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Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

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Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

‘ATO’ scam wants every last dollar in your account

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning about a spike in automated scam calls impersonating the ATO and asking people to transfer all their money to another account.

Editorial – A personal take on politics and media

Since its inception in 1986 by a bunch of ratbag hippy locals, The Echo has championed the voice of the afflicted, not the comfortable. That should be the aim of every media organisation.

Wonderful Council

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I went for a swim at Belongil Beach the other day and was shocked to...

Man rescued from Upper Wilsons Creek causeway

At about 10pm last Friday a man from Mullumbimby was driving his his car along Upper Wilsons Creek Road and was swept into the creek.

Gold Coast of Byron

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay I think it’s all about canals, West Byron, and a pile of money. Since The Echo...

Peggy Balfour, Mullumbimby

I agree with Lester Prowse (Echonetdaily, July 2) regarding the health service plans to equip Mullum Hospital with a teleconference linkup. I think it is a good idea and I am all for modern technology.

However, I don’t see why the night-shift doctor needs to be replaced by a machine. Why not have both? I bet both the Lismore Base and St Vincent’s hospitals that Lester mentions have night doctors in attendance as well as the TV communications.

The doctor in Mullumbimby Hospital is there for immediate attention to emergencies and the TV would be there for backup advice in the event that the doctor required verification of diagnosis, a second opinion or whatever.

If the health service is concerned about the cost of retaining the doctor, that’s easily fixed. Just sack a couple of public servant paper-shufflers, that would cover the expense.

In life’s poker game of health and happiness, one doctor beats two public servants.


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