NSW FaCS Where We Are Today

It has been over seven years since I began to find myself on an intense journey with the NSW Department of Community Services. In the beginning of that journey I had no idea that things would turn …

Source: NSW FaCS Where We Are Today


NSW Election – Platforms To Excuses

What Is Important To A NSW Premier?

When I think of what is important the first thing I think of is environment, then I think of children, next I think about my ideologies, so education and libraries, jobs, having a place to live and paying the bills, the ability to have contact with the outside world through radio, tv, and the internet, rather simple ideas I know but this is what is really important to the vast majority of people in perhaps different orders. Here is the last minute roundup as they race to the finish line on Saturday.

Luke Foley NSW Labor Party

Luke Foley NSW Labor Party is visiting the Nth Coast to suggest Labor will protect the Northern Rivers, there is a strong Green movement in the area’s he intends to visit.

Luke Foley

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley is heading to the north coast as the state election campaign heads into its final days.

Mr Foley is spending Tuesday campaigning in Ballina, Lismore and Tweed where coal seam gas and electricity privatisation are big election issues.

Foley meets anti CSG campaigners

Labor leader Luke Foley has promised a ban on CSG mining across the northern rivers.
Labor leader Luke Foley has promised a ban on CSG mining across the northern rivers.

Labor leader Luke Foley has hit the hustings on the NSW north coast, telling residents they can stop coal seam gas (CSG) mining by turfing out the Nationals at Saturday’s election.

The opposition leader has visited the site of the Bentley Blockade, where he met party faithful and anti-CSG campaigners.

“Sink the Nats and that’s the end of coal seam gas forever,” Mr Foley told the crowd.

“It won’t take riot police, it will take the power of the ballot box,” Mr Foley told the 100-strong crowd.

Last year the site played host to a large protest against a proposed CSG mine, and the Baird government subsequently suspended CSG licences in the area.

But local residents say they are fearful CSG will make a comeback.

“The local member for the Nationals hasn’t supported us in any way, whatsoever,” one man told Mr Foley.

“The last time a drill rig came into this area it required riot police to get it in and get it out.”

Mr Foley is spending Tuesday touring three safe National seats – Lismore, Tweed and Ballina.

Despite each seat being held by the Nationals by traditionally safe margins of more than 20 per cent, Labor says they are in play thanks to local opposition to CSG and electricity privatisation.

Premier Mike Baird

Mike Baird headlining in the Western Suburbs this week.

Mike Baird headlining in the Western Suburbs this week.

Premier Mike Baird will spend the day campaigning in Sydney’s western suburbs in the lead up to Saturday’s election.

He’ll be in Penrith where he will be joined by Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and then the Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres.

He Dreamt Of Being A Cricket Captain Not Premier

I found this upsetting doesn’t he realise his government and past ones have removed our kids?

The community is aghast when told tales of the abuses from the past at Royal Commissions and then add a multitude of sorry’s and yet nothing has changed about removing children, the practice continues making million’s of dollars for individuals and leaving families torn apart.

Yet at election time, Mike Baird wants to happily comment on budgie smugglers and Kim Kardashian and what the previous Premier did wrong. I want to hear about child protection and the truth about the violent crimes against women and children actually going up, and what might be done to change these situations for the positive.

NSW Premier Mike Baird has given his verdict on Kim Kardashian, budgie-smugglers and the perils of accepting bottles of Grange.

With four days until NSW voters head to the polls, Mr Baird took a break from the usual campaign fodder on Tuesday in a radio interview with Brendan “Jonesy” Jones and Amanda Keller.

He has revealed he never dreamed of a life in politics as a young man.

“I wanted to be captain of the Australian cricket team, that would have been my dream job,” Mr Baird told the duo on the Australian Radio Network.

“In fact at university I wanted to be a journalist – I mean I knew that I wasn’t going to get (to the Australian cricket team) on my ability … so I put in an application in to the ABC to be a sports cadet.

