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April 19, 2021

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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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Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.

Common courtesy

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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.

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

Sprout lovers

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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.

OK, have you had your five minutes of celebration? Great, now let’s get serious again.

It is really unfortunate that the NSW government and their supporters are climate-ignorant.

Estimates are that the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu will be destroyed when we reach 1.5C. We are now at 0.85 degrees C and 400.3 ppm CO2. When we reach 2C about half our World will be in dangerous climate change.

It would be fair to say the Philippines and many Western Pacific islands are already there. Basically it boils down to food supplies being severely or completely disrupted.

With our current politics we are heading for 4C or more. Bye bye civilisation. We are completely addicted to fossil fuels. OK lets go cold-turkey?

Umm, how do I get the kids to school, drive the tractor, run the freezer, fertilise the crop. Oh its all too much, what movie will we watch? Did you turn on the pool filter? Comfortable suicide, gentle murder: we are all doing it to varying degrees.

Imagine turning on your TV and seeing your kids and grand-kids in 2060 fighting for food. What would you do NOW? How would you invest for the future? What work would you do? Would you just take care of yourself, or expand your boundary of care outwards? Can you take up the challenge of feeling the fear, owning the responsibility, and living accordingly and authentically?

We can do much through cooperation. If you feel bewildered join an action group to help with renewables, energy efficient buildings, electric transport, organic agriculture, recycling, carbon sequestration, volunteer and learn new skills. Beyond Zero Emissions wants to help us.

Political change can counter climate change. We need to bring back a price on carbon urgently.

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby

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  1. Beautiful, Somebody has said it “Bring back a price on carbon” In other words “If you pollute you pay” The energy providers need to get that through their heads without putting an exorbinate price on their electricity. It’s interesting that it took a British study to find that Agl Origin Delta & stanwell were running filthy power stations, 25% of all polution in Australia is from power stations……………….


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