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Mrs Elliot

It’s very unfortunate that Justine Elliot has so little confidence in herself or her party that she needs to...

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Regen Ag program on offer

Farm entrepreneurs in agrifood, agtech or agriwaste who are in start-up, or scale-up mode, are encouraged to apply for a eight-week, fully funded accelerator program at the Byron Community College.

Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

Power from the barrel of a gun

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's immediate reaction to the assassination attempt on US presidential candidate Donald Trump was that there was 'no place for violence in the democratic process', but this is the latest in a very long line of incidents which prove otherwise.

Mrs Elliot

It’s very unfortunate that Justine Elliot has so little confidence in herself or her party that she needs to...

Taking action to preserve forests for the Great Koala National Park

It was pouring rain, and dark, as my 14-year- old son Omar, Frankie our faithful Jack Russell, and I made our way four hours south to the traditional logging town of Taylors Arm, west of Macksville. Taylors Arm was made famous in Slim Dusty’s song, The Pub With No Beer. 

Young readers well catered for with contemporary books and rising stars

This year’s festival features some of the buzziest young authors, including Bri Lee, author of Eggshell Skull with a new novel called The Work. Lee will appear alongside zeitgeisty author Jessie Tu with The Honeyeater.

Huge bribery corruption exposed in the oil industry including an Australian company. Liberals money-laundering Free Enterprise Foundation caught out and $4m withheld from NSW Libs – Arfa (I saw nuffink) Sinodinos remains coalition senior minister. Banks routinely defrauding their customers but no royal commission – pink batts far more important. Developers buying politicians at all levels. Mining lobby ‘running’ Baird government. Tax cheats ignored by Turnbull, etc.

Why? Because the electorate keeps voting for the fully purchased major parties, not noticing the blinkers kindly provided.

Congratulations to The Echo editor’s fine effort last issue in exposing the chicanery   that passes for governance at our state level, including the mealy-mouthed rationalisations of Ben (I may vote the party line but you should have heard me in the cabinet) Franklin MLC.

On senate voting reforms. Certainly the system is bent but not as much as in the lower house where it entrenches the Lib/Lab duopoly. Elect both houses proportionally and you won’t need a senate (see NZ).

Jumping on the Greens for voting for a policy they have had for ten years does not wash. The ALP supported the changes until their number-crunchers calculated they would get no advantage. They offered no alternative;   many would call this hypocrisy.

And for those hoping for some holiday-let relief, Glenn Brookes, the chair of the parliamentary investigation, has stood aside owing to alleged naughtiness in his election campaign. His replacement is the holiday-let whisperer J Coure (mentioned in an earlier letter) – some hope for respite.

We have two elections before Christmas – bon chance.

Tom Tabart, Bangalow

 


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