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Law changes threaten species

Threatened species: The Eastern Pygmy-Possum is one of the 156 threatened species living in the Cumberland Plain Woodlands. Picture: Kate Geraghty.More than 150 endangered species living in habitats around Rouse Hill could be under threat as a result of changes to the state government’s environmental laws.

The proposed changes to the laws would allow more flexibility for developers to clear land around the habitats of threatened species.

The changes to the laws were heard at a meeting heldlast week at Westpoint Blacktown, which outlined the threat to 156 endangered species in the Cumberland Plain Woodlands area, with parts of the woodland reaching into Rouse Hill.

Among the threatened species are the Eastern Pygmy-possum and the spotted-tail quoll.

Campaign co-ordinator for the Total Environment Centre, Corinne Fisher, said while developers would have to offset their environmental impact, it doesn’t have to be in the same ecological area as where the development is, leaving wildlife displaced.

“It’s a real threat for western Sydney, there’s very little vegetation left,” she said.

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Initiative to help financial hardship

THOSE struggling to financially survive throughout the Inverell district now have a respite.

Legal Aid NSW congratulated the Australian Collectors and Debt Buyers Association (ACDBA) and Financial Counselling Australia on Monday for their commitment to the National Hardship Register.

The National Hardship Register – which has just been launched as a permanent national initiative – stops debt collection for eligible consumers in severe financial hardship.

“This initiative is a victory for people who will never be able to repay their debts,” said Julie Maron, lawyer from Legal Aid NSW and a representative on the committee overseeing the register.

“Our job is to assess their situation and tell them about legal options. We help them negotiate with utility providers, banks and other lenders especially when they are in severe financial hardship because of all their debts.”

“The National Hardship Register arose from initiatives by Legal Aid NSW and other community legal service providers and community groups.”

For information ab-out Legal Aid NSW advice services on everyday legal problems including debt, go to: http://老域名legalaid.nsw.gov备案老域名/get-legal-help/find-a-service.

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Letters to the Editor

DONE DEAL: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius celebrates with United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres after a climate deal is secured in Paris.Government payshomagePerhaps the most corrupting side of human behaviour is the ability to justify to ourselves almost anything we do.Those who work in governments, agencies and institutionsare subject to the money, power and political ‘good versus not so good’ influences and effects of their employers’ culture, and traitsof each worker. Corruption can be the work of one person or many. Inevitably, it diminishes good governance and probity standards from being met. But, always at high cost to little people.

My letter “A corrupt fraud” (Bay Post 22-01-16) described the “CoP 21 Paris meeting agreement” as ‘hyper-political vagueness’, because it did not explain its hidden purpose to the little people who are bearing the cost.

That purpose is to cream the wealth from advanced nations for collection and distribution by the UN,using the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (UNIPCC) fraudulent claim – “the science is settled”, as its lever.

It is a massive con on all Australians. Yet, without explanation our government cheered it.Nevertheless, the palpable evidentiary reality that “the science is NOT settled” is enabling little people to make up their own minds.

Still, the disciples for the UNFCCC, blindly promote its purpose. Locally, their lead actor in his incessant posts on the Bay Post website in particular, has stated: “It doesn’t actually matter what the uninformed public think, does it. The Government (and the other parties) KNOW what is causing climate change, and has agreed with every other government in the world to start emissions reductions”.This example is that of ‘an obedient and unquestioning follower’ of “hyper-political vagueness”. It explains the empty political noise he represents, but what about a government that pays homage to it?”

NevilleHughesSurf BeachGenerational changeAn amazing week for science: the first ever observation of gravitational waves – femtoscopic ripples in the space-time-continuum -confirming Einstein’s 100 year-old prediction.The last building block of his General Theory of Relativity – long debated, now firmly in place. Nobel prizes for physics being typed up as we speak. Some damned fine work by Australians and others, heralding a new era in cosmology. Advancing the possibility of analysing what happened at the dawn of our galaxy.

In the Eurobodalla, we haven’t caught up on technically simple, but far-reaching matters like climate change and sea-level-rise.Not for us the cutting edge of science. For us, the blunt face of applied ignorance.

Nowhere does this ignorance find a more comfortable and welcoming home than in the top end of the local branch of the Liberal Party.Note to Malcolm. Great to taunt us with your Age of Innovation, the Ideas Boom, excellence in STEM subjects, nimble and agile, the most exciting time to be an Australian.Tony complained about a few barnacles slowing the ship of state. You need to worry about tonnes of lead in the saddlebags bringing the noble steed of progress to its knees. You can’t grow an Age of Innovation in a Field of Applied Ignorance.Time for generational change, Malcolm.Start here.

Terry McGeeMalua BayUnited in cautionMuch has been said aboutclimate change,global warming, sea level rise etc. All governments of Australia have discussed and taken advice from the “experts” within departments and associated agencies,as well as legal advisors. MPs of all persuasions or colours have supported a precautionary attitude, in an attempt to reduce or remove any financial impacts predicted changesmay have on various governments, including local councils, rightly or wrongly.

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Hunter election deal under discussion

Linda Burney could contest the federal seat of Barton in this year’s federal election. Photo: Daniel MunozDeputy NSW opposition leaderLinda Burneycould contest the federal seat of Barton at this year’s federal election as part of a factional deal being discussed to secure preselection for Joel Fitzgibbon in Hunter.

The deal could also clear the way for Labor’sleft faction assistant secretary, John Graham, to run in Ms Burney’s state seat of Canterbury at the ensuing byelection.

Fairfax Media understands the plan is under serious discussion within the party but factional leaders warn theyare far from striking anagreement.

Further complicating mattersis that as Opposition leader Luke Foley is from the left,the move wouldgive the right a claim on the deputy opposition leader’s position, which would most likely go to Maroubra MP and shadow treasurer Michael Daley.

The right is pushing for a deal to run Mr Fitzgibbon, a right winger,in Hunter after a redistribution turned twoseats, held by the left’s Pat Conroy and the Mr Fitzgibbon into one. Mr Conroy would likely win a rank and file preselection.

HavingMs Burney move to Barton, a right wing seat, and Mr Graham to Canterbury – another safe Labor seat –would be seen as the trade-off for the left supportingMr Fitzgibbon.

It is unclear if Ms Burney is enthusiastic about the prospect of moving to Barton as she has been the member for Canterbury since 2003.

The move would also install another woman in a senior head office role following the election of Kaila Murnain​ as general secretary on Sunday.

Mr Graham would be replaced as left wing assistant secretary by Rose Jackson, who is secretary of the NSW Labor left.

Ms Murnain also has to fill her former role of right wing assistant secretary. It is understood she has been discussing the role with a number of senior women.

Altina welcomes meerkat litter

CUTE AS: Five of the six meerkat pups born this week at Altina Wildlife Park. It is believed to be one of the biggest litters ever born in Australia. It may just be that Darlington Point has entered itself into the record books.

Or at least their park might have.

Altina Wildlife Parkis celebrating the arrival of one of the largest recorded litters of meerkats bred in captivity.

Six bouncing meerkat pups were born at Darlington Point’s parkthis week to “experienced mum” Timona and first-time dad Digger.

This wasn’t anything new for the park’s animal keepers though.

It’s the second litter of meerkats at Altina in less than a year.

Senior animal keeper Rebecca Surian said one of the biggest challenges was preventing the teenage meerkats from interfering with the new pups.Meerkat mothers generally only have three to four pups at a time.

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