Let's Have A Real Contest of Ideas in Throsby (06/05/2010)

Following today’s announcement from the National Party, it appears likely that both Coalition partners will each stand separate candidates to run in Throsby at the next Federal Election. A competitive election that engages the local community is evidence of a healthy democracy, and I welcome that. Continue reading

Long Live Chicka's memory (01/04/2010)

Colin Markham pays tribute to Aboriginal activist and unionist Chicka Dixon. Charles "Chicka" Dixon died on March 20 in Sydney after battling asbestosis, a legacy of years working on the waterfront. Chicka was born in 1928 in NSW and lived at Wallaga Lake Aboriginal Mission and later at Wreck Bay. At the age of 14 Chicka got a job on the Port Kembla waterfront as a casual labourer. Continue reading

Rudd Government announces $632 million to train new doctors (15/03/2010)

The Rudd Government will invest $632 million to train a record number of doctors - to tackle doctor shortages, expand capacity and deliver better health and better hospitals. In total, the Rudd Government’s investments will deliver an additional 5,500 new or training General Practitioners, 680 medical specialists, and 5400 pre-vocational general practice program (PGPPP) training places over the next ten years. Continue reading

Macedonian Epiphany - 19 January 2010

The Vodici (or Epiphany) celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. At the kind invitation of the Macedonian Orthdox Community of the City of Greater Wollongong, in January I attended Epiphany celebrations in Wollongong. Continue reading

Xstrata Lockout, Tahmoor - 11 February 2010

Following a decision by Xstrata to lock out it's workforce at Tahmoor for a week in February, I drove up the escarpment to visit with the workers on their picket line. Continue reading