Turnbull son spoke with ALP after knifing

Just days after his father was deposed as prime minister, Alex Turnbull asked the Labor candidate hoping to become the next member for Wentworth “What can I do to help?”.
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Tim Murray says he contacted his friend Alex Turnbull shortly after Malcolm Turnbull lost the Liberal leadership to Scott Morrison.

“He said ‘What can I do to help?’ and I said ‘Oh I’m not sure it’s early days’ and then boom off he went,” Mr Murray told AAP on Monday.

Alex Turnbull took to Twitter to encourage people to donate to the Labor Party ahead of the Wentworth by-election saying it’s the best “bang for the buck” they’ll get.

He is also sharing ALP campaign material via social media.

“I was surprised at the end of the day – I think that’s had a really big impact on people,” Mr Murray said.

“Alex is a pretty independent thinker just like his dad. I doubt Malcolm is feeling a lot of love for the Liberal party at the moment.”

Malcolm Turnbull says his son is entitled to express his own political views.

“Now that he’s no longer the son of the prime minister, he’s able to express his views on all sorts of issues in a way that he hasn’t been before,” Mr Turnbull told the Seven Network in New York.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was reluctant to comment on Alex Turnbull’s intervention when quizzed on Sunday but eventually stated: “It strikes me as a democracy.”

While still favourites to retain the seat in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, the Liberals face a battle in Wentworth, with a recent opinion poll placing them even with Labor on a two-party preferred basis.

The Liberal Party pre-selection battle is a three-way contest.

Former Business Council of executive director and same-sex marriage campaigner Andrew Bragg is considered the favourite. AAP understands he’s the moderates’ consensus candidate.

Former Wentworth MP Peter King – who lost the seat to Malcolm Turnbull in 2004 – and David Sharma, ‘s former ambassador to Israel, are also in the running.

City of Sydney councillor Kerryn Phelps is considering whether to stand as an independent.

Tony Abbott’s sister, Christine Forster, won’t run for Liberal preselection after the Sydney councillor’s short-lived campaign was said to be creating division within the party.

“That is not the case, but to avoid any such perception, I will be standing aside and giving my full support to the successful candidate,” she posted on Facebook on Monday.

Former prime minister Mr Turnbull formally resigned on Friday. A by-election date is yet to be set but will likely be in mid-October.

Could fake news infect the Victorian election?

Andrew Kilmartin in Buninyong. Picture Luka KauzlaricIt was a bad stumble by a political novice who, in his first interview as Liberal candidate for Buninyong, let slip the Coalition’s secret plan to frack for gas in Victoria.
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“We will allow gas fracking, which is going to be good,” 31-year-old Andrew Kilmartin told a reporter from The Courier.

Gas fracking involves injecting water and chemicals into the earth to extract gas and is electoral poison in the regions, opposed by farming and environmental lobby groups alike.

So Labor pounced.

Kilmartin had “let the cat out of the bag,” the Andrews government said, “and confirmed that the Liberals will reverse Victoria’s ban on fracking the first chance they get.”

Labor MPs from Premier Daniel Andrews down promptly posted the video footage of Kilmartin’s policy fumble on their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.

“Next time the Coalition claims to care about the health of our farmlands – don’t believe them. We banned fracking. They will reverse it,” Andrews posted on Facebook, where he has more than half a million followers.

Except that it isn’t true.

The Coalition voted with Labor in 2016 in favour of the fracking ban and this week said “the Liberal Nationals support the ban on fracking”.

Kilmartin, who was visibly nervous in the interview, corrected himself almost immediately and apologised. The Courier did not run with a story at the time because in the live facebook interview he corrected himself.

“Ah no fracking, sorry,” he said.

Labor snipped that part of the interview out, in an act Kilmartin labelled a “dirty trick”.

You can watch the full video here.

Social media, particularly Facebook, has emerged as a powerful tool for politicians, who can use it to project their message to voters without filtering it through journalists.

This week, the Andrews government bypassed print, TV and radio and used Andrews’ Facebook page to break the news of what might be the defining promise of November’s election: its pledge to build the 90-kilometre, $50 billion suburban rail loop.

“It’s a devastatingly effective way of communicating, because they are presenting the message they want to present, without having to go through the filtration of news processes they had to go through in the past,” said Zareh Ghazarian, a lecturer in politics and international relations at Monash University.

But social media’s unfiltered nature also makes it a means to spread misinformation.

Did you know, for example, that the Andrews government has “quietly been developing secret plans to reduce lanes on the Monash Freeway to build bike paths and urban forest”.

You might have read this if you follow the Facebook page of Liberal upper-house MP Gordon Rich-Phillips.

“This government is more concerned about pondering a ‘green utopia’ where you can no longer own your own car than it is about improving your commute to work, and helping you to get home quicker,” Rich-Phillips posted on August 17.

His source was a discussion paper on automated vehicles government agency Infrastructure Victoria put out in August.

Luke Donnellan, Victoria’s Roads Minister, said the claim was false.