“And I still haven’t heard back from them.”

He also sought to distance himself from his Liberal party colleagues Peter Debnam, Ted Baillieu and Tony Abbott – at least insofar as their beach attire is concerned.

Even his father, former politician Bruce Baird, has also been known to sport Speedos.

“He proudly walks around in sluggos,” the premier said.

“It’s inappropriate. It’s inappropriate. I’m definitely boardies – boardies is the appropriate attire.”

When asked to indulge in a spot of word association, Mr Baird declared reality TV star Kim Kardashian as “bad”, poles and wires “good” and a fine bottle of Grange as “okay” and “in moderation”.

“If you don’t take the bottle,” he added.

The latest Ipsos poll by Fairfax Media has predicted a resounding coalition victory.

Mr Baird says the election will be tight, telling ABC radio “we’re going to fight for every vote”.

Fact check: Is crime in NSW the lowest it s been in 25 years? – Yahoo7

By ABC reporters

The verdict

“The BOCSAR data clearly shows that the rates of most crimes have been dropping since 2001 and are at lower levels than they were 25 years ago.
But while there have been substantial declines in breaking and entering and motor vehicle theft, domestic violence and sexual assault rates have risen since the early 1990s.
For this reason, experts say talking about whether the overall “level” of crime is low doesn’t give the full picture, because it ignores trends in serious crimes that are less common or might not be as widely reported.
Mr Baird’s claim is selective”.

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has put law and order policy at the forefront of his re-election campaign.

On the campaign trail he announced that a re-elected Coalition Government will introduce new laws to restrict the activities of bikie gangs and serious criminals, and bring down crime rates.

But Mr Baird also claims that crime in the state is at its lowest level in decades.

“What we have seen in NSW over many years under Labor was they made many announcements, but crime got worse,” he told reporters in Granville on March 3, 2015.

“What you’ve seen under us is take action, and that action has seen, in the most recent statistics, crime is at its lowest level in 25 years.”

ABC Fact Check takes a look at NSW crime rates.

NSW crime statistics

The Premier’s office told Fact Check the source of the claim was quarterly reporting from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).

The latest BOCSAR quarterly report in September 2014 records that all 17 major crime categories either fell or remained stable compared with the previous two years.

The same stable or downward trend for those major crimes was recorded in the three months to June 2014.

Mr Baird’s office said this was the first time that this result had been achieved in two consecutive quarters since 1989 when BOCSAR began quarterly reporting.

But there were several other times over the past 10 years when consecutive quarterly reports showed the same trend. For example, in the June, September and December quarters in 2010 (when Labor was in power) the rates of these 17 crimes fell or were stable.

Matthew Willis, research manager at the Australian Institute of Criminology, told Fact Check that looking at quarterly trends is reasonable, but cautioned that they can fluctuate with seasonal variation.

Alcohol-related crimes are a good example of this problem. They typically rise and fall with warmer and colder weather.

For this reason Mr Willis said longer-term data was a better indicator of trends in crime rates, and the most reliable measure of crime was to look at rates per 100,000 people because this takes changes in population size into account.

In notes to its quarterly reports, the bureau also warns that its method for identifying trends “is not sensitive to seasonal variations; it is sensitive only to a generally increasing or generally decreasing trend over the time period examined”.

Long term trends

The bureau produced a report last year on the long term trends in 10 categories of property and violent crime in NSW, covering 1990 to 2013.

It found that for most offences, there were “significant downtrends in recorded rates since 2000”.

The report shows that rates for all three robbery offences – without a weapon; with a firearm; with a weapon not a firearm – are now below those recorded in 1990. The rate for robbery with a firearm is 73 per cent lower than in 1990. Burglary and motor vehicle theft are also at their lowest levels since 1990.

