The Federal Government finally agrees to a national Royal Commission into institutionalised child abuse after intense lobbying by the Newcastle Herald and Journalist Joanne McCarthy. This was on behalf of hundreds of victims of Catholic Clergy in the Hunter Valley and thousands more across the country.
The rise of social media – which is more about gossip than fact – has led to exaggerated stories about dogs. Wild claims have been made about domestic pets being stolen to feed dog-fighting rings, few of which have been verified by police or animal welfare groups.
The thoroughbred industry is in collision with the coal industry over land use, prompting the NSW government to legislate a long term strategy. The end result appears to be balanced but is actually a big win for the powerful mining companies.