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THE HONEST BROKER

THE HONEST BROKER | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
If there is one stand out politician in this Parliament, it has to be Tony Windsor.
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A view of Tony Windsor without the Murdoch influence

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Grandmother continues Bolivia Hill fight - Tenterfield Star

Grandmother continues Bolivia Hill fight - Tenterfield Star | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
Grandmother continues Bolivia Hill fight
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“I've spoken to an undertaker in Tenterfield who has told me he believes the number could maybe be closer to 50,” she said.
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I met this lady during the recent by-election. She convinced me of the urgency for the Bolivia Hill work to be done.

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Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism
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Watch this video and learn how Murdoch operates. What do you think is happening right now in the Australian media?

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Climate Code Red: Climate News

Climate Code Red: Climate News | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
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For those of you who are interested in accurate data on what climate change means for us.

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Widow's despair over park shooting

Widow's despair over park shooting | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
Tim Barlass talks to the wife of a man fatally shot while hunting in a national park.
Katherine Nicholson's insight:

The shoddy deal by the NSW government with the Shooters and Fishers will result in policy unacceptable to the majority of voters and dangerous to our communities

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'Weak' councils a $28m burden - Armidale Express

'Weak' councils a $28m burden - Armidale Express | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
'Weak' councils a $28m burden
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Armidale Dumaresq Council has spoken out against being amalgamated with Uralla, Guyra and Walcha local government areas.
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Big national debates sink in the sands of ignorance

Big national debates sink in the sands of ignorance | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
If voters don't care about a strong foundation of fact, why would politicians?
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We cant afford austerity in Australia. There is no excuse in the wholesale destruction of public services.

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Myall Creek Massacre remembered - ABC Local

Myall Creek Massacre remembered
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Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians have gathered to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Myall Creek Massacre, between Bingara and Inverell.
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New director for TAFE New England - Tamworth Country Life

New director for TAFE New England - Tamworth Country Life | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
TAFE New England has welcomed a new institute director replacing Paul Callaghan who recently retired after holding the position for five years.
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It will be interesting to see how Alison Wood fares in this job. Of course she is only acting, until the masters in Sydney see if she is going to do their bidding

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Logging national parks won't save timber industry

Logging national parks won't save timber industry | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
It should be hardly surprising that a NSW Parliament upper house committee dominated by Shooters and Fishers, National and Liberal MPs would propose logging national parks.
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After watching 4 Corners on ABC on the Shooters last night, I wonder how far the O"Farrell government will go to placate them

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Warning of tough budget as Baird points to fall in revenue

Warning of tough budget as Baird points to fall in revenue | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
Treasurer Mike Baird has warned state government revenues have been "soft" for months, setting the scene for a tight NSW budget this month.
Katherine Nicholson's insight:

sounds like the NSW government is getting ready to announce more public sector spending cuts. These Apostles of Austerity will see the gap between haves and have nots widen in NSW. Every household runs on some debt. Do you have a mortgage? It is an investment in your future wealth and security.

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No money but big ideas: NSW's magic pudding

No money but big ideas: NSW's magic pudding | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
The NSW Government Creative Industries Plan aims to grow the creative sector without public investment. (Fund #TAFE art http://t.co/E0YUZPLkNa)
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Fund Fine Art at TAFE please Premier

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The Not So Clever Country : MGSE

The Not So Clever Country : MGSE | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
Melbourne Graduate School of Education (RT @Brotherhoodinfo: 'Early childhood, school, TAFE and university education are the 4 pillars of personal, social & economic prosperity': http://t.co/xtJjN8MTK1)...
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Labor's last days? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Labor's last days? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
As parliament is about to sit for its final two weeks before the election, Independent Member for New England, Tony Windsor, discusses the performance of the minority Labor government.
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Good frank interview with Windsor

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Council needs independent auditor - Tenterfield Star

Council needs independent auditor
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Weather · Your 4-day local weather forecast · Tenterfield Star · TV Guide · Check out what's coming up on TV! Wednesday June 12, 2013. Larger / SmallerNight Mode.
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Shift to VET licensing system

Shift to VET licensing system | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
The Australian    |     13 June 2013 Registered Training Organisations face tougher regulation after tertiary education ministers approved a shift from registration to licensing. Under the change, ...

