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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

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Interview with Claire Atkins from SHIT

I saw SHIT last year and I was blown away. Incredible script. Incredible acting.

Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Parking permits

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Ben Hamilton riding for kids with cancer

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The modern malaise of the West lies in a conviction that all of its institutions, from governments to major business enterprises, are out to get us.

It is an orthodoxy that, if too often blatantly true, is adhered to mindlessly as the dominant paradigm of the age (‘they’ are the enemy who would deny us everything) – even This Paper rigidly conforms to it.

Jean-Marc Vallée’s superbly acted, if slightly repetitive, Dallas Buyers Club sets its foundation in the solid ground of popular resentfulness towards the powers that be.

Set in 1985, at the point where the AIDS epidemic in the US was nearing plague proportions (Rock Hudson had just died), there is an early scene in which a pharmaceutical company rep refers to the ‘great opportunity’ that research into a cure for HIV represents.

Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a homophobic roughneck rodeo guy employed as an oil-field electrician, is shocked to learn that he has contracted the virus.

Advised that he has thirty days to get his affairs in order, Ron rails against fate and decides to take his treatment into his own hands. He travels to Mexico to procure drugs that have not been sanctioned by the appropriate agencies and establishes the Dallas Buyers Club, through which he can pass the drugs on to fellow sufferers who pay a fee to join (such groups were not uncommon – I had no idea).

Lip service is paid to the validity of controlled studies that scientists must do before making pronouncements about public health issues, but the emphasis is on the rightness of the little man against the suits.

Politics aside, though, it is Ron’s inner journey that grips the onlooker, not letting go until the sad but inevitable conclusion.

McConaughey, at the peak of his powers after leaving behind his rom-com career, is fantastic in a role that is demanding both physically and emotionally, as is Jared Leto as Rayon, the transvestite junkie with whom Ron forms an unlikely bond.

Not an easy movie, but well worth it.

~ John Campbell


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Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.