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May 20, 2022

Last chance for Saffin’s son

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Richmond candidates 2022: The Greens, Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan needs little introduction to most readers of The Echo, where she has a weekly column. She is a comedian and journalist running as a candidate for The Greens in the federal seat of Richmond.

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Richmond candidates 2022: The Greens, Mandy Nolan

Mandy Nolan needs little introduction to most readers of The Echo, where she has a weekly column. She is a comedian and journalist running as a candidate for The Greens in the federal seat of Richmond.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Insights from the campaign trail

The election is almost here. Hooray. It’s time we got down with Elvis Presley’s suggestion of ‘A little less conversation, a little more action, please.’ I’m a big fan of action. I’ve been at this for 14 months, and as a writer who holds the ear of the community each week I’ve been cognizant not to turn this into a hostage situation. For twenty years I’ve talked about politics and social issues and shared insights into my personal experiences, but this is one journey where I’ve had to keep you locked out. 

Richmond candidates strut their stuff

With the federal election looming Saturday, candidates put themselves before the public at the Echo/BayFM ‘Meet the Candidates’ on Monday night in Byron. All candidates were present, except ‘ghost’ One Nation candidate, Tracey Bell-Henselin. 

First residents move in to Wollongbar housing pods

The first residents displaced by the flooding disaster have now received the keys to their temporary housing pods at Wollongbar, Ballina Council says.

Harm Labor

Much as I respect Richard Jones’ opinions on many things, I can’t agree with his conclusion last week (‘Election...

Ned Saffin, the son of Page MP Janelle Saffin, has been given a chance at rehabilitation before being sentenced for his role in an armed robbery.

Mr Saffin and another man drove two armed men to Lismore Bowling Club in July last year, where they proceeded to threaten staff with a rifle before emerging with $5000. He has pleaded guilty to being an accessory.

The three other men involved in the robbery have all since been sentenced. The two convicted of armed robbery received seven years in prison and the fourth man, who pleaded guilty to being an accessory, was given a two-year suspended sentence.

Mr Saffin, who has already spent almost seven months on remand, will be released into the custody of his parents and be assessed for rehabilitation.


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