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Katherine Nicholson's insight:

Regulation will not stop the growth of a shonky vocational education market of questionable quality, at the expense of TAFE.The regulatory agency is under-resourced and now must operate on a cost recovery basis. This is a cosmetic exercise intended to make the bitter pill go down more easily.

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, June 17, 2013 7:22 PM

the changes to the regulatory environment are cosmetic and will have no impact on preventing the race to the bottom in quality that privates focused on profit first will deliver. The regulator is understaffed and has to move to full cost recovery of its services shortly.

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Thunderbolts Way $4million upgrade - Gloucester Advocate

Thunderbolts Way $4million upgrade
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... England, but it has become so badly damaged by storms that some drivers are choosing longer alternative routes,” Mr Windsor said.
Katherine Nicholson's insight:

Good to see the money for this upgrade from the Federal Government and I have travelled it twice in the last two weeks. Please look out for wombats when you are driving!

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Fracking Is Already Straining U.S. Water Supplies

Fracking Is Already Straining U.S. Water Supplies | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
As the level of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in the United States has intensified in recent years, much of the mounting public concern has centered on fears that underground water supplies could be contaminated with the toxic chemicals...
Katherine Nicholson's insight:

We are the driest continent. If fracking is a problem in the US then it is  certainly so in Australia. The chemical options are also dangerous, precautionary principle should apply.

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Plans for a TAFE Trade Training School "way before their time". - ABC Online (blog)

Plans for a TAFE Trade Training School "way before their time".
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Do you remember the excitement and competition that built up in Gunnedah and Narrabri last year around hopes for a TAFE Trades Training School?
Katherine Nicholson's insight:

Forward planning that includes the needs of our community and our industry is just too much to ask if it involves investing in TAFE.

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Ashford education issues cause concern - Tenterfield Star

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Ashford education issues cause concern
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Ashford, Bundarra and Emmaville central schools face losing their access to the Dubbo distance education program at the end of the year.
Katherine Nicholson's insight:

I have emailled to follow up on this issue. will let you know as soon as I get a response.

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Queensland TAFEs to lose their assets

Queensland TAFEs to lose their assets | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
QUEENSLAND TAFEs will be stripped of their assets under a "reform action plan" to be announced today by training minister John-Paul Langbroek. (Queensland TAFEs to lose their assets | The Australian - i.e.
Katherine Nicholson's insight:

So assets owned by the taxpayer are to be stripped away and TAFE will be made to pay for its own premises in competition with private providers who do not pay appropriate wages or provide sufficienct student support services. If it is happening in QLD, it is only a matter of time before the NSW Government attempts to move this way. It has already been mooted by the privates

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Old enemies unite to avert NSW gas crisis

Old enemies unite to avert NSW gas crisis | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
AN unusual alliance of employer and union groups has joined the oil and gas industry in a push to get the NSW government to change highly restrictive policies, which they warn will lead to higher prices and shortages.
Katherine Nicholson's insight:

watch this space. Even our towns arent safe now from the manufactured gas crisis driving CSG. NSW government needs to invest urgently in the ever cheaper sustainables. If China can produce 25% of its hot water from solar, then surely we can.

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Are Labor and the Coalition now just political cartels?

Are Labor and the Coalition now just political cartels? | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
In a two-part study, Deputy editor, Sandi Keane examines recent claims about the cartelization of Labor and LNP. Part 1 – Tracking the Transition.
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some reasons to vote for independents

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Miners will take over NSW, say lawyers - Agriculture - General - News - The Land

Miners will take over NSW, say lawyers - Agriculture - General - News - The Land | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
IN A decade’s time, the Queensland centre of Dalby will be unrecognisable as a farming community, according to Darling Downs lawyer Peter Shannon.
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"it is up to the landholders themselves to make sure their industry is looked after". Agriculture - critical to survival of our region. Let's demand government protect it!

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Marshall straight to work - Glen Innes Examiner

Marshall straight to work - Glen Innes Examiner | Let's keep the NSW Coalition government accountable on the Northern Tablelands. | Scoop.it
Marshall straight to work
Glen Innes Examiner
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Katherine Nicholson's insight:

Well Adam, Let's hope you take a serious interest in what is happening to TAFE in New England and waiting to hear how you go on the Ashford, Bundarra, Emmaville HSC issue

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