The goal of healthy built environments has been missing from the NSW planning agenda for too long.
The health impacts of urban and regional planning are undisputed. So why did the NSW government adopt and then discard health objectives as part of state planning legislation?
The Elvis Express travels from Sydney to Parkes for a festival, now in its 25th year, that has transformed the town.
Outside the capital cities and the coastal fringes, the towns and people of rural and regional Australia have had to be inventive to get through the tough times.
Some homeless youth facing criminal charges in NSW are being accommodated in prisons.
Homeless children charged in NSW with a criminal offence who are unable to meet bail conditions are being kept in custody. It's due, in part, to a well-meant but flawed section of the Bail Act.
Despite dozens of trials internationally, the evidence on medical cannabis is unconvincing.
NSW is about to embark on the largest and most definitive clinical trial ever of medicinal cannabis for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Rural and regional policy must be made in context, not in isolation.
It's time for a fresh look at community and policy development in rural and regional NSW – one that recognises that doing things differently will deliver benefits to urban populations as well.
A helping hand for school children from disadvantaged backgrounds would yield economic benefits for NSW.
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Evidence suggests early intervention to improve educational opportunities for low-income kids yields impressive long term results -- but we need to use better evaluation methods to know what works.
Australians do business with a title office only a couple of times in their lives – when they buy and sell their homes, for instances.
Privatisation has its advantages. But Australia’s title offices may not necessarily be the right government businesses to be privatised.
More than 60% of Australian households include at least one companion animal, which are seen as family members by 88% of these.
With a majority of households having pets and growing numbers living in apartments, a review of regulations on keeping animals in such communities is timely.
Urban plans that consider health and well-being must be part of integrative planning policies.
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Urban planning aims to create cities that support healthy and productive communities, and the success in putting health on the NSW planning agenda offers lessons in achieving better integrated policy.
One of the most dangerous times in an abusive relationship is when it ends – which was when Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-partner.
Giving people the right to ask about their partner’s history of domestic violence sounds like a good idea – but there are good reasons why Rosie Batty and others have raised concerns.
NSW Premier Mike Baird applauds Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian – but has her first budget hit the mark?
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Gladys Berejiklian's first budget as NSW Treasurer includes some infrastructure goodies but misses an opportunity to reduce the state's reliance on property taxes.
Long Bay Correctional Centre was dubbed the ‘Long Bay Hilton’ by ‘tough on crime’ advocates whose campaigns helped fill prison cells to overflowing.
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Most crime in NSW has been declining since the early 2000s, and the state's current murder rate is half what it was in 1988. So why is the NSW prison population growing?
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.
In the countdown to the March 28 New South Wales election, social media is a key battleground for persuading swinging voters.
Given the history on privatisation in NSW, and facing a more emotionally powerful campaign, the Baird government is actually doing pretty well to be closing in on polling day in a winning position.
Security experts discovered that the iVote practice server was vulnerable to tampering; after checking that the same weakness affected the real voting server, they alerted the authorities.
Vanessa Teague and Alex Halderman
UPDATED 3PM: The NSW Electoral Commission has now publicly commented on the security flaw we uncovered. But we're concerned that it does not seem to understand the serious implications of this attack.
Being arrested does not make a person guilty and deserving of punishment; that’s what a trial determines.
Courts make hundreds of bail decisions every week but we rarely hear about them. In the past month in New South Wales, however, we have heard much about three high-profile decisions granting bail to: Steven…
Are archaic laws getting in the way of Australians enjoying the beach?
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We commonly assume that Australians have a fundamental right to access the vast array of beautiful beaches that fringe our continent. But as sea levels rise, these assumptions are being put into question…
The university was worried the student would not practice medicine safely even if she completed her degree.
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A recent discrimination case has highlighted the difficulty of balancing the rights of disabled medical students with the rights of the community to safe medical and health care. In the BKY v The University…
Could Australia have large solar farms like this one in New York?
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The recent start of construction on the first of two large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in outback New South Wales shows the importance of renewable energy targets and funding. The first…
Heat relief: on hot days, flying foxes - like this grey-headed flying fox - dip their bellies into water to cool down.
This summer we have seen one of the most dramatic animal die-offs ever recorded in Australia: at least 45,500 flying foxes dead on just one extremely hot day in southeast Queensland, according to our new…