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February 25, 2021

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Police use road spikes to catch speeder

Police say that on Friday at around 10.45pm, they received information that a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe was travelling south of the Pacific Motorway towards the QLD/NSW border.

Will Ballina Council live up to its promise?

A motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to be tabled at Ballina Shire Council's meeting this week will ask the council to live up to its promise to act on the climate emergency, and divest from fossil fuel investments.

A safe space for sexual assault survivors

In a perfect world, the trauma Margot and Joana experienced would not have happened, and there would be no need for the very important support group they have created.

Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

Loveday wins All Shorts second year in a row

Filmmakers travelled from where COVID allowed this weekend to be part of the 30th birthday celebrations for Flickerfest in...

Spots for kids circus nearly full

Mullumbimby’s Spaghetti Circus kicked off its first term with a record number of enrolments and there is much fun to be had following a difficult COVID year.

Jodie Minton, Mullumbimby

I’ve been talking to a lot of people in the lead-up to this election and it seems most of them don’t want to see Abbott as our PM come September 8. So I’m asking you what readers are doing to stop this happening.

My tack is to promote the work of The Greens, but you don’t have to join a political party to effect change. As I’ve stepped up my involvement in the election campaign I have been struck by a few things:

1. talking politics is socially ‘taboo’

2. many people don’t understand the preferential voting system

3. most people are unaware of the $5 donation they make (via the AEC) to the party they direct their first preference to

4. many people are disengaged in the voting process.

Voting is our democratic right, and it’s one I take seriously. I want to have a say in the future of this country. We need to talk more, not less, about politics (and policies).

We need to understand that voting for a minor party is not a ‘wasted’ vote. We need to be educated on the preferential voting system and understand that in the case of your first-preference candidate not winning, your vote flows on at full value according to how you preference the other candidates.

You should also be aware that voting above the line in the senate in NSW for micro-parties such as HEMP, Stop CSG and WikiLeaks means your vote will land with a right-wing candidate ahead of The Greens.

And finally, remember that on election day every first preference vote greater than four per cent, in both houses of parliament, directs $2.49 on your behalf to that party.

Your vote counts. Get talking. Get active. Get educated.

I don’t want to wake up on September 8 to Tony Abbott as our PM. I don’t want Kevin Rudd either, but hey, that’s another story.


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