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But March in March, which will see Byron Bay take part in a nationwide action, saw councillors divided on whether to support it.

As organisers feared, during last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting Crs Woods, Cubis, and Hunter pushed for slugging the organisers with charges.

The amendment by Crs Woods/Cubis,, which would have imposed fees on the rally, failed.

Cr Cubis said that, while he supports their right to protest, ‘it is inappropriate to pay for the march,’ and to align yourself with the group is ‘a step too far’.

But Cr Cameron’s original motion passed, with conditions for the go-ahead including that traffic control and escort be provided by the police and that public liability insurance be in place for the sum of at least $20 million.

The event will also be notified on Council’s website and in Council’s notices in The Echo at no cost to organisers.

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  1. Great stuff. Thank you to the councillors who supported this… At least the MIM people did the right thing and sought council’s involvement so it wasn’t a complete mishmash – I’m glad that council chose to recognise that we could have all just descended on town on 16 March nonetheless, and without seeking to involve council and do the right thing, and caused absolute chaos with traffic and tourists. March in March. A got of No Confidence in the present federal government.

  2. Good to see the reactionaries lose that one!

    For Cubis to rail about political alignment is surely hypocrisy. He, along with Woods and Hunter, would have us back in the mid-20th century in flash if they could, with public opinion and the right to protest quashed.

    All power to the progressives on Council!

  3. I’m marching in Canberra on the meanest and SECOND dumbest Federal Govt in Oz’s history, the FIRST being the Whitlam Labo(U)r Govt. who nearly sent Oz bankrupt over the Kemlani loans. The one with bikechains for brains has now picked on our National Parks. What’s next? Razing historical buildings for home unit development? Don’t blame me, a conservative voter for about 14 elections straight, I haven’t voted conservative since [this bloke] gained control of the Senate. Where the heck is Malcolm?

    Let’s plan the next march now before the State elections a year away. Who’ll join me in a march on NSW Parliament House against the wicked dictatorship known as Local Land Services under the Ministership of Katrina Hodgkinson?


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