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Comment – National Party encumbrance a problem for Liberals in NSW too

There is no shortage of NSW Liberal MPs out in the media warning they could be next to fall in the push from independent candidates that saw a massive shake up of politics in Australia last weekend. 

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Richmond candidates 2022: The Nationals – Kimberly Hone

Kimberly Hone lives in the Tweed Shire and is running as a candidate for The Nationals in the federal seat of Richmond.

Coalition policy

It should be obvious to everyone by now that the Coalition’s insistence that ‘technology’ will drag us across the...

Passports

I have been subscribing to The Echo since my daughter moved to Mullumbimby late last year and I visited...

Vale big Jez, Mullum troubadour

The Mullumbimby community lost one of the founding fathers of its counter culture last Thursday, when Graham Chambers, better known as Jerry De Munga, passed away at his home with the love and care of wife Chrissy, family and close friends.

Recalcitrant dogs

I could be a lot richer collecting $1 from all those who have told me to ‘get f****ed’ with...

A gold star campaign and a result full of hope

It’s not surprising that Mandy Nolan got so many primary votes at Saturday’s election for the seat of Richmond – her campaign has been relentless and her volunteers all stellar.

Reel good show

Just got back from a holiday in Tassie, which was great, but I was sad that I missed the annual Bangalow Show.

I cheered up straight away, however, when I got my Echonetdaily this morning from my email box and there was Chris and Sharon’s video report on the show. Well done, you two. I almost felt like I was there!

Ian Hay, Samsara, Ballina Road, Bangalow

 

Rats in the ranks?

I smell a rat. So the latest rumor is NOT a rumour! Apparently now Stuart George, son of Thomas George, works for Metgasco!

How in the world can a Richmond Valley councillor also work for the gas company that has the petroleum lease over the area? Isn’t that a direct conflict of interest? How can Stuart George possibly be counted on to make unbiased decisions regarding any CSG issues? If this councillor works for Metgasco, surely any decisions he makes will serve the interests of the company writing his pay cheques, rather than the interests of the community.

If the local community has concerns (and we DO) about the dangerously unregulated CSG industry, how can we be sure that Stuart George won’t just sweep our concerns under the rug? What or who will stop this man from just making decisions and signing contracts and agreements without proper public consultation?

And what about his (strangely quiet lately) father, Thomas George?

Just what does he think of this? Does he still think that CSG is ‘a bloody worry’? Or perhaps all along Thomas has only really been worried about how the heck he was going to push this CSG agenda through, regardless of the desires of his voting public. Now that his son works for Metgasco, perhaps he thinks it’ll make his agenda easier.

There is a very big rat in the kitchen, with its eye on our cheese. I’m getting my broom.

H Fuerst, Nimbin 


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Vale big Jez, Mullum troubadour

The Mullumbimby community lost one of the founding fathers of its counter culture last Thursday, when Graham Chambers, better known as Jerry De Munga, passed away at his home with the love and care of wife Chrissy, family and close friends.