The Byron Shire Echo is announcing a change of direction.
For nearly thirty years the newspaper chronicled the life of Byron Shire as honestly and accurately as possible.
We refused to talk down to readers, we avoided sloganistic solutions to complex social problems, we tried to be rational, progressive and responsible.
Well, stuff that.
Those who actually run the joint have shown us that there is no future in the fair go, in protecting the earth or guarding our heritage. It’s coalmines all the way. Coalmines the size of Sydney Harbour in the Hunter Valley, dredgers and coal freighters fouling the Great Barrier Reef, coal seam gas poisons in our aquifers.
And we’ve just had an election between two sets of thieves and liars who take bribes (‘donations’) to remove power from the people and give it to the filthy rich.
From now on The Echo will stop kicking against the zeitgeist. We’re copying Murdoch in the race to the bottom because that’s where the money is. Bleeding-heart liberals and tree-hugging hippies will get no support from us. We’ve put up a picture of Tony Abbott in the office and applied to join the National Party.
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