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NSW Labor has laid the foundation for desperately needed public housing reform

Labor Leader Chris Minns’ best intentions will be pointless unless the State Opposition puts strong supporting walls around a system that’s in terminal decline, thanks to a decade of ruthless privatisation. Under Labor’s plan three existing agencies will be merged to create the one-stop Homes NSW, combining the Land and Housing Corporation, Aboriginal Housing Office and Department of Communities and Justice Housing. Bringing them under…

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In this Sydney suburb, one in three homes is empty

There are 164,624 empty homes in Sydney, yet we have a five-figure waiting list for public housing. In the latest in our Unseen Sydney series, experts say solving the city’s housing crisis will not be simple. Barney Gardner watched as his once-bustling, working-class suburb of Millers Point was turned into extravagantly renovated townhouses and rows of empty holiday homes. “Just about all of them are…

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150 good reasons why these Taronga staff are wild about their zoo - Sunday Telegraph 15 Jan 2023

Zookeepers, a maintenance worker, and veterinary staff are among a select group of employees celebrating major milestones at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo as it enters its 107th year.   Colleagues Paul Davies, Lindsay Clayton, Tim Grul and Sarah Male will each mark an important working anniversary within the next 12 months as they continue their work in wildlife conservation. The group collectively share well over 150…

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What is going on in Australia’s gas market explained - AFR 1 August 2022

The competition regulator has effectively accused big gas exporters of failing to supply enough gas to the domestic market. Gas producers disagree. Here’s what you need to know. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has effectively accused big gas exporters of failing to supply enough gas to the domestic market. It wants the federal government to stop the exporters selling “excess” gas – or gas that isn’t…

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Do your ‘duty’ and go back to office - Daily Telegraph 7 Feb 2022

BRINGING workers back into the city is a “civic duty” that will benefit the community both “socially and economically,” Premier Dominic ­Perrottet says. In a bid to recapture the energy of the CBD, Mr Perrottet will convene a high-powered roundtable of government, business and community leaders on Friday to kickstart the city’s Covid recovery. The Daily Telegraph can reveal that the state government’s third Sydney…

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