Similarly, the murder rate, expressed as the number of murder victims per 100,000 people, has trended downwards over the last 24 years, reaching its lowest point of 0.9 murder victims per 100,000 in 2012, compared with 1.1 in 2013.

The report concluded that “some categories of crime in NSW are now at the lowest recorded levels they have been for over 20 years.”

However, the data for assault and sexual assault showed the opposite result. These crimes recorded “significant long term upward trends” since 1990, the report said.

The assault rate has been steadily increasing over the last 24 years, up 74 per cent since 1990 when the rate was about 500 incidents per 100,000 people, peaking at over 1000 incidents per 100,000 in 2002 and then falling since then. Similarly, the rate of sexual assault has increased by 125 per cent and other sexual offences by 95 per cent since 1990.

Before 1995, reported data on assaults was not broken down into domestic violence-related and non-domestic violence-related offences.

Fact Check asked BOCSAR to analyse the rates of the 17 major crime rates back to 1995 when assault was split into domestic and non-domestic violence categories. The data shows that the average annual increase in domestic violence-related assault is 3.5 per cent over the last 18 years.

What the experts say

Karen Gelb, a research fellow in The Justice Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, said the NSW pattern of crime reflects what experts call “the great crime drop” that has been observed across Australia and in other countries. In the US crime rates fell as an epidemic in crack cocaine ended.

“There’s been a similar suggestion that BOCSAR made here (NSW), when heroin availability and use went down and in particular, property theft rates went down,” Dr Gelb said.

Mr Willis said increased security has contributed to the fall in crime rates.

“Motor vehicle theft has declined quite dramatically and that’s directly in line with the decision to include vehicle immobilisers as a feature in all new vehicles,” he said.

Dr Gelb said its not useful to look at overall crime rates because it can mask trends in the less prevalent crimes, like assault.

She told Fact Check some offences, particularly assaults, can be explained in the context of different policing practices and different community expectations and reporting practices.

“We know that police are now more likely to record domestic violence assaults,” she said.

“We know that people are more likely to report them now than they were 25 years ago, and community understanding, community acceptance, community expectations have really changed.”

Chris Cunneen, who formerly worked for BOCSAR and is now a professor of criminology at the University of NSW, said crimes like domestic violence may still be underestimated because they are under-reported.

“If you look at what’s reported to the police and what victimisation surveys show, the levels of unreported sexual assaults are very high,” he said.

Victimisation surveys

In the notes to its quarterly reports, BOCSAR explains that its data comes from criminal incidents reported to police and recorded on the police’s Computerised Operational Policing System (COPS).

The data represents reported incidents rather than offences, except for murder where the data represents the number of victims.

The bureau says an alternative measure of the level of crime in Australia is available from crime victim surveys, which estimate the proportion of crimes which are not reported to police, and are therefore not recorded in the official statistics.

“In particular, personal crimes, such as assault and robbery, are less likely to be reported than crimes which involve households,” the notes say.

“Given that some offences have low reporting rates, it is possible that changes in recorded crime rates over time for these offences may be reflecting changes in reporting rates.”

The ABS has been conducting crime victimisation surveys since 2008. The victimisation rate in NSW for sexual assault has remained steady at 0.2 to 0.3 people per 100,000 since 2008-09, while the victimisation rate for robbery was 0.6 per 100,000 in 2008-09 and has been 0.3 per 100,000 since then. The reporting rate for both of these crimes shows that between 50 per cent and 60 per cent of these crimes were reported to police in 2013-14.

Dr Gelb said victimisation data complements police reported data.

“We know that for some offences, motor vehicle theft for example, pretty much everyone reports it – you have to for insurance purposes,” she said. “But we know for sexual assault in particular, reporting rates are very low.”

The verdict

The BOCSAR data clearly shows that the rates of most crimes have been dropping since 2001 and are at lower levels than they were 25 years ago.

But while there have been substantial declines in breaking and entering and motor vehicle theft, domestic violence and sexual assault rates have risen since the early 1990s.

