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Police raid ‘unauthorised events’ in national parks

Police say that eleven people have been charged following unauthorised gatherings held at national parks on the weekend.

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Koalas and dogs

I want to thank Byron Council for including the flyer in The Echo about koalas and dogs. There is...

Perrottet & Opus Dei

Bugga! Just when we don’t need to expect the Spanish Inquisition, out pops its wolf-in-sheep’s clothing remake: Opus Dei....

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 12 October, 2021

Check out what's on at the cinema this week in Ballina and Byron

Creative definition of affordable housing before Byron Council 

A development application is (again) coming before this week’s planning meeting, which attempts to use ‘farm stay’ accommodation to provide affordable housing for students enrolled in agriculture-related courses.

Queensland Parliamentary Annexe disturbed by Extinction Rebellion protest

This morning, October 13, a protest organised by Extinction Rebellion disrupted the Queensland Parliamentary Annexe in Brisbane.

Disappointing

The actions of the Byron Shire Director of Infrastructure toward some members of the Water, Waste & Sewer Advisory...

Ian Macfarlane, governor of the Reserve Bank for most of the Howard years, has pointed out in his book, The Search for Stability, that short-term interest rates in the 1970s and early 1980s were ‘higher in December 1985 (Hawke-Keating government), even higher in April 1982 (Fraser-Howard) and briefly so in May 1974 (Whitlam)’. The reforms, mostly when Keating was treasurer, started the long period of stability that we have now. So Australia’s economy, with some fluctuations owing to the global situation, is now largely independent of government and should not be the major focus of the current election. Of much more significance within a few decades will be global warming and the related problem of world over-population. Australia, the world’s highest per-capita greenhouse-gas emitter, has a huge responsibility owing to its wealth and stability to not only contribute but to lead. As with all waste products, there has to be a cost associated with their clean-up and we cannot pretend otherwise.

Of the three proposed schemes, an ETS is clearly the cheapest and most effective while Direct Action is by far the most convoluted and expensive. The latter may not be a big new tax but it will require an even bigger impost on normal taxation revenues with either large increases within the current tax system or a huge and unacceptable reduction in essential services.

Brian Milton, Avalon

 


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