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South Coast Correctional Centre officer punched in face by inmate - Illawarra Mercury 30/11/19

South Coast Correctional Centre officer punched in face by inmate - Illawarra Mercury 30/11/19

Two prison guards at the South Coast Correctional Centre had to be treated at Shoalhaven District Hospital after being injured by a minimum-security inmate earlier in the week. Corrective Services NSW has confirmed an inmate struck a correctional officer in the face during an unprovoked attack around 12.45pm on Tuesday, November 26. Sources have told the South Coast Register the guard was coward punched and…

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Safety in numbers: As a horror fire season looms, firefighters are struggling to attract new volunteers - SMH 15/11/19

Safety in numbers: As a horror fire season looms, firefighters are struggling to attract new volunteers - SMH 15/11/19

It's a similar line to that pushed by Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro in Parliament on Wednesday, as he lit the fuse on a brawl over staffing levels inside the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Barilaro implied that the NPWS had not done enough to reduce fuel loads in the bush, prompting a counter-attack from the Public Service Association which said the organisation had…

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NSW govt accused of fuelling fires by slashing number of park rangers - Sky News 15/11/19

NSW govt accused of fuelling fires by slashing number of park rangers - Sky News 15/11/19

Public Service Association (PSA) Assistant General Secretary Troy Wright says he can “categorically state” that the NSW Government cut the number of park rangers who carry out hazard reduction burns in the lead up to the fire tragedy which took hold of the state this week. A public feud erupted this week between the PSA and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro after he said the…

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian challenged on ranger cuts - The Australian 13/11/19

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian challenged on ranger cuts - The Australian 13/11/19

A former national parks ranger who lost his job in a restructure has challenged Gladys Berejiklian to deny her government has cut 100 rangers since coming to office in 2011 — making hazard-reduction burns less frequent. Both the NSW Premier and Deputy Premier John Barilaro took to radio on Wednesday to deny there were fewer field staff doing hazard-reduction burns after the Public Service Association…

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Parks and Wildlife funding cuts in the spotlight as NSW Nationals play the blame game - The Mandarin 13/11/19

Parks and Wildlife funding cuts in the spotlight as NSW Nationals play the blame game - The Mandarin 13/11/19

The New South Wales deputy premier and the agriculture minister both say the National Parks and Wildlife Service did not do enough in the lead-up to the bushfire season, but the public sector union says the government has “crippled” the agency with budget cuts and restructuring. Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro told The Australian the NPWS had failed to carry out enough backburning. At state…

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