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Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

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Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

Missing teen located safe and well near Tweed Heads

A teen missing in the state’s North has been located safe and well.

Heritage Bruns?

David Kolb, Brunswick Head When Mathew O’Reilly spoke to Council regarding heritage listing for parts of Brunswick Heads he was quoted...

No more MOs for Tweed Shire

In a move that may have surprised some council watchers, it was the conservative councillors who voted in favour of keeping multiple occupancies (MO) in Tweed Shire.

Missing teen – Tweed Heads

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boy reported missing from Tweed Heads.

PM forced

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

Dawn Walker, federal Greens candidate for Richmond

This week Matthew Fraser ‘counter challenged’ me in the local press on the Greens policy for creating jobs.

I welcome this question. As a small-business operator and former small-business policy adviser I am committed to supporting our local small business community here in Richmond and across the nation. Small business is the lifeblood of our economy with over two million small businesses in Australia, employing over seven million people, representing over 60 per cent of our workforce.

I have spent much of my working life as a policy adviser on small business matters and looking at ways to reduce red tape for small business so they can thrive and prosper. When small business does well, its community does well – with local jobs, locally manufactured products and a sense of community working and supporting each other.

Large overseas-funded industries such as fossil-fuel mining have a negative effect on these smaller businesses, especially local manufacturing, by driving up the Australian dollar and making export of Australian-made products nigh impossible. Our local surfboard manufacturers have really struggled in the past few years to compete in the export markets. Once manufacturing jobs go offshore, they don’t return to Australia.

The Greens refuse to risk our country’s future. We recognise that a diverse, creative and resilient economy is the guarantee we need for a prosperous society beyond the resources boom.

I look forward to debating Matthew Fraser on this important issue during the election campaign.


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Suspicion and belief

Fast Buck$, Coorabell My suspicion is that the mayor and the senior staff have been helping Michael Lyon become electable as mayor by scripting his...

Optics

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Suffolk Park pump track

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