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April 13, 2021

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A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

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Byron Council explores community land trust option for affordable housing

Could the creation of a Community Land Trust in the Byron Shire provide desperately needed, genuinely affordable housing for locals on low incomes?

HuskeeSwap launches in Lennox

An exciting initiative to keep coffee cups out of landfill launched in Lennox Head yesterday. Ballina Shire Council is backing the HuskeeSwap program with free coffees at different cafes in Lennox this week, for coffeeholics keen to try a new solution to a growing problem.

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.

Brunswick Heads surf lifesaver wins gold 

Brunswick Heads surf lifesaver Paul ‘Punchy’ Davis won gold in the 600m paddle board race

Maybe Canberra needs a bit of distraction biff

Mick breathed in but his Cronulla Sharks football jersey struggled to contain his well-insulated six-pack and he held up his hand as he approached Bazza in the front bar of the Top Pub.

Hassle councillors, not Council staff

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Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech was one of the greatest ever made.

It was delivered in 1963, two years before he led the famous freedom march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery, but King’s stirring oratory is a feature of Ava DuVernay’s tense and righteous movie.

The degree to which racism was entrenched in the deep south of the US remains incomprehensible to us (or it should do), with coloured people virtually disenfranchised by the fact that their application to vote needed to be endorsed by a white.

Black resentment came to a head in Selma, as King and his supporters campaigned for legislation that would enforce their civil rights.

The script is overwritten in parts and sometimes stodgy with declamatory dialogue that threatens to overwhelm passion with politics, but having said that, it’s not a bad thing for any filmmaker to delve deeper than the superficialities that are so regularly dished up in historical dramas.

The behind the scenes negotiating with a reluctant President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) is enlightening, as is the exposure of rifts that threatened to erupt between the movement’s hawks and doves.

DuVernay does well to not wallow in the violence of the period – the little girls killed in the church explosion at the beginning and the attack on the bridge towards the end accentuate the ever-present physical threat much more than any gore-fest might.

Nor does she take the easy option of using big hit songs from the period to create atmosphere – her soundtrack is much more down-home and earthy, and, because it is held back to the last, her use of archival footage is incredibly moving.

David Oyelowo does a fantastic job in portraying a leader of dignity and solemn commitment coming to a slow boil, whilst Tim Roth’s Governor George Wallace is hateful in the extreme.

Doctor King was no angel, but he was a giant among men – would that we could find anybody like him in Oz today.

~ John Campbell

 


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