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No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

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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.  

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

Byron and Ballina secure funds from Coastal and Estuary Grants

A coastal hazard assessment study and a coastal management program will be funded as the NSW Government announces over $100,000 for Byron and Ballina Shire Councils under the 2020-21 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program.

Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

$1500 council fee rebates for farmers

NSW Farmers commends the NSW Government on its delivery of a rebate scheme for NSW and local government fees and charges, following its $500 million commitment in the State Budget last year.

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

What is emerging after the Queensland election routing, is the conservatives [Liberal/ National] and mainstream commentators are questioning the way political parties sell their policies and political vision to the public.

It has been suggested that ‘reforms’ are off the agenda because the voters will not accept them – which begs the question, after some analysis what exactly are they talking about?

Essentially, the conservatives wish to impose harsh austerity measures by deceptive means on the most vulnerable and weak in society.

By contrast, social democrats [Labor] soften their policies around the edges, industrial relations stands out, however their record on asylum seekers after the political dog whistling when in government turned out more harsh and inhumane than the conservatives.

What is going on is both major political parties are wedded to the same global political, economic agenda – neo liberalism, which is ensuring that the interests of big business, big capital are secure by creating conditions and policies for economic growth.

This trend has been unfolding for decades; the Hawke and Keating Labor government in 1983 ushered in these so called economic reforms [neo liberalism]

Today we are witnessing the results of these decades’ old policies and practices – accelerating global in equality, where the one per cent own 48 per cent of the whole world’s wealth.

By 2016 it will be more than 50%. By continuing the selling of public assets, services to private companies who make mega profits, in the name of privatisation. This in effect is a cost shifting exercise to the rich and powerful, by governments, abrogating their responsibility to providing quality public owned and operated services to the people..

This is the realpolitik today the tweedle dee, tweedle dumb of the major political parties – Liberal/National and Labor.

Enter, Syriza the alternative progressive political winner in the recent Greek elections. Spain has promised to follow suit, throwing off the austerity measures and debt, imposed savagely on the populations.

These are the political circuit breakers we need to fight the political agenda of the rich and powerful in our world. Until we face this squarely, we will continue to go from crisis to crisis.

A new political energy and strategies with creative thinking is badly needed.

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar



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