Politics

Unemployed act as Budget strings tighten

Unemployed act as Budget strings tighten

A forum to discuss the growing need for employment in the Illawarra was held in Dapto today.  The Unemployment Forum, hosted by Bruno Conte at the Ribbonwood Centre, was an attempt by the Centre for Community Enterprise to identify the underlying issues of unemployment in the Illawarra, with the hope of launching an informed campaign […]


You Decide 2013 – what’s the issue?

You Decide 2013 - what's the issue?

Gay marriage ********* Education, business support With the recently proposed Gonksi reforms, education will be in the spotlight for many Illawarra voters in the upcoming federal election. The Illawarra Teachers Federation supports the Government’s Gonski school reforms, after years of campaigning for a fairer funding system for local schools. Regional organiser of the Illawarra branch, […]


UOW’s plans in the face of Budget cuts

UOW's plans in the face of Budget cuts

The $2.3 billion cuts to the higher education sector as part of the 2013/14 budget have placed increased pressure on the University of Wollongong’s five-year plan to reach the top one per cent in global rankings. UOW’s Chief Finance Officer, Damien Israel, said the management team has been grappling with the announcement and is working […]


Budget 2013/14

Budget 2013/14

The Illawarra will receive $42 million dollars to upgrade Mount Ousley Road under the 2013/14 Budget announced last night. Funding two new lanes each way on the road between Bulli Tops and Picton Road, the upgrade will comes ahead of an expected traffic growth of 2.7 per cent a year until 2025. The funding was […]


Councils kick goals for local sport

Councils kick goals for local sport

Shellharbour City Council is investing over $460 000 to develop six new asphalt courts at the Croom Regional Sporting Complex, behind Shellharbour City Stadium. Many netball players in the Shellharbour area have been training on grass courts and travelling to Wollongong on the weekends for competitions, where they play on appropriate hard surfaced courts. This […]


Labor strikes back

Labor strikes back

Labor has struck back over superannuation, claiming Tony Abbott will tax $4 billion from national savings. Abbott stated on Sunday that the Coalition would cut Labor’s low-income super contribution, which has turned the super focus away from the Labor Party. ”We have said from the very beginning programs funded by the mining tax wouldn’t go […]


New Grand Pacific project plans to drive more tourists in

New Grand Pacific project plans to drive more tourists in

Wollongong city council are pushing for the approval of the Grand Pacific Walk in 2013. The proposed project will create a 60km path linking the Royal National park to the Illawarra. If approved a shared walk and cycleway will connect with existing paths, following the Grand Pacific Drive route between Otford and Windang. The plans […]


Media reforms cause controversy

Media reforms cause controversy

Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy has angered journalists with his proposed changes to media legislation. He has expressed his desire that the reforms which exclude the millions of digital news readers and his proposals will be voted on by the end of next week. A press release from Senator Conroy’s office has indicates the proposed reforms […]


Road trip to end poverty

Road trip to end poverty

University of Wollongong Student Anneliese Hudson is among a group of UOW students travelling around the country this week to end poverty. The movement will see 1000 youth travel Australia wide, collecting signatures for a petition to be delivered to the Australian parliament in Canberra. Currently 24, 000 children die daily due to poverty. The […]


“I know what my family is worth.”

“I know what my family is worth.”

Monday night’s live Q&A episode ended with Australia’s Finance Minister Penny Wong defending the circumstances of her family. An audience member raised the issue of marriage equality in the last few minutes of the show. Panelist Joe Hockey answered first, once again highlighting his opposition for amendments to the Marriage Act. The Shadow Finance Minister […]


Budget loses focus on students: Union

Budget loses focus on students: Union

Living in a single-parent family, Rhiannon Clark struggles to support herself. The 20-year-old primary education student at University of Wollongong works two part-time jobs and although her mother earns a reasonable income, after expenses they are left with $50 before her mother’s next pay. While they receive a family tax benefit and Rhiannon is eligible […]


Financial support falls short for students

Financial support falls short for students

Tertiary education officials found that last night’s budget changes would be a slight improvement but still not enough. Peter Hughes, President of the Wollongong Undergraduate Students Association (WUSA) says, “I think it’s important to encourage them to work but at the same time [they] need to recognise that a lot of students need financial support.” […]


Liberal party veteran to hang up his boots

Liberal party veteran to hang up his boots

Member for Hume Alby Schultz announced he will retire at the next election following a 25-year career in local, state and federal politics. Mr. Schultz cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the primary reason for his retirement, as well as the opportunity to allow younger party members a chance to […]


Baha’i fight for education

Baha'i fight for education

UOW’s Baha’i Society will be launching the first Australian “Education Under Fire” campaign, at the end of this month.   The campaign is in support of Baha’i students in Iran, who have been banned from receiving a university education by the government. Secretary of the UOW Baha’i Society, Shirin Mirzaee, says that Baha’i believe strongly […]


Gash free to run for mayor

Gash free to run for mayor

A bid by the Christian Democrats and Shooters Parties to have the ban on state MPs from serving in local governments extend to federal MPs has failed. The result means Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash remains free to contest the Shoalhaven Mayoral election before she steps down from federal politics next year. Gash told ABC […]


ACTU steps away from HSU

ACTU steps away from HSU

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is considering suspending the controversial Health Services Union (HSU). The ACTU will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow to decide its future relationship with the HSU, as it moves to distance itself from the Craig Thomson saga. Following the Fair Work Australia report into the HSU being handed to […]


Jeff Lawrence stepping down after five years

Jeff Lawrence stepping down after five years

ACTU Secretary Jeff Lawrence surprised the Nation today as he said he won’t renominate for his position in the May.   Mr Lawrence says that age 60 he is thinking about his future and “cannot commit to a full three-year term.” When asked he said that he isn’t being pushed out of the role, rather […]


Media & democracy – Afghanistan to the Arab Spring

Media & democracy - Afghanistan to the Arab Spring

From the ‘Facebook revolution’ in Egypt to the slow development of public radio in Afghanistan, both social media and conventional news have played a significant part in recent uprisings and reconstruction processes. How are new media contributing to struggles for democracy from Afghanistan to the Arab world? And what are the challenges for democratising media […]


The Current Update PM

The Current Update PM

The Current Update PM – 3 June 2011 Presenter: EMILY DUNCAN Producers: RACHAEL MICALLEF, JOSH BUTLER, JESSYCA KRAUSE


The Current Update AM

The Current Update AM

The Current Update AM, 3 June 2011 Presenter: EMILY DUNCAN Producers: RACHAEL MICALLEF, JESSYCA KRAUSE, JOSH BUTLER


The Current Update AM

The Current Update AM

The Current Update presented by Skae Castle.   In this Update: Consumers being ripped off, Mia Freedman in Wollongong, backpackers invited to Wollongong and an Illawarra swimming star.


The Current Update PM

The Current Update PM

Gillard vows to serve full term

Gillard vows to serve full term

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has vowed to serve a full term, ignoring calls from opposition leader Tony Abbott to call an early election. Abbot spent much of his budget reply speech last night as a plea to the Labor leader to call an early election, promising to offer Australians a new direction. Gillard though, with […]


New ACT Labor leader

New ACT Labor leader

Katy Gallagher is on track to become the next ACT chief minister after she replaced Jon Stanhope as Labor party leader. Ms Gallagher was elected unopposed at a Labor caucus meeting this morning. Mr Stanhope announced yesterday he was stepping down as party leader and chief minister. Her deputy will be Andrew Barr, who was […]