“Are you joking?” he said. “What we are doing is putting 36 kilometres of new traffic lanes on the Monash, in addition to the 30 kilometres of new lanes we opened earlier this year.”

With just 1555 followers, Rich-Phillips’ audience is tiny compared with the Premier’s, whose rail loop announcement had reached 1½ million people byThursday.

But despite the extraordinary potential reach of social media, there are no laws governing Victorian politicians’ use of the medium.

A parliamentary inquiry into the impact of social media on Victorian elections found it would be impractical to even try to legislate against misuse.

“Victorian legislation will always struggle to keep pace with technology and how social media is used for political and electoral purposes,” the committee found in its 2014 report.

The Victorian Electoral Commission has no authority to regulate material that seeks to influence the political judgment of voters, online or otherwise.

In a statement, the commission said that the Electoral Act 2002 prohibited the production of electoral material that misleads or deceives in relation to casting a vote.

Dr Ghazarian said there were few examples of Victorian politicians using social media to spread outright lies, despite the absence of regulatory control.

“It’s a new battleground that the parties in have been using generally quite properly because we have struggled to find many clear examples of misinformation,” he said.

The University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre published a digital news report in June, which analysed examples of fake news in .

It argued that in the absence of regulation, the “wisdom of the crowd” might be the best corrective.

“At the collective level, the ‘wisdom of the crowd’, once decried as unreliable, could now be advanced as the means to vet information claims: the Wikipedia model could conceivably be applied in other domains, such as social media channels.”

Kilmartin said he keeps the full video on hand, having been confronted by several people over his assumed support for fracking.

“A number of times in the community I’ve had people approach me and have a go at me about fracking, and I’ve gone to the trouble of showing them the video,” he said.

“Then they become angry that Daniel Andrews has lied to them.”

A government spokesperson wasn’t backing down from the poston Friday, stating: “If given the chance the Liberals would absolutely lift the ban.”

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Kate crowned top royal style influencer

Kate, rather than royal newcomer the Duchess of Sussex, had the biggest impact on shopping habits.The Duchess of Cambridge has taken the crown as this year’s top royal style influencer.
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Kate, rather than royal newcomer the Duchess of Sussex, had the biggest impact on shopping habits, according to eBay’s annual UK Retail Report.

Her maternity style while pregnant with Prince Louis ensured she generated more online searches on eBay than any other royal over the past year.

Searches for tailored maternity coats more than tripled in November 2017, while Kate was expecting her third child.

In April, searches for designer Jenny Packham more than doubled when Kate appeared outside the Lindo Wing in a red Packham smock dress for Prince Louis’s debut.

Throughout the year, Kate’s go-to choices Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen and Seraphine saw a 20 per cent upsurge in searches year-on-year, with as many as 43 searches every hour.

Meghan, who is known for her signature boatneck necklines, came a close second.

Her fashion influencing power peaked at her wedding in May, when the Givenchy dress she wore to marry the Duke of Sussex led to a more than 60 per cent increase in searches for the designer on eBay, hitting 55 an hour.

The former Suits star’s Stella McCartney halter-neck evening wedding dress doubled searches for the brand.

The duchess’s ice-pink off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera dress at Trooping the Colour in June was also popular, with searches for the designer almost doubling.

Princess Charlotte, who was top in 2017, came third, with the flower crown she wore as a bridesmaid at Meghan and Harry’s wedding prompting a 60 per cent increase in searches for similar products on eBay成都夜场招聘.uk.

There was almost a 40 per cent spike in searches for floral print dresses after she wore one to the polo in June.

Charlotte’s five-year-old older brother Prince George was fourth, with his trademark Peter Pan collar shirts inspiring searches throughout the year.

There was a 30 per cent spike in searches for similar outfits on eBay after he appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony in June.

But George trumped his sister in the memorabilia stakes.

The release of a special coin for his fifth birthday in July prompted a surge in listings on eBay, with more than 4300 Prince George-related products on site, compared with around 1700 for Princess Charlotte.

The Queen also made it into the top five royal style influencers.

Media attention on the meaning behind her brooch selections contributed to a renaissance for this traditional piece of jewellery in 2018, according to eBay.

As many as 16 brooches are sold every minute on the site, with an almost 20 per cent increase in searches in February.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who wore demure headwear to the royal wedding, were not placed in this year’s rankings.

Eugenie’s pale blue Fiona Graham pillbox hat and Beatrice’s teal Stephen Jones headband did not spark a discernible rise in searches or sales, eBay said.

On-demand buses and ride-sharing apps are ways Newcastle can become a city with fewer cars

NO PARKING: The demolition earlier this year of the former David Jones car park on King and Perkins street, Newcastle. Picture: Marina NeilPARKING tensions across Newcastle are increasing, as many commuters and businesses struggle to adjust to life without parking. Over the last 12 months, Newcastle has lost hundreds of parking spaces, including the closure of two major car parks, as the city goes through rapid urban renewal to create a sustainable and integrated transport network.
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This has led to many new developments being built with less available parking. For instance, the new Honeysuckle campus for the University of Newcastle has made an allowance onsite for a total of 12 parking spaces, yet it’s set to have more than 6500 people engage with the campus.

