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Byron Shire
March 8, 2021

Political parties and corporate interests intertwined

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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

What’s happening with South Ballina Beach?

The debate about the future of the beaches south of Ballina is heating up again as councils and concerned citizens grapple with the ongoing issue of 4WD-related damage.

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Dear Brittany

We watched you. We watched you break the silence. We heard the truth shatter like a glass hitting the tiles.

Senator Eric Abetz argues that the media unfairly criticise Christian politicians.

The teachings ‘love thine enemy’ and helping the poor, contradict with the harsh scriptures that justified persecution of non-believers in the past.

A wide range of contradictory teachings within the one book, allow politicians who have ‘the courage to follow their  convictions’ to justify and act on any set of beliefs they choose.

Critics will see the lack of logic and unpredictability of such politicians.

It is politically difficult indeed to reconcile the more compassionate end of the Christian spectrum with the ethics of capitalism.

It’s ‘survival of the fittest’ and hypothetical ‘free market’ principles are ultimately answerable only to the bottom line. This implies the demise of the less fit. That is, our current version of capitalism is ethically bankrupt and incapable of compassion.

Our political parties answer primarily to corporate interests. So in my opinion it is impossible to be a ‘good’ Christian within those parties.

Perhaps some in the media can see the joke.

However, people of goodwill must work towards the ethic of inclusiveness from inside and outside of all our institutions, including capitalism and the religions.

Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby


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