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Doctor slams telco on base station risks

A Coogee doctor has blasted teleco TPG over its community consultation on small cell base stations in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. “The way you have conducted yourselves so far has been absolutely appalling,” Dr Rahul Sen told a public meeting to loud applause from local residents. Dr Sen said the jury was still out on the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Action urged on radiation risks

Worried Kingsford residents have turned to Randwick City Council for help after telecommunications company TPG began installing small cell base stations near homes and schools. They object to a lack of community consultation from the telco as well as the possible adverse health impacts – especially on children – of long term exposure to radio-frequency […]


Residents angry at recycling bin noise

7am on Sunday mornings is usually a time for sleep ins, but not for Malabar residents who have to put up with the sound of bottles crashing into trucks collecting recycled drink containers. Angry locals say they had no idea what was happening when what looked like shipping containers were placed in the car park […]


Panthers overcome injury woes to beat Bulldogs

The Penrith Panthers secured their sixth win of the NRL season in round 8 on Friday night, beating the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 22-14 despite losing their fullback Dylan Edwards to a shoulder injury. Edwards injured his shoulder in the 13th minute meaning he will now join halfback Nathan Cleary on the sidelines. The Bulldogs were […]


Swans beat Cats in thrilling finish

A seven goal to one final quarter from the Sydney Swans propelled them to a much-needed away victory over the Geelong Cats at Geelong’s Kardinia Park/GMHBA Stadium on a sunny afternoon yesterday. Sydney 12.14 (86) defeated Geelong 10.9 (69) in a seesawing affair where the result was confirmed only two minutes from the final siren […]


Council attacked for ‘archaic’ zoning laws

A Randwick City Council community forum has been told that current zoning laws are “archaic” and should be changed as they are causing unnecessary distress. Angry residents said they were worried about impact on property values and problems selling their homes. There was standing room only as 73 registered speakers expressed their views in two-minute […]


Top scientist seeks volunteers for allergy vaccine

Nobel Prize winning scientist Barry Marshall is calling for volunteers to help test a vaccine that could help allergy sufferers. Professor Barry Marshall and Dr Robin Warren won the Nobel Prize in 2005 for their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in causing inflammation in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. Professor Marshall […]


Bottas thrills with split-second Russian Grand Prix win

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas claimed his first-ever Formula One victory at the Russian Grand Prix overnight. Bottas, parachuted into the Mercedes team in January after the surprise retirement of defending champion Nico Rosberg, has struggled to come to terms with his new car in the opening three races of the season. But in Russia Bottas […]


‘Bad Science’ author to tour Australia

Prominent sceptic and science writer Ben Goldacre will visit Australia in September for a debut speaking tour. Author of bestsellers Bad Science and Bad Pharma, Dr Goldacre will speak in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Suzi Jamil and Desh Amila of Think Inc said he had always been on their list of people to bring to […]


Turnbull urged to raise torture claims with China at G20

Protesters have called on the Prime Minister to raise allegations of persecution, torture and organ harvesting with China at next week’s G20 summit. Members of Falun Gong called for government support at a public media conference in Brisbane’s King George Square on Wednesday. “Immediately end the brutal and senseless persecution of Falun Gong in China […]


Rethink Abortion protestors rally outside Parliament House

State and federal politicians joined a protest of about 300 people outside Queensland parliament on Tuesday organised by pro-life Rethink Abortion campaigners. The protestors demonstrated with speeches, song and dance against the “Women’s right to choose” bill introduced by Independent MP Rob Pyne. Opposition MP Mark Robinson told the rally he would oppose the bill […]


Independent MP hopes second bill will pave way to abortion law reform

Countries that don’t have abortion on the criminal code have lower abortion rates than Queensland, according to Independent MP Rob Pyne. Mr Pyne said countries like Holland which have abortion on demand had one-tenth the abortion rate of Queensland. Passionate about decriminalising abortion, Mr Pyne told Newsbytes he didn’t understand the thinking behind the idea […]


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