This is something we’re going to have to get used to, as the city brings in a new era of sustainable transport, such as active travel, public transport, ride-sharing, and park and ride.

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In order to support the increasing number of people living and commuting into Newcastle, the city needs to ensure it has the right transport solutions in place that can scale with population growth. Building more parking doesn’t necessarily fit this strategy, as it’s an expensive limited solution that takes up critical urban space.

So, what can we expect as the city ushers in a new era of transport?

There are two smart mobility solutions that will change the game when it comes to transportation within the city, enabling greater scalability as well as complementing Newcastle’s current public transport system.

The first is carpooling. The University of Newcastle has adopted a carpooling solution that helps students and staff get from A to B, without increasing congestion and reducing demand for car parking spaces.

Drivers or passengers download an app, put in their destination and the carpooling platform automatically matches them with other students or staff that are along their route. The University of Newcastle encourages people to use the platform by offering fuel vouchers and a guaranteed park upon arrival.

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Not only has this dramatically reduced the number of cars requiring parking, it has also helped reduce congestion and harmful carbon emissions, whilst building companionship among users.

Forward thinking businesses, universities, hospitals and construction firms are implementing this technology, helping them improve commutes whilst reducing congestion and carbon emissions.

The second solution is on-demand buses. On-demand buses provide more flexibility to commuters in the last mile of their travel. Across some areas of Sydney and the Central Coast, these new on-demand buses are already complementing the existing public transport system by connecting more people to the existing transportation hubs.

Essentially, people download an app, request an on-demand bus at a time that suits them to or from their door to a train station or major bus station. By extending the public transport network in this way, it can encourage more people onto public transport and away from using their cars – ultimately reducing the number of vehicles requiring car parking.

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Coupling these two technologies with active travel and public transport, gives travelers more options to get around Newcastle without the need of a car. It provides a scalable and sustainable model to transportation, future-proofing the city from population growth and laying the foundations for a digital, technology-driven transportation future.

It is critical that cities turn to new technologies to help them upgrade their transport solutions. Not only will it help scale their transport options to match population growth, but will also begin to lay the foundations for an autonomous vehicle future.

Kevin Orr is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Liftango

TOM GRIFFITHS: Staff staying the course for higher earning

As the University of Newcastle’s plans for a new campus at nearby Honeysuckle make clear, the University of Newcastle (UON) is an institution on the move.
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But buildings are only a small part of what it takes to make a great university.

It’s the staff who are the heart of the university. As Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen has noted, the “university’s international reputation for excellence… is testament to… hardworking staff.”

But despite talking the talk about the university’s ‘hardworking staff’, management are yet to walk the walk on the reasonable and affordable claims to better support staff.

One example is domestic and family violence leave.An increasing number of universities in NSW now provide 20 days of additional, separate, paid domestic and family violence leave, to support employees.

In contrast, managementexhaust all of their personal leave – including sick leave – before accessing no more than 10 days of domestic and family violence leave.

This is not an expensive claim and domestic and family violence leave will be accessed by a minority of staff, most of whom will be women in dire need.

For people who need it, domestic and family violence leave is a critically important support during whatcan be extremely difficult anddangerous times for them and their children.

What a shining example domestic and family violence leave would set in our region, as part of our public commitment to gender equity, and to addressing this important public issue.

Another example is the insecurity of work at the university.Only one in three jobs at UON isongoing, leaving two thirds of jobs as casual or contracted.

There are many steps management could take to get more of these staff into more secure employment, andat little cost.

At a strike meeting earlier this month, one colleague shared her experience of being employed on annual contracts for 20years! Thishighly valued member of staff,along with many others like her,has lived with high a high level of job insecurity for a major part of her working life.

Is university management truly unable to find a better way to employ staff – ways that provide stability, and which reciprocate the commitment demonstrated by such staff?

Meanwhile, the university is in rude financial health. As the Chancellor noted in June, “we’ve… got a strong balance sheet, there’s no doubt about that.”

The National Tertiary Education Union’s (NTEU) view is that it is time to reset the balance at the University. After all, the way we spend money shows what we do – and don’t – value.

It is in pursuit of goals like these that members of the NTEU have recently taken industrial action, after more than a year of enterprise bargaining.

Incremental steps have been made toward agreement, but there is some way to go.There is a real risk that progress will again stall because of uncertainty and change at senior levels.

The Vice-Chancellor’s departure date has chopped and changed. In 2017, her departure was brought forward to “the end of 2018.” In June this year, a departure date of 4 November was announced.

In August, this jumped forward again to September 21, with an Acting Vice-Chancellorserving in the interim.

Last week thedate was brought forward again – to last week.

Meanwhile, other senior management figures are also leaving, presumably for greener pastures. Management’s bargaining team is led by a Pro Vice-Chancellor who will depart the month after next, and another Pro Vice-Chancellor is slated to depart this month.

The University of Newcastlegeneral counsel’s departurehas also been announced. It is feared this instability at the top may render management’s bargaining team rudderless for the foreseeable future.

