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My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

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Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo...

Editorial – #ChooseToChallenge the patriarchy

It is easy to think we have almost achieved equality for men and women in a country like Australia – just as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

PM forced

Narelle Rendalls, Ballina With reference to the recent serious sexual assault allegations in Canberra, our Prime Minister has a lot to...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Nurses call for an improved aged care sector

A ‘walk with nurses’ was held in Mullum last Friday, and aimed to highlight the concern aged care nurses have around fee structures, safety issues and staff training in order to properly care for our elderly.

Nicolette Boaz, Bondi 

I concur with Robert Webber about NSW police force being wasted on deployment in an everyday situation.

Democracy is something that people have fought and died for and it is concerning that Australians are not aware that their rights are being usurped by over policing without just cause.

Recently I spent 12 hours in Melbourne at an all night event that was attended by at least 300,000 punters.

The city was closed down, Flinders St station turned into a stage, laser light shows on the river, beautiful graphics shone onto old buildings and the entire centre of the city chockers with people strolling around from 7pm until 7am.

During this 12 hours I saw perhaps six police, NO sniffer dogs, and a handful of security to protect some of the installations, eg in a church.

I abhor Australians being treated like a potential criminals. It is an intrusion that I resent on behalf of all of us. It is a massive waste of public resources and an unhealthy and dangerous direction for Australia to go.

 


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