No More Smoko for NSW Prisoners
Authorities have banned smoking from bus stops, playgrounds, buildings and now NSW Prisons wants to ban it from jails. On Monday, the NSW Corrective Services Commissioner, Peter Severin, has called for a ban for smoking within 18 months.
He says banning the cigarette would prevent passive smoking effects on prison guards and other inmates.
But some advocacy groups have criticised this move, saying it is an unfair infringement on the rights of smokers.
Rachel Worsley reports.
No Journos Allowed!
Let’s call a public meeting, but not invite any journos.
Hang on – does that make it a public-private meeting?
Well that appeared to be the case earlier this week when the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initially barred all journalists from attending a stakeholder meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Sydney. DFAT allowed media workers back in eventually, but only as private citizens and under the condition of not reporting any content from the meeting.
As Rachel Worsley reports, media advocates claim this is suppression of information from the public, but others say it’s important to ensure that important trade information between countries doesn’t get compromised by unwanted public attention.
How engaged are we when it comes to science?
It’s National Science Week this week, and Sydney is right in the middle of it. From science workshops, fairs, festivals and media engagement, Sydney arguably has a long history with science communication and constant engagement with the public. But some argue that such promotion of science is missing the point about long-term, collaborative engagement between the public and scientists.
Rachel Worsley finds out if that’s the case.
Youth Boot Camp
If you’re not working, and you want to go on the dole, you better pack your bags for boot camp. This week, Fairfax Media revealed a leaked submission to the Federal Government’s Expenditure Review Committee about the possibility of establishing a Youth Start Boot Camp for unemployed young people.
The initiative would be targeted at job seekers aged 15-21. According to Education Minister Bill Shorten, the camp would provide motivation, focus and employment skills.
For south-western Sydney, where Canterbury-Bankstown showed Sydney’s worst youth unemployment figures of 19.1 per cent, the boot camp appears to be a welcome initiative. However, people are split as to how beneficial this ‘tough love’ attitude will be.
Rachel Worsley reports.
Broadcast on 02 August 2013, on Razors Edge, user 107.3FM. Later replayed by Radio Atticus, national law and social justice show. Also replayed by ‘On The Money’, national business show, in January 2014.
Video Games and Wellbeing
Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Pokemon…it’s easy to think video games glorify violence and promote aggression.
However, a recent report by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre suggests just the opposite. “Videogames and Wellbeing” collects research over the past decade suggesting videogames can promote positive feelings, healthy relationships and higher self-esteem. According to many psychologists, they could also be a tool for treating illnesses.
Broadcast 26 July 2013, on Razors Edge, 2ser 107.3FM.
Do you know how to recognise a stroke?
Would you be able to recognise someone having a stroke? Any idea what FAST stands for? If your answer was no, you’re not alone.
And this is exactly what the Federal Government aims to change with an injection of $2 million dollars to fund a national stroke campaign announced by Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek earlier this week.
The campaign teaches people how to recognise the signs of stroke and respond to them as quickly as possible.
But support is needed for a lifetime and stroke survivor groups across Sydney provide it – minus the government funding – long after the first trip to hospital.
Rachel Worsley reports.
Broadcast 19 July 2013 on Razors Edge, 2ser 107.3FM.
Smoking is ‘Yuk’
Hyde Park has a new sculpture till July16th, and it’s not what you would expect: a towering Perspex typographic sculpture, spelling the word ‘Yuk’ (Y-U-K) and filled with hundreds and hundreds of cigarette butts from Sydney streets.
The City of Sydney Council has recently commissioned advertising agency AZBCreative to create the sculpture as a stark reminder of the fifteen thousand cigarette butts that city cleaners have to remove from Sydney streets every day.
The campaign aims to educate smokers about their responsibility to dispose of their cigarette butts thoughtfully. But how effective has this campaign been?
Reporters Taylor Fuller and Rachel Worsley hit Hyde Park and George Street to find out from smokers and non-smokers.
I assisted with editing this story. Broadcast on 15 August 2013 for Razors Edge, 2ser 107.3FM.