This raises the very real prospect that bargaining will be left as unfinished business for the incoming Vice-Chancellor to mop-up when he arrives on campus in November.

The NTEU continues to bargain in good faith, underpinned by its commitment to defending the working conditions of all staff, which ultimately translate into good learning conditions for all students.

We will be staying the course – for as long as it takes.

Associate Professor Tom Griffiths is President of the National Tertiary Education Union, Newcastle Branch

Family ‘traumatised’ over NSW acid murder

The son of murdered Sydney woman Monika Chetty doesn’t believe anyone deserves to die the way his mother did.
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Ms Chetty, 39, died in the burns unit of Concord Hospital in January 2014 some 28 days after she was found in bushland at West Hoxton suffering chemical burns to 80 per cent of her body.

Detectives believe she was doused with acid and, more than four years later, they’re still determined to catch the killer.

Ms Chetty’s 19-year-old son, Daniel, says the family remains traumatised.

“We just want answers,” he said while wiping away tears at a Sydney press conference.

“There are no words to explain. It’s so brutal. You can’t just do that to someone or any living thing.”

Police say Ms Chetty, who was homeless at the time of her death, may have known her attacker and was too frightened to seek medical treatment or report the assault.

In two decades as a policeman, Detective Chief Inspector Dean Johnstone says he’s never seen such “horrific” injuries.

“There is absolutely no doubt she was in extreme pain,” he said on Monday at a public appeal.

“If there’s anyone out there who does have information about this horrendous crime you need to come forward.”

The 39-year-old victim, who’d been estranged from her family since 2010, had been sleeping rough near the bushland reserve where she was found by police.

She repeatedly refused help from people and instead only sought cash, leading police to believe she was under pressure to provide money to someone at the risk of being harmed.

Police also believe the mother-of-three deliberately misled them about where the attack happened to protect herself and her family from any reprisal.

Ms Chetty, who was a qualified nurse, told police she was attacked at Bigge Park in Liverpool after she refused to give a cigarette to an unknown male but a forensic examination has ruled that out.

“With that kind of injury and that kind of pain she must have been in incredible fear to not speak to authorities,” Det Insp Johnstone said.

Evidence suggests Ms Chetty was doused in acid between five and 10 days before she was found in bushland at West Hoxton.

Police still don’t know where the attack happened but, given the amount of acid they believe was poured on Ms Chetty, they’re confident the crime scene is still detectable.

Lines of inquiry include the possibility that Ms Chetty may have been involved in a visa marriage scam.

She was described by her family as a “happy and lovely” woman who cared for everyone around her.

Catholic report ‘urges’ quota mechanism to give women power in the church after child sexual abuse scandal

Silent no longer: Catholic women back quota call in church Response: n Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Catholic Religious president Sister Monica Cavanagh on Friday at the n church’s formal response to the child abuse royal commission.
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Evidence: n Catholic University Professor Neil Ormerod told the royal commission child sexual abuse figures bore out a view that women in decision-making positions in the church were needed. Picture: Wolter Peeters.

Shattered: n Institute of Company Directors chair Elizabeth Proust wrote of her devastation at evidence of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. Picture: Dominic Lorrimer.

Reservations: n Catholic University Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven did not endorse a final Truth Justice and Healing Council report responding to the child abuse royal commission. Picture: Supplied.

Figures: Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson leaves Newcastle Court after he was convicted of concealing child sexual abuse. Adelaide diocese pioneered the appointment of women to decision-making roles two decades before Wilson’s appointment in 2001. Picture: Darren Pateman.

Leader: Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan was respected through the five years of the royal commission for speaking out about the Catholic church’s history of child sexual abuse. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen.

TweetFacebookThe abuse, the cover ups, and the apparent lack of care by so many in the church hierarchy (I cannot call them Church “leaders”) has been the lowest point of my life in our church.

Truth Justice and Healing Council deputy chair Elizabeth Proust

“We will need to become an even smaller church, humbler, more diverse, with greater leadership by lay people (women and men) before there is any chance of a revival.”

Council member and Brigidine Sister Maree Marshsaid governance roles for women are “for the most part non-existent in dioceses and management roles are few” and clericalism, “with its sense of entitlement, exclusivity and superiority”, was “clearly evident”.

Devastated: n Institute of Company Directors chair Elizabeth Proust wrote of her struggle coming to terms with the full extent of the Catholic church’s failings on child sexual abuse. Picture: Nigel Welch.

In 2016 Pope Francis said clericalism reduced lay people to the function of “errand boys and girls”.

Sister Marshsaid clericalism in the n Catholic Churchkept “others in their place” and included “bullying”.

“It has become patently obvious during the past five years that there is a great divide in the n church –theologically and pastorally. The vast majority of people desire the kind of church that is inclusive, humble and service-oriented –not one of privilege, position and power reserved to a few,” Sister Marshsaid in herstatement.

Truth Justice and Healing Council member and Monash University Professor Rosemary Sheehan said the royal commission’s final report was “shameful reading” and the Catholic Church, “if it is to remain meaningful, must examine its preoccupation with hierarchy, with secrecy, with who is permitted into the ministry, with the exclusion of women from the decisional life of the church”.

