Early intervention via education and training is a proven way to stop unemployed youth becoming unemployable adults.
Early intervention via education and training will cost money straight up. But it makes no sense to watch young people drift through unemployment and disengagement and turn into unemployable adults.
Many people in culturally diverse populations in Western Sydney have lived in Australia for many years, if not several generations.
Reasoned debates on sustainable migration intake levels are important. But transport and health infrastructure shortfalls in Western Sydney won't be solved by reactive anti-immigration attitudes.
Building the hotbox dream: another housing development in Western Sydney.
Extreme heat divides people from the environment and from each other. So with the rapid densification of our cities, what kind of legacies are we building for future generations?
Increasing access to health data and more readily available analytical tools offer some opportunities to tackle the ever-growing rates of obesity.
Enshrining the need for planning healthy built environments in legislation will help ensure the fundamental role planners have to play in facilitating healthy lifestyles.
Central Queensland University and James Cook University are part of the Townsville City Deal signed by three tiers of government in December 2016.
Universities can lead the way in creating opportunities for the economic development of regional cities and outer metropolitan areas under new City Deals.
Malcolm Turnbull expects the second Sydney airport to inject more than $1.9 billion into the economy during construction.
The federal government has confirmed it will build Sydney's second airport after the Sydney Airport Group announced it would not take up its right of first refusal to construct and operate it.
The uncertainties about the new Badgerys Creek airport in Western Sydney are raising many questions that only good governance can resolve.
Building a second Sydney airport will be a demanding engineering project. But the real challenge will be one of governance needed to choreograph the mix of old and new city that will surround it.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian needs to shed the Treasury view of housing construction as a silver bullet and back former premier Mike Baird’s social and affordable housing program.
The new NSW premier is right to identify housing affordability as a priority for the people and economy of Sydney. It's not just housing supply that's the problem – action is needed on many fronts.
Ethnic voters will be important players in at least ten very close seats in NSW and Victoria.
What’s 'the ethnic vote' going to do in the top-ten ethnic federal election marginal seats? What are the issues? And will specific groups vote as a bloc?
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham meet with students in the western Sydney seat of Lindsay.
Sure, western Sydney hosts a slew of marginal seats, but it is also a powerful metaphor for the concerns of middle Australia.
Long before the election was called, Labor leader Bill Shorten was in Eden-Monaro talking about the cost of living.
Superannuation, health and child care are among the issues that are likely to matter most to voters in the bellwether NSW seats of Eden-Monaro, Robertson and Lindsay.
Malcolm Turnbull made an early campaign visit to western Sydney with Liberal MP Fiona Scott.
Changing political and social demographics mean no-one is able to take the complex and diverse western Sydney region for granted.
Central to Sydney’s congestion problem is the journey-to-work rat race in the city’s western suburbs like Blacktown.
Sydney, as a whole, is lurching toward an urban structure where its transportation problems are impossible to solve. The only alternative is to create new centres of employment.
Poverty porn produces abjectifying images of the poor for privileged gratification.
The more privileged of us swear, fart and take drugs, just like the less privileged portrayed in the SBS show Struggle Street. But they don’t have exploitive documentaries being made about them.
Western Sydney needs a science centre such as Questacon to help engage young people with science, technology and engineering.
A science centre in Western Sydney would help young people engage with science and promote STEM in Sydney's fastest growing region.
Premier Mike Baird and Communities Minister Victor Dominello have vigorously pursued their vision for peak body Multicultural NSW.
Multicultural issues are stirring in NSW. They range from education, aged care and health through to political rights to commemorate unresolved overseas conflicts.
Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum is reportedly for sale – and a new museum is planned in the west.
NSW Premier Mike Baird is not the first politician to realise the political value of supporting the arts in western Sydney – and his current tilt at the west is well advised.
The slow pre-dawn commute on the M5 from western Sydney is more than a pain for these drivers: it comes at a high social and economic cost.
Our new analysis reveals nearly a third of full-time workers in Sydney commutes for more than 10 hours a week. Those workers are spending almost three full weeks a year just to get to and from work.
Development is underway all around Sydney harbour – but has the public interest been well served?
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The major political parties seem captive to an ideologically driven obsession to privatise public spaces – including the Powerhouse Museum site in Ultimo and other harbour-front sites.
The new waterfront in Australian literature: Parramatta.
Despite boasting a population of 2 million people – more than South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT combined – Western Sydney has, to date, had little impact on the literary pulse…