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March 5, 2021

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Nimbin medicinal cannabis event, March 27

Two experienced medical cannabis doctors and a retired magistrate who is passionate about changing the drug driving rules will take part in the MEDICAN gathering in Nimbin.

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Interview with Claire Atkins from SHIT

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

Top of Mt Warning

Daniel O’Brien, Federal Letters about Mt Warning were interesting. Chris Gee defended National Parks and Wildlife for adopting the views of...

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?


Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Be proud of Ballina, help clean up our beaches

This Sunday, 7 March, Ballina Coastcare is inviting everyone who cares about Ballina's environment to Step Up To Clean Up, and join a special event for Clean Up Australia Day.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

I wrote to some politicians to express my opposition to gas mining, the inappropriate deployment of our riot squad and to support the Bentley blockade.

I wrote to NSW mines minister Chris Hartcher, but he stood down when I posted the letter.

I wrote to Barry O’Farrell, who quit the day after I posted the letter, then I wrote to Don Page asking for a prompt answer to three easy questions: What does he think of Metgasco’s project at Bentley? What percentage of his electorate opposes gas mining? and Why shouldn’t we think his silence on the issue is irresponsible and cowardly? The next day he announced he’s not running for re-election, and hasn’t answered my questions.

Then I wrote to the police minister Michael Gallacher, who stood down the day I posted the letter.

All true, and yes, I am writing to Tony Abbott.

Alistair Bell, Byron Bay

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  1. Casino has been promised 24 hour policing as soon as finances become available. We are still waiting and relying on police coming from Lismore when crime happens “out of hours.” My question is where are the funds for this massive and costly operation against the local community, who politicians won’t listen to. coming from. Will taxpayers have to pay each time Metgasco wants to put in a well? They ate putting in thousands! The ordinary people, mums, dads, grandparents, farmers at Bently will be there for every well, we have to be as we will be here in twenty or so years when Metgasco or the bigger company they sell out to leave taking their profits and leaving their toxic mess. Democracy it seems is dead. The good news is wars are a thing of the past. Why fight when all that is needed is a few donations to major political parties, making good friends with politicians and giving fake Christmas trees to the locals to compensate for their loss of clean air, water, livelihoods and beautiful surroundings allows you to legally take what you want against their wishes

  2. I love it, Alistair!

    Wonderful, isn’t it!

    Please send duplicate copies to our PM!!!!!! And please send them priority paid! 🙂


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