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MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

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Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

Police chase ends in head-on car and truck crash

Police have declared a critical incident investigation after a car chase in Ballina ended in a crash Friday night.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze that suited newcomers to the sport well.

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

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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Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land at the Belongil Spit. Indeed, it...

Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

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Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

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Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

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