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Byron Shire
April 19, 2021

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No accountability for proven police misconduct

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What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

DPI has an eye on Lismore’s yellow crazy ants

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is a species of ant, originally from Southeast Asia, that has been accidentally introduced to numerous places in the world – including Lismore.

Interview with Jean Kittson

Comedian, writer, and social commentator Jean Kittson has the ability to distil complex ideas into commonsense. Jean is one of the national treasures in conversation with Mandy Nolan and Fiona O’Loughlin at No Eggs for Breakfast, a comedic chat themed around life beyond fertility! It seemed remiss not to ask Ms Kittson on her take on the debacle that is federal politics and gender equity.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.

Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

The community of Lismore are invited to join events organised by the Remembering and Healing (RaH) group over the weekend encompassing ANZAC Day.

Poor Council drains

Kate Anderson, Mullumbimby In response to and support of Kerry Gray’s and Robin Gracie’s letters Echo 31 March). The McGoughans Lane...

There is something increasingly disturbing, creepy even, about Tom Cruise.

As his blockbuster career bludgeons its way ever deeper into the nether regions of febrile male fantasy, you can’t help but think that the brain of the bubble-boy hero, infected with the mumbo jumbo of Scientology, has gone with it.

Hollywood’s invincible champions of justice and the American way, a dime a dozen, have never been known for their fallibility or introspection, but the contemporary audience’s taste for irony has gradually led to a softening of their steely hubris – the wonderful Bruce Willis has led the way by introducing self-parody to the hard man’s repertoire.

Tom has not had a bar of this evolution. Instead he gives the impression that he actually believes the malarkey that his characters embody, that he is that awesome avenging angel.

This time he is Cage, an at-first reluctant warrior encased from head to toe in a ridiculous, Transformer-type full-metal uniform with guns protruding everywhere from it.

He and Rita (Emily Blunt), similarly decked out, are leading the fightback mission that will liberate Europe from the terror of an omnipotent invading force – it goes without saying in the movies that engagement with outer-space organisms, when it comes, will be bellicose.

The aliens, multi-legged dragon things, have the temperament of rabid dogs and, boy oh boy, Tom’s really got his work cut out for him – it’s just as well he has Rita and dishevelled professor Noah Taylor on his side.

The brain-strain that you must negotiate before you get to the ultimate Big Fight concerns the ability of Omega, the enemy’s core, to wind the clock back to re-start time whenever events run against it.

This means that poor Tom gets shot in the scone by Emily every time he makes a blunder, leaving him to wake up afresh at the beginning of the ACTION PACKED adventure. It’s a bit like Groundhog Day meets Slaughterhouse Five, with neither the humour of the former nor the wisdom of the latter.

~ John Campbell

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  1. Gratuitous, inflammatory comments like the ones you published do nothing more than show arrogance and disdain toward people of faith. We respect your right to freedom of speech and the press. You should respect our right to freedom of religion. Bigotry of any kind has no place in society.

    • Hammond, you do not respect freedom of speech or religion. Scientology is a … organization masquerading as a religion. Even if Scientology was actually a religion and not a … organization freedom of religion isn’t affected by criticism. Scientology is well known for their practices of litigation, .. acts, … to prevent free speech. Scientology also prevents freedom of religion by attacking ‘independent Scientologists’ who won’t pay for Scientology nonsense…. You claim bigotry of any kind has no place in society, well at least when it comes to criticizing the … organization of Scientology, but when it is being practiced in and by Scientology and Scientologists you embrace it like scripture,

  2. Let me begin by saying that i am not a scientologist.
    And l may not like a few things about mr cruise’s personal life but when it comes to acting he always delivers.
    Regarding to the article above..it is clear that it is far away from objectivity.

  3. Agree with Hammond. How the ill informed can gleefully write off a religious philosophy the size, scope and depth of Scientology is beyond me.


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