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Smoke haze from the bushfires in NSW drifted over Sydney on November 12. Paul Braven/AAP

How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?

Smoke from the bushfires has impacted air quality in affected and surrounding areas. To minimise any health risks, people with pre-existing medical conditions should take extra care.
Inside a strip search booth used at music festivals. New research has found strip searches have increased 20 fold in the last 12 years. Obtained by Redfern Legal Centre from NSW Police Force under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW)

Unlawful strip searches are on the rise in NSW and police aren’t being held accountable

In a non-policing context, having to perform such acts would be a serious assault. This is why strip searches are meant to be a last resort and only used in serious and urgent circumstances.
The recent decriminalisation debates in Australia have included a new focus on partial restrictions on abortions – a strategy that has been very successful in many US states. Joel Carrett/AAP

How the US right-to-life movement is influencing the abortion debate in Australia

The Australian right-to-life movement is tiny compared to the US, but its recent adoption of US-style campaign strategies has given it an outsize voice in the debate here.
The extra $1 billion Premier Gladys Berejiklian (left) and Social Housing Minister Pru Goward say will be ‘harnessed’ for social housing is actually Commonwealth Rent Assistance for which tenants transferred to community housing providers become eligible. Simon Bullard/AAP

‘Growth’ of community housing may be an illusion. The cost-shifting isn’t

For the first time a state government housing agency has effectively contracted out all its operations in some regions, but will this improve and add to the total social housing stock?
Practically, it must be recognised that full inclusion can only be achieved through a planned transition. Shutterstock

NSW could lead the way in educating students with a disability

Other states have had recent smaller inquiries, but the NSW inquiry into the education of children with a disability was across all systems, and could lead best practice nationally.
While people in WA might be spending less, there remains segments of the population that are vulnerable to intense cost of living pressures. shutterstock

Sydney the most expensive capital in Australia, Perth comes in fifth: new report

Households in NSW spend the most and WA households the least in Australia, but there are segments of WA who are feeling the bite more acutely in cost of living.
The goal of healthy built environments has been missing from the NSW planning agenda for too long. from www.shutterstock.com

The mysterious disappearance of health from New South Wales planning laws

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?
Some homeless youth facing criminal charges in NSW are being accommodated in prisons. Adrian Fallace/flikr

NSW bail laws mean well but are landing homeless kids in prison

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.
Rural and regional policy must be made in context, not in isolation. AAP/Lukas Coch

Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all

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.

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