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March 1, 2021

Giving with one hand

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Byron Shire Council is the ‘giving council’.

They gave us all an extra increase in our rates this year. They gave us the luxury of paying $25 to park ‘free’ in Byron Bay. They gave us all one free trip to the tip to drop off hard rubbish (remember the good old days when they collected from your kerbside?).

This afternoon they ‘gave’ me a $99 parking infringement notice for exceeding the two-hour limit after I took my kids to watch a movie that ran for just over that time limit. All of these extra funds go into a multimillion-dollar sports complex that no-one can use and local roads that are the envy of the third world.

I know what I’m going to give them come next Election Day.

Damian Bisogni, Bangalow


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  1. Unfortunately, public servants – including Council, the Police and the Office of State Revenue have developed a criminal habit of inventing bogus “laws” – relying on citizens’ blind compliance; rather than suffering the cost of a legal challenge.

    The Council/OSR notification in relation to lawfully parking your vehicle and displaying a for sale sign – when you are not a used car salesman – is just another example of public servants ‘lording it’ over the Electorate. However, as the OSR has a nasty and illegal habit of declaring a citizen guilty of an Offence (no court hearing), issuing and Enforcement Order and inflicting other penalties, it would be advisable to comply – unless you want to spend more than $100,000 on a legal challenge.

    The Law and Justice dictates that the onus is upon the Accuser to file legal proceedings in court, prove the allegation (including the the alleged Offence is actually an Offence for which the State may fine a citizen) and obtain a conviction. Contrary to the Law and Justice, OSR/SDRO declare that the Accused must elect to attend court – and prove that they did not commit the alleged Offence. This obscenity against Human Rights and Justice has the backing of the Local Court (Jeff Linden). Thus, dealing with the illegal conduct of the OSR/SDRO requires one to file legal proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW (in Sydney). The illegal conduct of the OSR/SDRO is on my ‘to do’ list – because the OSR/SDRO deliberately stalled the paperwork so it was not ready before my previous trip to Sydney.

    You may have noticed that the general populace has been enslaved and imprisoned in a jail without walls. We are constantly watched an monitored – CCTV cameras – including on the highways and in police vehicles – collecting and collating information; watching our every move – just as if we were convicted felons in a physical prison. They control the populace with their rules (that are not the Law); and should a citizen fail to obey the bogus “laws”, the OSR/SDRO punishes the citizen with fines (not lawfully owed); and should the citizen refuse to pay the monies that are not lawfully owed – the OSR/SDRO arranges for the RTA to cancel the driver’s licence of the citizen and/or steal their possessions. Feel the simmer of discontent within our phoney democracy – and know that a Revolution is on the horizon. History demonstrates – the greedy control freaks are incapable of seeing the line they crossed until the mob is at the gate and it is too late.


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