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Will Tweed Council remove final option for RLSC in Tweed Shire?

At its upcoming Council meeting, the Tweed Shire Council is seeking to remove the option of Rural Land Sharing Communities, which includes multiple occupancies and community title.

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Knife-wielding criminal on the loose in Byron Bay

A terrifying media release is still on the loose in Byron Bay after escaping from the computers of Council candidates Rhett Holt and Cr Alan Hunter.  'It is a frightful to wake up at three in the morning to a man blood dripping with a backpack full of knives using your shower,' the [sic] release said...

Open-air art walk by the river at Murwillumbah completed

The Ages of the Tweed mural that accompanies the open-air riverside art walk has now been completed.

$10k fine for man who flew to Ballina while COVID infected, as govt takes Pfizer vaccine from regions

A young man who left COVID lockdown in Sydney and flew to Ballina while infected with the virus has been fined nearly $10,000 for numerous health order breaches in NSW and Queensland.

Border bubble zone bursts thanks to COVID-19 cases in QLD

Anyone in NSW who has been in one or more of eleven particular Queensland local government areas since 21 July is required to self-isolate for fourteen days from their date of return, 'or until the notice is revoked', authorities said Monday.

To kill all Jews? No…

Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby With respect to Wakil and Macklin (Letters, 21 July) the assertion that the Palestinian resistance wants to kill...

Shooting in Nimbin

There is a police operation currently underway in Nimbin following a shooting earlier today.

Promotional photograph of Wilson Security staff (not Lee Mitchell).
Promotional photograph of Wilson Security staff (not Lee Mitchell).

Doubt has been cast on evidence used by the immigration department to kick nine aid agency staff working with asylum seekers out of Nauru.

A report from a government-commissioned inquiry into sexual abuse claims at the detention centre on the Pacific island nation is expected to be released soon.

It will also examine separate allegations Save the Children workers had fabricated abuse stories and coached asylum seekers to self harm.

The accusations against Save the Children staff were based on an intelligence report to the immigration department compiled by Lee Mitchell from Wilson Security.

It claimed workers had engaged in a broader campaign with external refugee advocates to cast doubt about Abbott government border protection policies.

In testimony leaked to the ABC, Mr Mitchell told the inquiry evidence in the intelligence report may not survive a court test.

He could not provide specific evidence asylum seekers were being coached to self harm but was 75 per cent sure the practice went on.

Mr Mitchell revealed the immigration department had approached him in the lead-up to the inquiry’s announcement saying “we’re interested in anything you’ve got on Save the Children”.

Allegations Save the Children staff had misused official information have also been referred to the Australian Federal Police.

A spokesman said police were still considering the matter.


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Climate change duty of care campaigners risk jail

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Border bubble zone bursts thanks to COVID-19 cases in QLD

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