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September 28, 2022

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Rooftop solar installation safety in the spotlight

Workers installing solar panels on rooftops can expect a visit from SafeWork NSW Inspectors, who are undertaking a six-month state-wide operation to ensure safety in this busy industry.

Monty’s: strawberries and insanity

‘Strawberries are insanely amazing,’ I hear Dave (‘Monty’) tell one customer. Regarding his punnets – three sizes, family, medium,...

Forever Diamond – Celebrating 50 years of Neil

Neil Diamond is a phenomenon who gives truly special and personal shows that legions of fans return to see...

Body of missing swimmer found at Chinderah

NSW Police say the body of a man believed to be that of a missing swimmer has been located following a wide-scale search yesterday.

Surf life savers return

The red and yellow is back on NSW beaches with more than 20,000 surf life saving volunteers ready to welcome beachgoers for the official beginning of patrol season.

NSW gov’t accused of ‘pork barrelling’ in Ballina electorate

As people on the Northern Rivers last week endured the anxiety of severe storm warnings and pre-dawn emergency alerts, a visit from the state’s emergency services minister was barely announced.

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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