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Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

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Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

The community of Lismore are invited to join events organised by the Remembering and Healing (RaH) group over the weekend encompassing ANZAC Day.

Local girls go big at Oz grom cup

Byron Bay’s Leihani Kaloha Zoric won her second Billabong Oz Grom Cup title, taking out the 10-and-under girls division at Park beach in Coffs Harbour last weekend.

Rotary Downunder Baton handed over at Byron Bay

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is 'Rotary says no to domestic violence'.

DPI has an eye on Lismore’s yellow crazy ants

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is a species of ant, originally from Southeast Asia, that has been accidentally introduced to numerous places in the world – including Lismore.

Red Cross offers additional bushfire grants

Australian Red Cross is opening a final round of support grants for people affected by the bushfires who are suffering extreme financial hardship.

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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