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Organic avocados at the farmers markets

We love it when the fuerte avocados make their way back to the market. As I walked over to...

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Will Morrison’s gas-led recovery delete the IPCC’s belief we need climate action now?

Most Australians know the news, or have had firsthand experiences themselves, of two years of floods, fires, coastal erosion, and storms, both here and overseas. In fact Australia has warmed on average by 1.44 ± 0.24 °C since national records began in 1910.

I am outraged

The insert in The Echo (8 May) could be taken to imply that cloud seeding was the cause of recent...

Computers donated to home schooled kids in Lismore

There nothing like the support of the CWA ladies to help get you through a disaster and the Lismore CWA Evening Branch were very pleased to be able to help their community once again to supply computers to some flood-affected Lismore kids.

Organic avocados at the farmers markets

We love it when the fuerte avocados make their way back to the market. As I walked over to...

The protest vote

Uncanny that in this federal election, in Richmond as elsewhere, the freedom/protest vote parties just about all preference the...

Recognising 50 years of police service

When John 'Jack' Keough moved to Byron Bay police station in 1982 there was still a station sheep that kept the grass down and goats still roamed Cape Byron. Sargent Keough began his career in policing in 1972 when he walked into the Redfern Academy to join the police force. 

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


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