18.6 C
Byron Shire
December 6, 2021

The real story behind Manus Island mayhem

Latest News

Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

Other News

Pryce Allsop seeks reelection for Tweed Council

Cr Pryce Allsop was a Conservative member of the previous Tweed Shire Council and hails from Murwillumbah.

Corruption and waste

For many years the corrupt behaviour of our State politicians has been front and centre at the ICAC. Eddie...

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

A disappointed dog

It’s taken a whole week for my dog to read to page 21 in last week’s Echo. She’s been...

Candidates against the train

Bruce Clarke, Mark Swivel and Asren Pugh have officially stated they do not believe it’s worth trying to get...

Lismore Council elections

I’m somewhat bemused by the candidates for the Lismore Council election. One ticket has 14 candidates, when there are...

On Friday night, I was so upset and offended at the actions of our government with respect to the offshore detention and ongoing abuse of our boat people refugees, that I attended a protest rally in Brisbane’s King George Square where around 1,000 people gathered to hear several speakers.

Guest speakers even included a representative from the local Aboriginal council, who spoke of  the atrocities being carried out on Manus Island and the need to end offshore detention and bring them all to the Australian mainland for processing.

The rally then proceeded on a protest march around the Brisbane CBD.

For the real story on what happened last week on Manus Island, read the account at http://rran.org/

The Refugee Action Collective which organised this action has asked us to try to get together and rally a larger group of people to protest, for this coming Friday evening, 28 Feb at 5.30pm which will be held once again at King George Square in front of Brisbane’s City Hall.

Please see http://www.rac-qld.org/updates or further advice on other venues where actions are to be taken and how to protest the current unacceptable situation.

Colin Westwood, Brisbane


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Growing number of dogs

Thanks to Alison Drover for her informative article in last week’s Echo regarding the growing number of dogs in the Shire to be managed...

Responsible dog owner

I read with interest Alison Drover’s article on dog management and the follow up letters last week, and I couldn’t agree more. I am indifferent...

Dogs need control

I agree with Alison Drover’s recent article and her final line ‘wildlife needs more love, and our dog owners need a tighter lead’. But the...

COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 2 December. Northern NSW Local...