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Byron Shire
June 4, 2023

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Why are white Australians even being asked to vote on the Voice?

The fast-approaching Voice referendum is a complete clusterf**k for all Australians. It stinks of failure at each and every...

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Ballina council votes against investment handicap for fossil fuel-free ventures

Independent Ballina Shire Councillor Jeff Johnson has lost a last-ditch effort to reinstate a council investment policy clause in favour of diverting from fossil fuels.

Francisco’s table

A thick hunk of toasted sourdough, a joyous tumble of braised tomatoey capsicum and onion and beans, a perfect fried egg to crest it all – and there it is on the counter waiting for whoever ordered it and I’m so tempted to claim it!

New initiative to enliven Lismore’s CBD

Lismore City Council, the Lismore Regional Gallery and vacant shop owners, have announced the launch of the Lismore City ArtVenture.

Sustainable fashion course on offer

Born in Byron, bred in a sweatshop, made from earth-destroying parts and brought back to you with copious carbon miles… it’s fast fashion, but it’s not a good look.

3.8ML earthquake hits Melbourne’s northern suburbs

Residents in Melbourne and the northern suburbs were woken in the middle of the night as a magnitude 3.8 earthquake shook the darkness radiating out from the town of Sunbury, about 41 kilometres north west of the city.

Israel’s formation

In his apologia for Israel, what Danny Wakil failed to mention about Israel’s formation is significant.  From his description you’d...

Mark Reeves, Pottsville

Thanks to the Greens, the carbon price seemed to be the first step in the right direction to deal with ‘the greatest moral challenge of our time’. But now it appears that Kevin Rudd has backflipped in order to score political points. And climate change denier Tony Abbott refers to a carbon tax as ‘the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no-one’.

To secure a safe climate we need strong leadership based on policy not politics. Labor’s scrapping of the carbon price is a move to having the polluters pay less and to slow down the transition to renewable energy. The Liberal and National’s direct action plan (which not a single economist or climate expert supports) pays the polluter to pollute at taxpayers’ expense.

We are facing a climate emergency. Independent climate scientists recently stated: we simply have to leave about 80 per cent of the world’s fossil fuel reserves in the ground. We cannot afford to burn them and still have a stable and safe climate. Carbon capture and storage technology is proving to be a pipe dream, so it’s time to accept that the coal industry is terminal. The technology is there to quickly move to renewables – this means jobs, investment opportunities and significant greenhouse gas reduction.

The emissions trading scheme, previously dumped and now reinstated by Mr Rudd, does not contain strong investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and it locks in weak targets and high levels of compensation for big polluters. The Greens have said that they would support a well-designed ETS with more ambitious emission reduction targets than the pitiful five per cent by 2020. In the meantime we should stick with the carbon price package, which will deliver immediate pollution reduction.

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