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Youth arrested over Nimbin shooting

A 20-year-old has been charged over a shooting that took place in the middle of the day near the centre of Nimbin.

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Spice it Up: consistently good Thai

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: A Sobering Tale

Like most people I know alcoholism is in my genes. My father was an alcoholic. He drove drunk into another car, killed himself and an innocent man. He was 30. I’m 53.

Are you a mycophile or a mycophobe?

Considering we have such a reputation for clean, green, environmentally responsible farming of nutrient rich food, it’s surprising that...

Push to create transitional accommodation at Lot 22

Should the Council-owned plot of land in Mullumbimby, known as Lot 22, be used for temporary accommodation for those at risk of homelessness, as a matter of urgency?

To kill all Jews? No…

Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby With respect to Wakil and Macklin (Letters, 21 July) the assertion that the Palestinian resistance wants to kill...

The great Ballina Library book sale

This Friday and Saturday will see book lovers dreams materialise in Ballina when the library holds their Library Collection Overhaul and Book Sale.

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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NSW Parliament off for a month, with full pay

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Push to create transitional accommodation at Lot 22

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