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Children approached by stranger in Murwillumbah

Police say a Queensland man has been charged following two alleged child approaches in Murwillumbah today.

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Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

Byron carjacker and stolen vehicle still not found

Police say that a man carjacked a 17-year-old in Byron Bay just before midnight on Friday.

Children approached by stranger in Murwillumbah

Police say a Queensland man has been charged following two alleged child approaches in Murwillumbah today.

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Dear Brittany

We watched you. We watched you break the silence. We heard the truth shatter like a glass hitting the tiles.

I am an ardent supporter of the Marriage Equality campaign that the impressive and pioneering grassroots-level national organisation GetUp has run. I have made financial contributions to GetUp campaigns in the past as well as consistently spreading the word and trying to raise consciousness in my social environment and in communities I’m a part of.

However I find their current Valentine’s Day campaign more than a little on the nose: sending roses to MPs and the PM? Send stems and thorns instead!

Whilst I understand the concept behind this (terribly misguided) idea, I feel that a huge part of the community will agree – our parliamentarians by and large have done absolutely nothing to merit floral tributes to them, on Valentine’s Day or any other.

And knowing what hyper-inflated egos that the vast majority of these self-centred, grossly overpaid, hypocritical opportunists do have, any subtlety in the message of roses delivered by a disenfranchised and marginalised segment of the community will be completely lost upon them. In fact they will deliberately choose to manipulate the symbolism en masse, and spin it to aggrandise themselves.

In terms of both the cost as well as making a statement with a clear meaning, about what the calculatedly backward-looking Australian parliament has failed to do for these many years for the gay community – and hence for the whole community of Australia, for we are inextricable one from the other – what should actually be delivered to parliamentarians and PM are the thorns and stems of roses (without blossoms). And of course this would signify exactly what the political process so far has delivered to the gay community: no blooming roses!

Committed to prickly love,

Ajit Gunasekera

Melbourne

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