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Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

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Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I’ve taken umbrage with the expression, ‘fake news,’ – proud of our Echo – but...

Morrison’s craven cave to the QAnon cult – can he squirm out of this one too?

Monday night’s Four Corners program on ABC explained that two Australian lackeys of the American cult called QAnon – Tim Stewart and his son Jesse – are pushing the cult’s terrible excuse for a belief system.

‘Influencers’ – just another advertising platform…

The question being asked by many consumers is 'are influencers genuinely promoting products that they like and believe in, or is it just more advertising?

Anatomy is destiny

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre Five members of Byron Friends of Palestine visited Justine Elliot to discuss whether the...

Failure after failure

Keith Duncan, Pimlico One policy failure after another; what does it take for ‘shifty’ Morrison to come clean, show leadership, and...

You Can Close Your Eyes

There is a beautiful James Taylor song (‘You Can Close Your Eyes’) that commences with the words; Oh, the sun is surely sinking down, But the moon is slowly rising. 

Island Vibe turned 10 this year.  Held on North Stradbroke Island, Quandamooka Country, this celebration of island culture was three days drenched in sunshine and great music. On the main stage big-band phenomena Melbourne Ska Orchestra delivered everything the crowd came for. NatiRuts dragged in a huge Brazilian fan base, putting extra juice in the cocktail, and the side stages served up intimate treats like Isaac Chambers and the Dub Princess playing music you could cuddle.

Beyond and beneath all that, deeper currents are beginning to flow. As the festival matures, it is departing from the ‘marquee and party drugs’ formula to connect more deeply with an ancient  islander tradition – travelling to each other’s homes, sharing tribal dances.   In previous years, the Welcome to Country felt like a demonstration. This year, a true welcome from a people who have taken possession their birthright, singing their songs of freedom, redemption songs for all.

Simeon Michaels, Lennox Head


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