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SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

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Half-price quarantine a step in the right direction, says NSW Farmers’ Association

NSW Farmers’ Association says it's pleased that calls for the subsidisation of quarantine costs for agricultural workers have been heard by the NSW Government.

Councillors move to create alternative housing market

Byron Council is aiming to make 10 per cent of local housing genuinely affordable within the space of a decade, under a brave and ambitious plan to implement a Community Land Trust (CLT) model across the Shire.  

Armed robberies in Northern Rivers

Police have been investigating two armed robberies this week, one in Byron Bay and one in Lismore.

$1500 council fee rebates for farmers

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Kingscliff RPA bringing it all back home

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A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

Coming from left field though it may be, and with everybody’s favourite type-cast anti-hero, Bill Murray, as its protagonist, Theodore Melfi’s churchy morality tale is as cheesy and every bit as predictable as Annie.

Vincent (Murray) is an irascible old punter and drink-driver who is cranky, rude and selfish – but we are meant to like him because he is Bill Murray, and mega-star Murray flies the flag for the outsider so many of us want to be.

He reverses his groovy retro car over his own white picket fence (a white picket fence? for Murray?) but lets his new neighbour, single-mum Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), bear the cost of it.

Later, he will withdraw all the money from the savings of Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), Maggie’s son, to bet on a trifecta in the hope of paying off his debts.

He is a man of fashionable cynicism but no redeeming qualities, apart from the fact that he regularly visits his dying wife – and is that so exemplary?

Oliver, bullied at school, comes under the reprobate’s wing and you can see from a mile off where we’re headed.

McCarthy is terrific as the modern woman carrying the world on her shoulders – working double shifts at the hospital to do the right thing by her kid while Vincent pisses the money she gives him to mind Oliver up against the wall.

It is so annoying that the script is written to portray Vincent as a saintly character while Maggie’s efforts go unheralded.

Having said that, Murray gives a classic performance as Murray (for mine, an actor of limited range), while Lieberher really is sweet and Naomi Watts clearly has a lot of fun as Daka, the pregnant Russian(?) hooker with a heart of gold (what else?).

The idea that everybody is good if you strip away a few coarse layers is fine, but Vincent does nothing to earn his salvation and, in the end, it’s a bit of a stretch to believe that he is any the wiser.

~ John Campbell


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