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April 21, 2021

Don’t blame the Chinese for our own woes

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Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

A 20 per cent spike in rents is driving an increase in youth homelessness across the North Coast, the organisers of a national campaign to end homelessness say.

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Suffolk Park Pump Track

We the ‘Engaged Neighbours’, on behalf of the Suffolk Park pump track’s affected neighbours and 300–400 petitioners and letter writers, request Council NOT to continue to bulldoze the large fenced in section of Linda Vidler Parkland adjacent to Baz and Shaz’s shop, close to the houses on three sides.

Beach Hotel gets a $6m makeover

Owners of the Beach Hotel, Moelis, say they undertook extensive repairs and updates to the tune of around $6m after COVID-19 forced closure and limited trading last year.

Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Byron Shire celebrates seniors during festival week

An action-packed program has been planned for the 2021 Byron Shire Seniors Festival with drumming, dancing, walking, yoga and laughing on the program.

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.
Everyone knows Australia’s foreign debt is getting out of hand. In the March quarter alone, the deficit on the balance of goods and services rose by $994 million dollars, a factor of more than a third (37 per cent) from the previous quarter.
The coming June quarter when published is likely to be even worse.
What people don’t think about is the rest of the equation. As an accountant this worries me – how do we balance our books? Foreign capital inflow is the answer.
Where is all this ‘new’ capital being spent in our economy? It’s going into buying up our housing stocks and agricultural land, hence the big city housing boom in troubled times.
What are our ‘pollies’ (and the Reserve Bank) doing: the same as always, ‘fence sitting’, reducing interest rates and the ‘Aussie’ dollar in the hope of a growth factor to slow our economy’s inevitable decline.
What is really going on? For years we’ve lived on borrowed time by flogged of our minerals and now their prices have been devalued by world competition.
From which (so called boom) we saved very little. So now we’re flogging off our land and the future of Australia’s young, to those who have the money like China etc and don’t blame them for what we ourselves have done.
Perhaps we should be flogging our politicians as we slide into the real era of Paul Keating’s forecasted ‘Banana Republic’ or is that Tony Abbott’s ‘Oz Banana Monarchy’ as Tony with zero opposition crawls towards his ‘must have’ second term?
T. Sharples, Tweed Heads

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