For this reason, experts say talking about whether the overall “level” of crime is low doesn’t give the full picture, because it ignores trends in serious crimes that are less common or might not be as widely reported.

Mr Baird’s claim is selective.


  • NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research explanatory notes
  • An update of long-term trends in property and violent crime in New South Wales: 1990-2013, April 2014
  • Crime victimisation 2013-14

    I Must Say I Have To Agree With The Unions

NSW union accused of racism ahead of state election

Just days out from the state election one of New South Wales’ biggest unions is being accused of outright racism.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is launching an ad campaign tonight singling out our biggest trading partner – China – in an unprecedented attack.

AAP file photo.

The advertisement claims China’s Government will control the NSW power industry – and much more besides.

The ad states that in 2014 the State Grid Corporation of China, wholly owned by the Chinese government, met in secret with the NSW treasurer last year to discuss the sale of electricity assets.

Treasurer Andrew Constance admits he has met with State Grid of China.

A CFMEU spokesperson denies the advertisement is racist, saying the lease could lead to China not only controlling NSW power transmission but also Canberra’s – Parliament House.

Premier Mike Baird’s worked hard to develop strong China trade links worth over 30 billion dollars a year.

He’s slammed the union campaign.

“Scare campaign being run by the unions trying to run against it – they will keep doing that – and obviously that is having some sort of influence but the truth is a very different matter,” Baird said.

Labor leader Luke Foley disagrees.

“I’m with the great mass of people in NSW  who own the electricity network and do not want it sold from under them,” he said.

Kath Says

Kath says to hold your children tight because you never know when the government is coming to take them away.

Kath says to hold your children tight because you never know when the government is coming to take them away.

In the end I don’t have tv or a phone line for broadband so I want to ask the LNP how do I get myself well and further educated (sigh) to be job ready, when the government house I got given has taken months to fix on my low income?

How come I have no digital TV ready reception?

No phone?

Now each of these luxuries is out of my financial situation to repair. I have done this in every government place I have been in but now I don’t have the kind of money needed to pay for infrastructure of a government house. I have spent all my money to eradicate pests, weeds and diseases from a trashed house they handed me the keys to.

In the end I want to know who among the politicians will stand up and face the simple needs of the common people?

I love my children, I would like to see someone stand up against DoCS/FaCS, you say it’s the hardest job, but wait try put yourself in the shoes of that child, that parent, and that family.

The NSW Election Campaign – Keeping It Clean & Green

Keeping Up With The NSW Election Campaign

Posted: March 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Major Issues On The Far North Coast – The Campaign Trail NSW Election 2015

I always take a great deal of interest in both the State and Federal elections, even though there are times when I truly think why should I vote and that off course, has caused me to give up and not go and vote a few times for which I then was fined.

Let’s be frank and all realise that the most important issue now is the environment, specifically, that the country maintains or attempts to achieve, in some cases a fresh water supply because many of our catchments in Australia are indeed in terrible condition.

The most important issue we face is fracking, and as the public becomes more aware about the dangers involved in this activity and puts pressure on the political parties we are seeing a simple approach being taken by all three of the major players in the NSW election.

  1. What NSW Labor is saying, is that, they will have a blanket ban until the science is further explored, so that doesn’t mean that the ban on Coal Seam Gas through Labor, will continue, if the science improves in some way then they could change their minds to frack for CSG.
  2.  What NSW Liberals are saying is that it is full steam ahead with Coal Seam Gas mining, and every man for himself.
  3. The NSW Greens say no to Coal Seam Gas and will have a complete and holding ban on the CSG industry.

Luke Foley The NSW Labor Party

Today Luke Foley the NSW Labor Leader was up on the North Coast taking a tour and supporting his candidates, Labor Candidates Ron Goodman (Tweed), Isaac Smith (Lismore) and Paul Spooner (Ballina) and listening to local farmers, with Walt Secord .

