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May 12, 2021

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Respect for Country

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Interview with Mell and Zara from the Byron Comedy Fest

After a year under a COVID-19 hiatus, The Byron Comedy Fest is back! Next Thursday sees this fledgling event open the doors to its second weekend presenting all that is fabulous and funny. Set on the Byron beachfront at the Byron Surf Club and styled as a classy bespoke beachside speakeasy, this event is the creative lovechild of besties Zara Noruzi and Mell Coppin.

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.

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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

No expense is spared to rescue a lone British yachtsman in trouble thousands of kilometres away in the great southern ocean, but this government comfortably ignores the plight of 60 non-British asylum-seekers in trouble a couple of hundred kilometres off our shores.

Our nation is unworthy of the transparently racist approach to asylum seekers pursued by politicians of both flavours.

Recall our national anthem: ‘For those who’ve come across the seas, We’ve boundless plains to share; With courage let us all combine, To Advance Australia Fair’.

We make this promise every time the anthem is sung. Now do we mean it, or should we change the anthem?

Australian society would benefit by welcoming people who have the courage, determination and intelligence to make the desperate journey here in a leaky boat.

They have far more to contribute than racist, bloated politicians appealing to fear and ignorance.

 W Boyle, Durrumbul

 

 


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