Category Archives: Razors Edge

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CLCs band together to #unlockthelaw


Have you always wondered what to do if you got tangled up in a dispute over an unpaid bill? Or perhaps you got into a bit of a fight and now you’re facing charges? But what happens if you’re not eligible for Legal Aid, and you don’t have the money for a lawyer?
Every year, thousands of Australians seek the legal advice and help from community legal centres all around Australia. And it’s no different in Sydney, where there are at least ten different types of community legal centres in the city centre alone, ranging from generalist claims to consumer credit and even to intellectual disability representation. But now in the wake of $43 million cuts to community legal centres announced by the Federal Government late last year, these community legal centres are starting to wonder if they’re going to start turning away more and more clients.
Today is the National Day of Action for Community Legal Centres, and reporter Rachel Worsley sat down with some of our city’s busiest community legal centres to discuss their future.

Broadcast 3 April 2014.

Knowledge is Independence, not Power


What happens when you suffer a spinal cord injury? What are the treatments out there? And what are the services that will help you navigate your injury from the moment you leave the hospital?

These are the questions that are raised in this year’s Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, or SCIA, Independence Expo, held last weekend at the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh. This year, the expo received more attention due to the high-profile coverage of the devastating spinal cord injury to NRL Newcastle Knights player, Alex McKinnon.

Rachel Worsley reports.


Broadcast 10 April 2014.

Inner West Light Rail extension ignores cyclists and commuters with disabilities


It’s been debated, put on hold, built and now finally opened to the public. The Dulwich Hill light rail extension from Lilyfield was finally open today, with the first tram service running at 6am. It’s been hailed as a victory for public transport after years of wrangling over building this tram line.


The Liberal O’Farrell Government is happily taking all the credit for completing this public transport project that will benefit inner west commuters for years to come.


But not everyone is happy about the way the project has been planned and executed. Inner west commuters may be the real beneficiaries, but what about cyclists and commuters with disabilities or mobility restrictions who have been left out of the equation?

Rachel Worsley rode the tram this morning and brings you this report.


Picture credit: Rachel Worsley

Outer Space Open for Business

Fancy a space beer with a meat pie? Or lounging in a hotel in outer space? There’s a bunch of people in Sydney waiting for that to happen.

Orbit Oz is a new group set up in Sydney to jumpstart the space industry in Australia. Packed with engineers, entrepreneurs and those who just love space, these future business builders are hoping to inspire a new generation of industry focused on using technology in outer space.

Rachel Worsley reports.

Broadcast March 5th 2014 on Razors Edge.


Study Success Pt 2: The Rise of Online Motivation Pages

It is that dreaded time for all University Students, End of Semester Exams! If you are studying for your final exams, you might be wondering, after such a gruelling semester, if there is anything left in your tank to keep you going.

Last week, here on Razor’s Edge, we brought you the first part of a two part special on student motivation. We talked about feel-good motivational Facebook pages, and looked into whether they’re effective motivators for study.

In this final part, we look at online motivational websites used by students for motivation.

Rachel Worsley investigates.

Study Success Pt 1: Facebook Motivation or Procrastination?

It’s now officially over. This year, over 70,000 students sat the NSW Higher School Certificate. Around the country, high school students are on the brink of finishing their last ever exams for high school. Throughout their journey, they’ve had to endure hours of studying, constant testing and general cramming for exams that would decide their future at university. It’s not surprising that for some people, motivation was just a little bit lacking.

But how do we best get people motivated through all that work? In this two-part special, Razors Edge will be looking at two ways school and university students rely on to get through the hectic exam period and to get through it well.

Today, we look at the Facebook pages dedicated to feel-good motivational messages. They’re adored by thousands of students who feel like they just need that bit of a lift or a bit of a different perspective to get through the drudgery of work. But are they just fooling themselves on the real work that needs to be done in order to ace their exams?

Rachel Worsley has the report.

Bee-ing Uncertain

Everyone knows what it’s like to be uncertain – at least, humans do. But are non-human animals ever uncertain?

In ground-breaking research, Macquarie University professor Andrew Barron and his American colleague, Professorial Fellow Clint Perry, discovered that yes, bees can feel uncertainty too. Through experiments at Macquarie University, they were able to show that rather than risking the consequences of a bad decision, bees would choose to seek more information or opt out entirely.

Rachel Worsley reports.

City Centre Access Strategy

city centre access

City Centre Access Strategy

Photo: Derek Law/flickr

Bike riders, pedestrians and light rail advocates rejoice- Sydney will soon become a paradise for your traveling needs. This week, the NSW Government released the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy, which will map out how people will travel around the CBD in the next twenty years.

Key features of this plan will include light rail in the CBD, more connected cycleways and improved access for pedestrians.

But while the reception has been mostly positive, critics question the need to remove popular cycleways, such as the College Street cycleway, as well as the plan’s incompatibility with the WestConnex project which will be bringing more cars into the CBD at a time where fewer cars are needed.

Rachel Worsley reports.

The Mystery of the Missing Science Ministry

The Mystery of the Missing Science Ministry

When Tony Abbott announced his frontbench earlier this week, many were dismayed by the lack of women on the frontbench. But just as many were concerned about the lack of a Minister of Science, which had ceased to become its own portfolio since its creation in 1931.

Instead, the responsibility for science will be split between the new Minister for Industry, Ian Mcfarlane, and Education Minister, Christopher Pyne.

Some critics say that this shows the lack of importance that the new Abbott Government will put on science, and is seen as a retrograde step backwards for the 21st Century.

Rachel Worsley reports.