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July 14, 2024

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While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week in Byron Bay

Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

AMBER ALERT: Missing Children, Paradise Point

The Queensland Police Service is seeking urgent public assistance to help locate a 3-year-old girl, 5-year-old boy and 6-year-old boy who went missing from Victor Avenue in Paradise Point at 4pm yesterday, who may be at significant risk.

Let the BBSF fun begin!

The Byron Bay Surf Festival (BBSF) is just over a month away and they have a huge program for surfers and spectators from August 15-18.

Woman charged with DV-related offences – Casino and Goonelabah

A woman will face court today over a domestic violence offence.

Dive head first into some 2024’s biggest books at the Byron Writers Festival

With the festival just over a month away, here’s a taste of some of the biggest and most compelling books in the Byron Writers Festival 2024 program.

Northern Rivers blacked out as Essential Energy ‘sheds load’

24,500 customers in Ballina, Lismore and surrounding areas experienced an unplanned power outage after Essential Energy was directed to ‘shed load to protect transmission security’.

The federal government has pushed through unprecedented powers for ASIO to copy and delete files and monitor unlimited numbers of private citizens’ computers, and jail journalists for national security reporting.

The Greens voted against the bill, slamming the new measures as extreme and a relentless expansion of powers of surveillance on citizens.

What we’ve seen is a disproportionate and rushed expansion of coercive surveillance powers that are not proven to make anybody any safer, but will affect our freedoms that have been hard won over decades.

The new laws expand the power of ASIO allowing it the power to access and modify, copy or delete data on an unlimited number of third-party computers that may be related to a suspect – that is, computers of individuals who may be completely innocent of any crime.

Labor has sold out by helping the Abbott government obtain these unprecedented powers, which amount to massive over-reach.

We know that big brother surveillance won’t necessarily make Australia any safer. These are unprecedented powers that invade the privacy of all Australians for no proven security benefit.

Dawn Walker, Australian Greens 

 

Contact, Dawn Walker: 0411 404


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