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July 14, 2024

Children in detention centres a huge, shameful stain

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While Hamas exists, Palestine will never be free

In response to David Heilpern’s article regarding antisemitism and Israel, (Echo, July 3) it is probably generally agreed that...

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Woman charged with DV-related offences – Casino and Goonelabah

A woman will face court today over a domestic violence offence.

Mullum Rotary celebrates 75

On Saturday, June 22, Mullumbimby Rotary celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Choke

In the 1960s the Boston Strangler murdered 13 women. He was a serial killer. These stories of bad men lurking in the shadows, just waiting to get their hands on women’s necks have always haunted me. What kind of deranged sexual predator does that?

Man assaulted – Tweed Heads South

Police have commenced an investigation following an assault at a Tweed Heads shopping centre yesterday afternoon.

Byron’s foreshore

‘How could the foreshore be improved’? asks Byron Council. Simple. Incorporate natural and hybrid infrastructure into coastal policy and...

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore. 

I refuse to believe that my ancestors fought in wars to defend this country only to grow smug and lose all sense of humanity.

I believe I inherited a sense of responsibility and fairness from these Aussie warriors. They cared more for truth and justice than the state of their mortgages. That was the Australian way, in a former time.

I am equally horrified, disgusted and appalled by what this hypocritical federal government is exposing children to, behind the walls and razor wire of detention centres.

It is emulating the apparent lack of regard the US shows for human rights. This is not the 1780s: haven’t we learnt anything?

Bad enough that the original peoples of this land are being ‘removed’ from their​ land, but to incarcerate a man for six years who committed no crime is beyond belief.

Let’s hold the politicians accountable. What is their logic? If you lock up people (who are simply trying to improve life for their families), treat them cruelly and inhumanely, for no reason, you are obviously going to damage them permanently. That is, if they survive.

RIP Saeed Hassaloo (aged 24).

Sarah Smith, Mullumbimby


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