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June 18, 2021

Senate holds the key

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Tender to build rail trail from M’bah to Crabbes Creek awarded

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Bananas better than banana benders’ bananas

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Celebrating 12 years of liberating food for those in need

Liberation Larder is located on Fletcher St Byron Bay behind the community centre and was founded in 2009 by Venerable Honu, a Buddhist nun, who recognised there were many people in our community struggling to make ends meet. 

Healthy Minds Club powering ahead

Since The Echo last spoke to Lennox Head's Jackson Connellan, from The Healthy Minds Club, things have become even...

Big donation and new poetry competition for BR4R

Local community group Ballina Region for Refugees is having a big month, with a major anonymous donation amongst other news.

Backsliders coming to Lennox

Australian music legends the Backsliders are coming to Lennox Head for the first time, to play at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Saturday 26 June 2021.

Save Waterlily park

Tina Petroff, Waterlily Playscape Inc. For decades our local voluntary committees in Ocean Shores (OS) have fought for basic needs for...

The polls indicate that in a matter days, Australia will enter a the ‘Abbott era’ and the loss of many things we hold dear: care for the poor, industrial relations fairness, equity in schooling, human rights for desperate refugees (already condemned by the UN and making us a pariah worldwide). Unrestricted CSG mining, coal port expansion on the Great Barrier Reef and complete denial of the enormous climate threat are also on the horizon.

The only possible hope now is for The Greens to hold the balance of power in the Senate. Abbott only needs to win three more Senate seats to have absolute control of both houses of Parliament. If this happens, Abbott will be able to legislate whatever he wants. Statistically, Labor cannot win enough seats to moderate Abbott in the Senate.

In NSW, the last Senate seat will be a toss-up between The Greens and Pauline Hanson, or the Shooters Party. It’s a stark choice and one voters need to think about very carefully, otherwise we may end up with far-right parties with extremist policies doing deals to help pass Abbott’s agenda through the Senate.

The Greens have a vision for Australia and the courage to stand up for issues that matter. We need more Greens in parliament to stop the excesses of an Abbott government.

Graeme Williams, Mullumbimby


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