Banning drug offenders from accessing public housing sets ‘troubling precedent’

Chief of reintegration service for former prisoners claims NSW’s new policy is ‘discriminatory’

Social workers operating in Sydney’s inner city public housing estates have slammed a new policy that denies homes to those with a history of serious drug offences, saying it sets a “troubling precedent” that further marginalises people trying to leave their past behind them.

The New South Wales government announced this week it would bar anyone either recently charged or convicted of drug supply or drug manufacture offences from accessing public housing in Sydney’s inner suburbs.

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Gary Cohn: experienced Democrat was singular figure in Trump’s White House

Analysis: Former Goldman Sachs No 2 had global outlook that put him at odds with Trump, whom he reportedly held in low personal regard

Even for a lesser titan of finance, one without a reputation for deep self-regard, it would have qualified as a painfully humbling moment.

At a news conference in January, Gary Cohn, who was the Goldman Sachs No 2 for a decade, found himself called to the lectern by Donald Trump. The president had been asked by a reporter whether Cohn was happy in his job as director of the national economic council.

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‘Send nudes’: internet suggests alternative messages in a bottle

Twitter stepped in when note from 1886 turned out to be about an experiment tracking ocean currents, rather than lost love or maritime disaster

It may have taken 132 years to get to a beach in Western Australia, but when the world’s oldest message in a bottle was discovered, it’s contents were slightly disappointing.

The note, enclosed in a gin bottle which dates back to 12 June 1886, is believed to have been thrown from the German sailing ship Paula as it crossed the Indian Ocean.

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