Council member and Curtin University Adjunct Professor Maria Harries said she needed to be convinced that “the structures of the church implicated in their permitting of such abuse and the protection of perpetrators will really reform itself”.

Report: n Catholic University Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Craven did not endorse a report calling for a type of quota mechanism to put women in power positions within the n Catholic church. Picture: Supplied.

“How does the church itself generate the reforms to its clerical, gendered, hierarchical culture and its governance structures in order to ensure we don’t repeat this cataclysmic series of abuses?” she said.

In a statement contained within the council’s final report Professor Craven criticised the royal commission forits “reliance upon ill-defined concepts like ‘clericalism’,” butnoted the church had to“closely consider how the laity may work in an enhanced way with clergy and bishops”.

In2017 ’s male religious orders apologised to female religious orders for the harm caused to children and the shame it had brought upon Catholic women, “especially on the women in whose schools and institutions abuse took place”.

The male orders “committed themselves to addressing the causes of male abuse of power”, Sister Marshwrote in her statement to the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

In its final report the council noted the limited participation of women was consistently raised as an issue at the royal commission and across many parish-based consultations.

“Whether women would have brought a different and important perspective to both personnel decisions and the management of allegations of abuse of children by clergy and religious was a point often raised,” the council said.

Abuse: Former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson gave evidence about the low rate of child sexual abuse in his diocese a year before he was convicted of concealing child sexual abuse in the Hunter region. Picture: Darren Pateman.

In its formal response to the royal commission, released on Friday, ’s bishops and religious orders did not specifically address the role of women as decision-makers in the church, but accepted in principle a royal commission recommendation for a national review of church governance, to include “the participation of lay men and women”.

In evidence at a final royal commission public hearing into the Catholic Church in February, 2017,Archbishop Philip Wilson said he accepted women in decision-making roles when he became Adelaide Archbishop in 2001, and “transformed” the roles so they operated “within the system of canon law” by making women chancellors.

Wilson resigned from the position in July after he was convicted of concealing the child sex crimes of Hunter priest Jim Fletcher.

The royal commission was told Adelaide Archbishop Leonard Faulkner appointed women to decision-making roles in the 1980s apparently without seeking permission from Catholic Church hierarchy, and possibly by “working on a loophole” in canon law.

During Friday’s media conference Catholic Religious president Sister Monica Cavanagh said the church “still had a way to go” in recognising “women and their potential”.

In 2017 a landmark five-year study of child sexual abuse within the church found gender was a key factor in the abuse scandal.

“The lack of the feminine and the denigration of women within church structures is one key, underlying risk factor in the abuse,” said study authors and former Catholic priests Dr Peter Wilkinson and Professor Des Cahill.

The risk of offending was much higher among religious brothers with little contact with women,who were educated at male-only schools, appointed to male-only schools and living in all-male communities, the report found.

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Protesters stop coal train at Sandgate: three arrested and charged

Protesters stop coal train at Sandgate: three arrested and charged TweetFacebookPROTESTERS put a halt to coal train movements at Sandgate on Monday, effectively blocking the rail passage into Newcastle Port.
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The group fromFrontline Action on Coal caused the shutdown about 7am.

One activist, identified by the group as university student Sarah Barron,setup a large tripod on the tracks and suspended herself over the rail line. The entire incident was live-streamed by the group on social media.

“ exports more coal than any other country, this makes us one of worst contributors to climate change,” a statement from Ms Barron read.

“Setting domestic emissions targets — something our governments have so far failed to do — is not enough.”

Police were called to the scene and can be seen on video trying to coax the protester from the tracks. Ms Barron was later safely removed from her post and taken into police custody.

Officers arrested two women – aged 20 and 24 – and a 32-year-old man.

The older woman and man were charged with enter inclosed lands interferes with, or attempts or intends to interfere with, the conduct of the business or undertaking and cause obstruction to railway locomotive or rolling stock.

The younger woman was charged with enter inclosed land or not prescribed premises without lawful excuse and cause obstruction to railway locomotive or rolling stock.

They were all granted conditional bail and are due to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday October 4.

Newcastle City Police District Commander Superintendent Brett Greentree, said public safety is the first priority when it comes to protest activity.

“We support the rights of individuals and groups to protest peacefully, but not when it impedes on their safety and the safety of others,” Supt Greentree said.

“Entering a rail corridor is extremely dangerous and it’s lucky no one was seriously injured in the incident.”

The protest was a promotion for the group’s Newcastle meet up scheduled later this month.

Frontline Action on Coal is a community led, non-violent action group against fossil fuel development and expansions.

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Bono loses voice, U2 concert cut short

‘I’ve seen a great doctor and with his care I’ll be back to full voice,’ Bono wrote on U2’s website.U2 frontman Bono has assured fans nothing is seriously wrong with his voice after he was forced to cut short a concert in Germany.
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The Irish star, 58, suffered a “complete loss of voice” at the band’s Saturday night concert in Berlin and the show ended early.

