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New music festival for Mullum

Esteemed musician and founder of the Nimbin Roots Festival, Lou Bradley, is bringing a new musical venture to the heart of Mullumbimby. The inaugural Mullum Roots Festival is scheduled to take place in July 2025, promising a vibrant celebration of music, community, and sustainability.

Woman charged with DV-related offences – Casino and Goonelabah

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

26 Tweed Safe Places announced for Tweed women and children

The death of women, and danger to children, in intimate partner violence remains in the spotlight. Richmond MP Justine Elliot has announced that the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation Program will provide 26 Tweed Safe Places in Tweed Shire

72 house-raises and retrofits announced  

Seventy-two homeowners in the Ballina electorate will receive government funding to raise and retrofit their flood-affected homes, says local NSW Greens MP, Tamara Smith. 

What price conscience?

Senator Fatima Payman's abrupt departure from the Labor Party after crossing the floor over the issue of Palestinian statehood was a very public demonstration of the tensions between party cohesion and individual conscience in the Australian political system.

Tony Abbott is brushing aside reports Australia’s ambassador to France offered to resign after the prime minister’s staff asked his partner not to be part of an official welcoming party at a Paris airport.

Stephen Brady’s partner Peter Stephens was asked to wait in the car instead of on the tarmac to greet the prime minister on his arrival in Paris on Anzac Day, Fairfax Media reports.

Mr Brady reportedly refused to agree to the request.

A spokesman for Mr Abbott did not deny the incident had occurred but said: “The prime minister was very happy to be met by ambassador Brady and his partner when he arrived in Paris last month.”

Under standard protocol, partners are part of a welcoming party only when the prime minister is accompanied by their spouse.

Margie Abbott did not travel with the prime minister to Paris.

The ambassador’s offer to resign following the incident was rejected, Fairfax reported.

It’s believed Mr Abbott dined with Mr Brady and Mr Stephens while in Paris.

The embassy in Paris had no comment.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten said: “I sincerely hope this isn’t true.”


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