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My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations...

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ANZAC Day with a difference in Lismore

The Northern Rivers peace group ‘Remembering and Healing’ (RaH), now in its twelfth year, is organising two public events for ANZAC Day to remember the suffering war brings on all sides, and to make a strong commitment to peace and non-violence.

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Dili facing double disaster

The capital of East Timor, Dili, is reeling after flood waters swept through the city on the weekend, leaving at least 27 dead. The President of East Timor, Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo, described the floods as a 'great calamity'.

Wardell and Pimlico Halls to be upgraded

Yesterday the Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, announced $70,000 of funding for upgrades to Wardell and Pimlico Halls, in Ballina Shire.

Fundraiser for EB at the Beachy

At any given moment around 500,000 people, mostly children, live with Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) a group of rare medical conditions that result in easy blistering of the skin and mucous membranes. 

In the ditch

Peter Olson, Goonengerry The Suez Canal blockage is just one small part of the Reset Button: unexpected delays, meet ‘just-in-time’ production. You...

The Electoral Commission now has a Smart Roll in NSW which gleans information and automatically registers people who have never been on the roll from vehicle registrations, driver licences, proof-of-age registrations, first home owners grants. Federally the rolls use Centrelink records.

The good news is that when rolls close for this year’s March 28 election, most likely on March 9, those not registered can still vote by showing up at their local polling booth on election day with photo ID and cast their vote even if their name is not on the roll.

The contra news is that a fine for not voting (unless you have a convincing excuse) starts at $55 and goes up with court costs if the Electoral Commission pursues you. Endgame is the possible cancelling of your licence or motor vehicle registration.

In NSW at this coming election we have optional preferential voting so one does not have to vote for any party or person they do not support to still cast a legitimate vote. This scares the major parties but is more democratic. An option I do not support, is an informal vote, Every progressive non-vote is a vote for conservatives.

So have an impact on the system at its very heart and vote. Keep in mind half the world’s population is dying (often literally) for the right to live in a democracy.

Ian Cohen, Broken Head

 


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