He has now posted a message on the U2 website telling fans he will be back for the rest of the group’s tour.

The post is entitled “Back On Song, Back To Berlin”, and reads: “I’ve seen a great doctor and with his care I’ll be back to full voice for the rest of the tour.

“So happy and relieved that anything serious has been ruled out.

“My relief is tempered by the knowledge that the Berlin audience were so inconvenienced.

“There was an amazing atmosphere in the house, it was going to be one of those unforgettable nights but not for this reason…

“We can’t wait to get back there on November 13th.”

The message was accompanied by a sketch and a picture of a handwritten note which said: “PS To the ones who sang Red Flag Day for me last night, thanks, those are some high notes in that one … as always, ‘you take us higher’.”

After the show ended on Saturday, band members Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr and the Edge posted an apology on the website.

The statement said: “Bono was in great form and great voice prior to the show and we were all looking forward to the second night in Berlin, but after a few songs, he suffered a complete loss of voice.

“We don’t know what has happened and we’re taking medical advice.

“As always, we appreciate our audience’s understanding and all our fans’ support in Berlin and those who travelled from afar.”

How much does the NSW government spend on major tourism events? Including the Newcastle 500 Supercars

How much does the NSW government spend on major tourism events? SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll
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SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 Champion Jamie Whincup. Picture: Jonathan Caroll

CHAMPION: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup WINS! Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup fastest and Scott McLaughlin 7th at the end of P1 for the Coateshire Newcastle 500. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Harrison Chapman checks out the Aussie Touring Cars as the V8s speed around the Newcastle track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Ivan Stevovski, John Graham, Irek Janiszewski were trackside for the three-day event. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Dave, Katrina and James Spruce from Newcastle. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Allira and Koby Jones at the track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Bruce, Karen, Justin and Marcus Piper snacking on some

Leigh Hudson from the Central Coast checks out the race merch at the Supercars precinct. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Lisa Horan had a great view of the track from near Fort Scratchley on Sunday. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Tim Blatch and Ian Billett, trackside at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Peter McHugh and Steve Karbowiak just past the hairpin. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Elise Pope, Chelsea-Anne Lewis and Denise Downing at Foreshore Park in the Newcastle Supercars precinct. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Riley and Koby Bambach from Newcastle race the miniature version at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Harrison Chapman checks out the Aussie Touring Cars as the V8s speed around the Newcastle track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Michael Johnson and Tracey Nicholson trackside at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Harvie Oldham at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

A scene from the grandstands at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

At the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Peter and Charlie Barnett near the hairpin at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Red Bull Racing Team fans Lucas and Kathy Moore from Sydney. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Colby Brooks near Fort Scratchley. Photo: Simon McCarthy

A scene from the grandstands. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Armidale boys Pat and Glen Frost taking in the atmosphere at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Brayden Ward from Port Macquarie. His folks said they were loving the Supercars and would be back for next year’s race. Photo: Simon McCarthy

V8S: James Condon living it up at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Kyah Fuller and Veronika Augustinova. Veronika is from the Czech Republic, but is now living in Brisbane. Photo: Simon McCarthy.

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

Emma and Daniel spotted at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Matt Mac, James Hannigan and Jacky C on the water at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Hunter Baxter from Adamstown. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Luke, Gabrielle and William Darcy taking a walk along the water as the Supercars scream by on the track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Gracy and Steve Tattersell from Newcastle outside Customs House on Saturday. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Allan Williams (right), a Novocastrian now living in Brisbane, has been close friends with Ken Fraser for more than 40 years. They organised to meet up again at the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Shayley Crisp, Marnie Newsam and Jamie Walpole were on the grid to checkout the V8 Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy.

Troy and Nate Petley from Sydney traveled up for the Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Cayden Lobach from Charlestown was trackside for his first Supercars event. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Spotted at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

SUPERCARS: Tempest Solution/Pastro Custom driver Zach Loscialpo has his car extinguished after fire broke out underneath during race 14 of the Toyota Racing Series on the Newcastle street circuit, Saturday, November 25, 2017. Picture:AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Layne Woodhead of Wyonga and Brett Springett of Tuggerawong showing their allegiances. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Photo: Supercars, Twitter

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

Photo: Simone de Peak

There was carnage on the Newcastle streets in Toyota 86. Photo: Twitter

Photo: Supercars, Twitter

Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes after her hot lap with Craig Lowndes in his Triple Eight Commodore. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

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Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup fastest and Scott McLaughlin 7th at the end of P1 for the Coateshire Newcastle 500 today. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup fastest and Scott McLaughlin 7th at the end of P1 for the Coateshire Newcastle 500 today. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Supercars Championship leader Jamie Whincup fastest and Scott McLaughlin 7th at the end of P1 for the Coateshire Newcastle 500 today. Photo: Mark Horsburgh

Photo: Edge Photographics

Photo: Edge Photographics

Photo: Edge Photographics

Photo: Edge Photographics

Photo: Edge Photographics

SUPERCARS: Hunter driver Charlotte Poynting was given the honour of driving the first lap of the new Newcastle street circuit in her Aussie Racing car during practice, Friday, November 24, 2017. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Touring Car Masters, Number 3 driven by local- Cameron Mason. Proud mumma Wendy Mason is just shining it up ready for the race!