“Today we met with Phil, a farmer in Myocum, one of many Northern Rivers residents worried about how CSG will impact the land and water. Labor has listened to the concerns of communities – we will ban all CSG activities in the Northern Rivers.

Luke Foley NSW Labor Leader 2015

Speaking With Labor Candidates Today On Facebook

Labor will BAN CSG mining on the North Coast.
Coal Seam Gas has the potential to destroy soil and poison our water supply. Despite these high stakes – CSG mining has been expanding at a growing speed across NSW. It’s time we put the brakes on CSG in NSW.Let us know if you’re on board at http://act.nswlabor.org.au/actoncsg

Kathleen O’Brien When you say ban it does that mean for good? What about all those new six year leases for the area including Lismore?

I am interested in other things too, but this is by far the most important issue, the Nationals want to have CSG in Lismore and surrounds and Thomas George after a 50 year National stronghold is going to be ousted here.

Water is our most precious resource. It is that simple.

Lismore is going to be Green for sure, as people realise the Nationals have not done a thing here.

The library for example, and lack of computer space or even seating, for example is an issue, on a recent visit the library was packed and not such a great place to study. If you have nothing at home or problems at home where can you go to find a study nook, if you can’t even get that in a library?

I heard it is bigger and better than the last space they had. Obviously then something bigger and more modern is needed. Grafton just got a new library, where’s Lismore’s?

Also some of us don’t even have tv coverage because there is no reception here, why is that? I got coverage in the middle of nowhere at Cowper and here I can’t even get a channel.

And there are things like having a phone connected to the house which doesn’t exist for some people, so they can’t even have a decent internet connection in the home because they have no phone line. Why is that here? And why won’t Telstra service the broke phone connection hole in the street?

I am just flabbergasted and don’t know how to get things done in the area.

Very backward indeed.

I mean Lismore has an amazing arts population and the art gallery couldn’t even fit the Archibald Prize Collection Tour inside, why is nothing funded here?

The population is not small and the cities of Brisbane and Sydney are crowded so people generate her for the healthy lifestyle.

Lismore is a university town, the head quarters of Southern Cross University, it’s not a remote two horse town.

Thomas George has done nothing for the people of Lismore, you can’t even park for free to go to hospital if you are sick!

I am new here and I have been in a few places in life, I would think a progressive understanding place like Lismore would have more spaces for the public interest and definitely more to offer from the TAFE system.

I have to know where is all that government tax payer money going? What is being funded in our country?

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  • Paul Spooner Great questions Kathleen O’Brien. In regards to CSG the ban is for good. For all your questions on Lismore I suggest you talk to Isaac Smith who is standing for Labor in that seat.
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    Isaac Smith You have hit the nail on the head there Kathleen. The Nationals have done nothing for us. I think we were all glad when the previous Labor govt was removed as it was overdue and they were part of the problem. But now after 4 year of the National party support for CSG we are faced with a region wide disaster.Labor want to put all the money back into TAFE and Hospitals and we will stop CSG. It’s time we were not neglected by Sydney and the CSG ban is proof that they are listening to local Labor members.
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The Greens Have Been Protesting Against CSG From The Beginning

Adam Guise for the Greens responded today to the following suggestion by ABC polling guru, Antony Green, that the “State seat of Lismore is going to be a three-way contest”.”We all know that CSG is one of the issues that separates us from our competitors. It’s a huge one locally, as it should be. We were the party on the ground right from the start, working with the other groups at the Bentley Blockade”. he stated.

Bentley Blockade 2014

Mr Guise made reference to the current sitting National Party member Thomas George  “The sitting Member didn’t show his face, and the Labor candidate came to visit a few times. His Party only realised the political importance of the Bentley Blockade when it became a hot political potato. That’s when they changed their policy, but even then not decisively. The Greens have never wavered in their opposition to coal seam gas mining. We’ve never done the hokey pokey and put the left foot in and then the right foot”. Adam Guise responded.

