Council to report on base station health concerns

Sutherland Shire Council may be powerless to act in the interest of residents over the installation of small cell mobile phone base stations (MPBS) in residential areas. At Monday night’s council meeting Councillor Kent Johns said concerned residents had petitioned him on potential health risks associated with MPBS installations. State planning law classifies the installation of MPBS on existing infrastructure (telegraph and power poles) as exempt development, making the council’s... Read More

Street poll: an Indigenous Day holiday?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s proposal for a national day to celebrate indigenous peoples, culture and heritage has drawn a mixed response from politicians and the public. Members of Parliament have already lined up on different sides on the issue. Special envoy for indigenous affairs and former prime minister Tony Abbott disagreed with the proposal while Liberal frontbencher and Aboriginal Australian Ken Wyatt supported the concept. Mixed public attitudes were reflected... Read More

Street poll: Trust in media at all-time low

Trust in the news media is falling, with fewer than one-third of Australians saying they trust the media. Mexicans, Canadians and Indonesians all have more trust in the media then Australians, according to an international study by the Edelman Group. The Edelman Trust Barometer revealed that the trust Australians have in the media is at a record low of 31 percent, with only Turkey scoring lower at 30 percent. It wasn’t all bad news however with the survey finding that trust... Read More

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