zone that features all your...

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Climate report says Australia is at risk

A new report from the Climate Council Institute has outlined the dangers of growing global temperatures and the risks Australia faces. Hope William-Smith reports. If you have been wondering what is behind Sydney’s unusual weather, a recent report from the Climate Council may help shed some light. There has already been a recorded increase in global temperature in recent years, making extreme weather events in Australia significantly worse. The number of hot days have doubled in the last 50 years and freak weather occurrences, such as the recent Sydney storms have increased noticeably in recent years. The Climate Council...

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Local members deliver inaugural speeches

Two members of Parliament from very different parts of Sydney delivered their inaugural speeches this week. Member for Newtown Jenny Leong and Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens both took the floor to outline their goals and commitments to their respective communities. Christian Berechree reports. Mr Henskens’ speech began on a deeply personal note, recounting a chilling story about his father’s experiences during WWII. Mr Henskens explained how his father held German officers at gunpoint and ordered them to surrender. “It took about 65 years after those events for my father to fully tell me that story,” Mr Henskens said....

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No Fracking Way

FRACKING (noun): The process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc. so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas,” – Oxford Dictionary. Kieran Gair discusses the latest Australian documentary, Frackman (2014), and how it adds fuel to the fire of the already contentious debate. “I wasn’t born into this kind of thing. I used to cut down trees, drive a diesel four-wheel drive and harvest kangaroos. I’m the worst environmental activist this world’s ever seen,” says Australia’s most unlikely environmental crusader, Dayne Pratzky. But Dayne is exactly the kind of man the...

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