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Ballina MP Don Page was again absent on Friday when demonstrators (pictured) converged on his office for a second time in a month to protest his government’s position on CSG. But Mr Page told local media he had subsequently spoken to one of the organisers, John Heaton, in what he described as a ‘constructive meeting’. Photos David Lowe


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NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

With COVID-19 cases surging across Sydney and defence forces being deployed in the city, NSW Parliament put out a brief statement last week saying MPs will not sit in the month of August ‘owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in NSW’.

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

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