The Greens Lismore Adam Guise

Furthermore he went on to suggest to punters that “On the 28th of March we’ve got a chance to change the political landscape in the seat of Lismore, and in the Northern Rivers, by electing a candidate who knows all about the evils of coal seam gas, a candidate who is committed to stopping Metgasco and any other mining company who wants to ruin our farmlands and our water supply”.In order to give the Greens the best opportunity to rid the Northern Rivers of one of the most ineffective representatives we’ve ever had in the NSW Parliament, make sure you vote 1 Adam Guise, number all the boxes, and put the LNP last.

Antony Green Explains The Polls And Where Liberal Voters Centralise


Mike Baird The Liberal Party Of NSW Current Ministry

The current Baird Liberal Ministry as it sits for the NSW Election

Full New South Wales Government Ministry List under Premier Mike Baird
The Hon Mike Baird MP (Lib)
Premier of NSW
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Western Sydney
The Hon Andrew Stoner MP (Nat)
Deputy Premier of NSW
Minister for Trade and Investment Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services
Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Minister for Small Business
Minister for the North Coast
The Hon Andrew Constance MP (Lib)
The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP (Lib)
Minister for Transport
Minister for the Hunter
The Hon Adrian Piccoli MP (Nat)
Minister for Education
The Hon Michael Gallacher MLC (Lib)
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for the Central Coast
The Hon Duncan Gay MLC (Nat)
Minister for Roads and Freight
The Hon Anthony Roberts MP (Lib)
Minister for Resources and Energy
The Hon Jillian Skinner MP (Lib)
Minister for Health
Minister for Medical Research
The Hon Prudence Goward MP (Lib)
Minister for Planning
Minister for Women
The Hon Bradley Hazzard MP (Lib)
Attorney General
Minister for Justice
The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP (Lib)
Minister for Family and Community Services
The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP (Nat)
Minister for Primary Industries
Assistant Minister for Tourism and Major Events
The Hon Kevin Humphries MP (Nat)
Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water
Minister for Western NSW
The Hon John Ajaka MLC (Lib)
Minister for Ageing
Minister for Disability Services
Minister for the Illawarra
The Hon Stuart Ayres MP (Lib)
Minister for Fair Trading
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney
The Hon Victor Dominello MP (Lib)
Minister for Citizenship and Communities
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Veterans Affairs
Assistant Minister for Education
The Hon Robert Stokes MP (Lib)
Minister for the Environment
Minister for Heritage
Assistant Minister for Planning
The Hon Troy Grant MP (Nat)
Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing
Minister for the Arts
The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP (Lib)
Minister for Finance and Services
The Hon Paul Toole MP (Nat)
Minister for Local Government
The Hon Jai Rowell MP (Lib)
Minister for Mental Health
Assistant Minister for Health

Remember at the NSW 2015 Elections put the Liberal/National Coalition Last and number every box.

If the people can get together to save the environment over a terrible issue like Coal Seam Gas and the corporate greed behind it, it will be just as easy for the people to stop the corruption within the NSW Parliament and spread that onwards to the rest of the States and Territories. Then the people can take on the Federal Government. It has been too long that government has stood over the citizens of Australia, too long that many people have suffered, some even having their families ripped from under them, never to see their children again.

Coal Seam Gas and a Green Revolution will see the two major parties once again become accountable. Australian’s do not want an undercurrent in society. We do not want to see politicians ignoring our questions, or turning away when we call for help and using excuses that we have all heard before to exclude themselves from major problems in our country by saying they are personal issues or private matters. The children of Australia and the families of Australia deserve so much more.

Let’s give the children that much, clean air, clean water, clean country and a family and a home. It is the basis of a functional society. The flow on affects from this investment will be multiple and perhaps the adults can retire a bit earlier than at 70.

I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges…