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Which side of the fence do you sit on?

Which side of the fence do you sit on? Author: Melissa WattsCategories: Issues, Stories, Politics

Do you shed a tear each time a university educated journalist, with decades of experience, is thrust aside as yet another newsroom has to cut costs?

Ballarat votes - your Council candidates

Ballarat votes - your Council candidates Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

With 22 candidates standing for the Ballarat City Council elections, it's not easy to sort out who's who and what they stand for. The Ballarat Independent is here to help. We've put the same eight questions to all candidates and published their responses, along with their contact details so you can

Ballarat walks in SOLARdarity for big solar

Ballarat walks in SOLARdarity for big solar Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Environment, Politics

Today 50 people walked from local MP, Catherine King's, office to call on Ms King to get behind Australia's first solar thermal power station. The group has joined a national alliance that is working to see Australia's first coal-fired power station replaced with solar power.

The Power Of One Vs The Might Of Another

The Power Of One Vs The Might Of Another Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Editorial

More than 120 Catholic priests and Brothers have been convicted of child abuse crimes in Australia. 40 victims have taken their own lives. Both numbers look set to increase.  It's an epidemic we can learn from.  The older generations say that's just how it used to be.  The younger gen

Equality, not over-servicing, thanks

Equality, not over-servicing, thanks Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories

People with disabilities want to live a life as close to everyone elses as we can.

BRRA website becomes council watch site

BRRA website becomes council watch site Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association Inc (BRRA) has redeveloped their website to create a dedicated ‘council watch' page.

Help Run Ballarat Right

Help Run Ballarat Right Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

Maybe, just maybe, Farnsy was onto something. Among all those bagpipes, maybe there was a message that we should all be taking on board now. Maybe you're the voice. Maybe you should try and understand it. Then make it loud and make it clear. And one of the best ways to do that, is as a councillor.

Ballarat needs diverse women leaders

Ballarat needs diverse women leaders Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Community

Ms Hayes, who grew up in Ballarat, strongly believes our community needs women leaders with diverse experience, and the two trial sessions Women with Disabilities Victoria are running called "Enabling Women" will be a great opportunity for women with disabilities to come together, learn from on

The Olympics, The Paralympics and the NDIS

The Olympics, The Paralympics and the NDIS Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Health

Some things, Australians are just awesome at. Literally, properly awesome, as in, inspiring awe. Take our obsession with building ‘big' things, for example. The Big Pineapple. The big Prawn. The Big Merino. The Big Rocking horse. The Big Gina Rinehart. **That last one may not actually exist.

Turning our mind to creative solutions re the "boa Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Politics

Surely we as a country can think of something that will ease this "illegal immigrants" problem? Putting my mind to a bit of lateral thinking re these boat people turning up on our shores. I'd be interested in your comments on my contribution.

Call For National Disability Insurance Scheme

Call For National Disability Insurance Scheme Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Health, Politics

What is your opinion on this move by the Australian Federal Government? On one hand we're being told that the welfare bill is too high in this country and PWDs have got to get out and get a job to save the day! Now, we're welcoming migrants with disabilities...? I'd be interested in your opinions!

Report after report.. turbines are good for you

Report after report.. turbines are good for you Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Environment, Politics

Wind Turbines everywhere; the US, Germany and China. Figures from 2010 show that wind power is used to generate 2.5 per cent of the energy used in the world,  by 2013 it will be 3.35 per cent and up to 8 per cent by 2018. Basically, it's the way of the future. So why is it that this very clean

Public Meeting At Trades Hall To Fight For TAFE

Public Meeting At Trades Hall To Fight For TAFE Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics, Announcements, Education

On Sunday 8th July a meeting will be held at Trades Hall Ballarat at 2pm for all people interested in opposing the cuts to TAFE provision and education and training in our region. Everyone is invited, if they want to listen, if they want to speak or if they want to become actively involved.

Liberal Councillors Fiddle While TAFE Burns

Liberal Councillors Fiddle While TAFE Burns Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics, Education

After grandstanding at last night's Council meeting that politics has no place in Council, Ballarat's Liberal Councillors then split down party lines in sheer hypocrisy, to vote against a motion calling on the Baillieu Government to review its disastrous cuts to TAFE and VET.

Honestly - is anyone in charge here?

Honestly - is anyone in charge here? Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories

Why can't the Ballarat City Council get equality of access right?

Role models: who's leading tomorrow's leaders?

Role models: who's leading tomorrow's leaders? Author: Kate TaylorCategories: Issues, Stories, Health

For a while there, she's your hero. Your role model. Your mentor. But then you start to look around a bit, and find that there are even cooler people out there than your mum. Role models, and more importantly, mentors, are a bit thin on the ground at the moment. We have a national mentor health is

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