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Is homelessness growing in NSW and are there 60,000 people waiting for social housing, sometimes for up to 10 years?

“In NSW we have a growing homeless population, a social housing waiting list of 60,000 and waiting times of up to 10 years in some areas.” Joanna Quilty, chief executive of the NSW Council of Social Service. June 20, 2019.

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Are nurse walk-in centres a proven way to ease hospital emergency pile-ups?

"Nurse-led walk-in centres are proven." NSW health spokesman Walt Secord announces Labor’s remedy to tackle overstretched hospital emergency departments. March 17, 2019.

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Is the NSW government guilty of pork-barrelling for granting arts funding to help secure coalition seats?

"It's a classic case of pork-barrelling." Independent candidate for Tamworth and local councillor Mark Rodda accuses the NSW government of using taxpayers money to fund “unworthy" arts projects in coalition electorates. March 14, 2019.

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Does the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF) want to give guns to 10-year-olds and relax the national firearms agreement?

“I think the Shooters Party is absolutely dangerous. Their policies of giving guns to 10-year-olds and relaxing John Howard’s gun laws are recent policies. We will not stand for 10-year-olds being given guns in NSW.”

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Has the number of police working in northern NSW fallen since 2012?

More police are “desperately needed” in northern NSW according to Labor candidate Craig Elliot who has pledged to increase police numbers in his seat of Tweed if elected on March 23.

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Will the NSW government deliver more free technical and vocational courses for job seekers in a faster time frame than Labor if re-elected?

“Let’s look at the comparison – 700,000 over four years, Labor announced 600,000 over a decade. I think the stats stack up and talk for themselves.” NSW Deputy Premier and Skills Minister John Barilaro says his government's technical and vocational training package is better than Labor's offering. February 27, 2019.

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Will we be healthier and suffer less from pollution if more cycleways and footpaths are built?

“Supporting cycling and pedestrian infrastructure means less cars on the road, reduced emissions and air pollution and has a proven impact on public health and wellbeing.”

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Are NSW public schools overcrowded and relying on demountable classrooms because of a failure to build permanent structures?

“Demountables are only supposed to be used temporarily but the Liberals have been piling them into schools to try to manage severe overcrowding. They failed to build new bricks and mortar classrooms for eight long years.”

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Are big energy companies enjoying a run of record profits as customers struggle to pay power bills?

The profits being reported by big power companies have prompted federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor to renew his push for greater protections for electricity consumers.

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Is Australia really meeting its Kyoto and Paris targets for carbon emission reductions?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia has met, and will continue to meet, carbon emissions reduction targets identified within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Are psychotropic drugs becoming the preferred method of restraining nursing home residents?

An increase in the long-term use of antipsychotic drugs to control nursing home residents – revealed in a submission to the upcoming Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality – is systemic and masking true health issues, Council on the Ageing CEO Ian Yates says.

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Will WA rock lobster be cheaper if the state government increases domestic supply?

The price of West Australian rock lobster is set to fall (at 13min 30sec) according to WA Premier Mark McGowan thanks to his government’s plan to increase the commercial catch and quarantine a percentage for the domestic market.

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Will a national public register of child sex offenders have a strong deterrent effect on pedophiles?

A publicly-accessible national register of child sex offenders would act as a deterrent to pedophiles, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has said while urging all states and territories to get behind the scheme.

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Do a quarter of all Australian children live with violence?

In lobbying the federal government to cement ongoing funding for programs reducing domestic violence, White Ribbon Foundation in Australia co-founder Libby Lloyd said one in four Australian children are enduring violence.

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Do eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness?

When the federal government significantly expanded the medicare-funded treatments available to people suffering eating disorders, support group The Butterfly Foundation welcomed the move, pointing out that eating disorders claimed more lives than any other psychiatric illness.

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Does the road toll cost Australians $30 billion per year?

In lobbying for a new $200 on-the-spot fine for pedestrians who are distracted while crossing roads, the Pedestrian Council of Australia (PCA) told news.com.au the road toll costs Australians $30 billion each year.

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