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Zionism, antisemitism, Israel

Thank you for the political comment from David Heilpern (July 3) – it was to the point and very...

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Developer may destroy up to 1.5 million indigenous artefacts in Lismore

Land and Environment Court accepts Uncle Mickey Ryan as party to the case after Lismore Council fails to defend Aboriginal cultural heritage of North Lismore Plateau.

Mrs Elliot

It’s very unfortunate that Justine Elliot has so little confidence in herself or her party that she needs to...

Keeping the Outback alive with patronage

We do love the sunburnt country on our wide brown land, but businesses are falling by the wayside as travellers bypass small towns, or worse, stop to spend a penny but not a few dollars.

Zionism is not a dirty word

I was disheartened reading Heilpern’s article (Echo, July 3). I understand his confusion when stating '… an antisemite one...

Byron and Tweed Councils pursue housing project dreams

Long-held council dreams of new, affordable housing on public land in the Byron and Tweed Shires are closer to being realised, mayors say, with state and federal government support.

Veterans honoured for their service

On July 11, the Byron Bay RSL sub-branch held an inaugural memorial service to officially recognise the veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Arabian Gulf, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. 

M Mizzi, Byron Bay

In the latest of unauthorised intrusions into our private lives it has come to light, thanks to Greens senator, Scott Ludlam, just about every government department (and in some cases non-government entities such as the RSPCA) have been routinely infiltrating email and other web-based correspondences. Over 103,000 times in NSW alone!

It seems like every man and his dog, literally, can simply access your correspondence without any court warrants for whatever reason they deem fit! Federal government agencies using telecommunications data include the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Tax Office, numerous government departments, Medicare, Centrelink and Australia Post.

‘This is the personal data of hundreds of thousands, indeed millions of Australians, and it seems that just about anyone in government can get it,’ said Senator Ludlam in the SMH. He said the increase in access authorisations demonstrated the current data access regime was ‘out of control’ and amounted to the framework for a ‘surveillance state’.

It seems these authorities have actually taken George Orwell’s book 1984 as a template and manual rather than a warning against this very same thing.

Do you remember voting to allow this kind of surveillance to happen? I don’t.


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Byron and Tweed Councils pursue housing project dreams

Long-held council dreams of new, affordable housing on public land in the Byron and Tweed Shires are closer to being realised, mayors say, with state and federal government support.

Tweed council catching up on DA backlog

Tweed Shire Council staff say they’re catching up on and reducing the number of outstanding development applications [DAs] lodged locally.

King tide flooding in Ballina

King tides in Ballina are expected to cause minor flooding of some local roads this week.

Teenage girl missing from Coffs Harbour

Police are asking the public for help finding a teenage girl reported missing from the Coffs Harbour area over the weekend.