SUPERCARS: Violet Fitzgerald of Thornton sleeping in her mum Karen Green’s arms, next to the track at Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Mick Myles, Glen Thackteray and Bruce Conroy are enjoying the atmosphere outside the bars in Foreshore Park.

Shane Green, Lee Harris and Dean Wyman, all of Taree

Carolyn Taylor

Lincoln Godwin

Shannon and Michael Gibbons from Tamworth

Shane and Alex Mead from Elemore Vale

It seems everyone is at the Supercars today! Picture sent in by Glen Fredericks

“My hubby and daughter have been there since 8am. They are loving it!” – Susan McBride

David Murray and Graeme and Fran Edman from Medowie

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Young spectators peeking out from the footbridge at turn 1 of the Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday, race goers arriving on the ferry from Stockton. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Police out for the Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Mark Ferguson of Hamilton and his dog Patch who are wandering around town soaking up the atmosphere before attending on the weekend. Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Free travel this weekend for ticket holders to the Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Volunteer Stephen Mudd of Maitland helping Tasmyn Gray and Georgia Melliger of Belmont at the Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Warren Leadbeatter

Warren Leadbeatter

Keith Griffith

Warren Leadbeatter

Warren Leadbeatter

“Pole position on Pitt straight with harbour views for us” – Fleur Morgan

“Well done Newcastle great track, great atmosphere and the right place! Having so much fun with family and friends.” – Domenic Albanese

Kelly Gamage

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Spotted at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

A scene from the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

A scene from the Newcastle Supercars. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Sam Webber from Sydney in the granstand overlooking the straight into the Nobbys Beach hairpin. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Inderjeet Singh from Toronto. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Harold Cutrubi and Rod Pritchard from Muswellbrook. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Matt Osborne and Maddy Smith from Newcastle in the heart of the race precinct. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Azar Spooner from Newcastle was in the race precinct to see the impressive aerial acrobatics performed by the RAAF Williamtown. Photo: Simon McCarthy

James Smith and Luke Dorgan from Gosford

Novocastrains Megan and Les at the Newcastle 500. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Bec Sommerlad and Alex Munro. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Zarra Mason and Jasmine Markovski were promoting WD40. “We can fix anything,” Zarra said. “We’re superheroes.”

Baby Abigail Hardes was sporting pink earmuffs for the race. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Stuard Gill helps young Amarlia Gill get a better view of the track. Photo: Simon McCarthy

Trackside, Jackson Kirkwood. Photo: Simon McCarthy

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

V8S: Big crowds for the Supercars Newcastle 500. Picture by Simone De Peak

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Big lines at the autograph session. Picture: Mark Horsburgh

Newcastle 500 Supercars – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows Kylie Jane singing the National Anthem. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Newcastle 500 – Newcastle Foreshore. Day Three. Picture shows kids playing in the fountain outside Customs House – Tyler John, front. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

SUPERCARS: Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup celebrates winning Race 26 and the Supercars Championship. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Newcastle 500 Supercars Sunday grand finale. Winner Jamie Whincup sprays team mates with champagne from the top of his car at the podium. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookShedding light on funding decisionsDavid Shoebridge, NSW Greens Upper House MP, says DNSW’s determination not to release information was one of the clearest examples of “just how broken our laws are”.

“This matter really exposes how agencies that are fighting against transparency game the system,” he says. “They game it with internal delays. They engage in protracted, often unmeritorious legal battles and even when they’re found to be clearly at fault by the tribunal they still don’t release the information.”

Penny Sharpe, Labor’s spokeswoman for tourism and major events, says: “The Berejiklian government operates a regime that is more about freedom from information than giving the public access to information about the work and expenditure of the NSW government.”

So what are the skeletons that DNSW is afraid to let out of its closet?

In April 2015, theHeraldrequested information about how much money DNSW had contributed to events such as Vivid Sydney, New Year’s Eve celebrations, and Sydney Festival as well as various musicals and stage productions.Documents that would shed light on how these funding decisions are made were also sought.

Some of the events supported by DNSW have been successful, others have been ridiculed by critics and shunned by audiences.

Vivid Sydney, for example, has grown into one of the city’s biggest cultural events. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 2.3 million attended the 2017 festival, and asserted that overseas and international visitors had injected $143 million into the state’s economy. The festival is owned, managed and produced by DNSW.

However,The Addams Familymusical, which received funding from DNSW, closed early in 2013 after poor ticket sales, andproducers of the show werelocked in a battle over pay and conditions with its production crew,theHeraldreported in 2013.

It is not the only dud investment made by the agency.NSW taxpayers lost at least $1 millionin 2016 after the Sydney Sings festival, spruikedby Leo Schofield, was cancelled.

A DNSW spokesman refused to confirm the amount of money given to Sydney Sings, saying it was “commercial in confidence”.

That is anexcuse trotted outto avoid telling taxpayers how much money is spent on events, according to Shoebridge. “If a private entity wants to contract with a government agency and receives taxpayers’ money there should be an expectation of complete transparency.”

Sharpe says: “While there are some legitimate commercial concerns in relation to Destination NSW, that should not be an excuse to refuse to provide information that is in the public interest.”

DNSW is not just in the business of fun and games.Residents of Newcastle Easthave been fighting the agency’s secrecy for years to obtain details about the Newcastle 500 Supercars event, which they claim has harmed local businesses, damaged their homes, affected the health of vulnerable people and disrupted their lives.

In her forthcoming bookWrong Track: What Drove Supercars to Newcastle, Christine Everingham writes:”The Newcastle 500 clearly illustrates how state sponsored – yet privately owned – major events, provide the perfect cover for deals to be done without the inconvenience of public scrutiny.”

DNSW has an annual budget of $159.7 million, according to its 2016-17 annual report. Its chief executive Sandra Chipchase was paid $452,250 (plus allowances). The annual report also lists the agency’s hefty expenses such as “advertising” ($30.9 million) and “promotion” ($95.2 million).

DNSW rebuffedtheHerald’s request for documents about its spending, claiming an “overriding public interest” against disclosing why and how much it spent on these events, triggering the long-running quest to uncoverdocuments how it spends taxpayers’ money.

Years of requesting internal and external reviews, sending endless emails and an official complaint about the agency’s tardiness in responding have led, on more than one occasion, to a windowless rooms in the John Maddison Tower in Sydney’s CBD where theHeraldand DNSW’s team of lawyers put their arguments before the tribunal.

‘It can be years of delay’Some secrets may be worth keeping for reasons of defence or security. But should the amount of money spent on imported musicals, Vivid’s light shows or the New Year’s Eve fireworks also be a state secret?

A DNSW spokeswoman gave up one piece of the funding jigsaw in May, revealing the agency spent about $6.8 million on the lights component of this year’s Vivid. “The total cost of Vivid Sydney includes a mix of government funding from other NSW government agencies, private enterprise events (more than 600) and commercial sponsorship,” she says.

Under NSW’s FoI law, there is a presumption in favour of disclosing government information. It also gives members of the public an enforceable legal right to ask for information and various avenues to appeal a decision.However, those laws provide enough excuses for public servants to keep their secrets, take inordinate amounts of time to make decisions or seek tocharge high feesfor searching and photocopying documents.

Figures compiled by the Information and Privacy Commissionsuggest the NSW government is becoming more secretive: “Across all departments and sampled smaller agencies the desktop audit found that compliance with the mandatory proactive release requirements had declined to 76 per cent, compared with 89 per cent in 2015-16.”

The number of FoI requests made in NSW was 14,651 in 2015-16 – less than half the 34,249 requests made in Victoria, according to theNational FoI Metrics dashboard. NSW bureaucrats also refused a far higher percentage of FoI requests than their counterparts in Victoria.

Shoebridge says government agencies and departments seek to avoid handing over information that is time-sensitive: “It’s not just months of delay, it can be years of delay to get the most basic information.”

Sharpe is not impressed with the operation of the state’s FoI law either.“Every request is met with delay, defer and the charging of exorbitant amounts of money to release basic information,” she says.“In some cases public servants claim they don’t have the resources to process the requests. This is completely unacceptable and is forcing more and more appeals to NCAT.”

A spokeswoman for theNSW Department of Justice said she could not comment on individual cases but a review concluded last year that the state’s FoI laws were “well-supported and are operating efficiently”.

“However, it also made a number of recommendations to provide greater clarity about the operation and objectives of the GIPA Act and [Government Information (Information Commissioner)] GIIC Act, to benefit from agencies and applicants, and to help ensure the Acts continue to promote open government in NSW,” she said. “The report is currently under consideration by the NSW government.”

Matthew Mason-Cox, a Liberal Upper House MP,said in April the state governmenthad developed a “perverse culture of secrecy” that threatened the public’s confidence in its decision-making over issues such as the Powerhouse Museum and redevelopment of football stadiums.

Concerns have also been raised about government secrecy at afederal level.

Judgements handed downDinnen delivered her first judgement in September 2017 that appeared to vindicate theHerald’s efforts to access information that the law presumes should be made available.

“In circumstances where the information is sought by the Applicant for the purpose of investigative journalism into the funding of and by Destination NSW, I consider that the public interest considerations in favour of disclosure carry significant weight … ,” she said.

Shoebridge says the tribunal’s judgment had highlighted flaws in the agency’s handling of the FoI request.“What really annoyed me when I read the decision was just how amateur they were in saying no,” he said. “They were not just arrogant and dismissive, but they were also incompetent.”

In her latest decision, delivered last week, Dinnen appeared to agree with this assessment, raisingthe possibility of referring the agency to the NSW Ombudsman or Information Commissioner “in relation to systemic agency issues of compliance” with FoI laws.

So will DNSW finally tell NSW taxpayers how it spends their money?

A DNSW spokeswoman said the agency was considering its position.

The Sydney Morning Herald

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