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April 22, 2021

The war on a gentle weed is totally absurd

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Shenhua gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.

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Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

Increase in remote access scams

Local financial institutions say there has been an increase in remote access scams experienced by customers recently.

Upgrades for Lighthouse Parade in Ballina

One of the showcase areas of Ballina is about to get a safety and aesthetic upgrade, with the Lighthouse Parade Pedestrian Precinct and Road Safety Project commencing soon.

You Donne good

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park I’d like to thank whoever decided to reprint John Donne’s beautiful poem ‘No Man is an Island’...
Are we ruled by a holy mob? Just found an article reminding me that in 1998 the UN (United Nations) General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (just had a meeting last week) decided to eradicate the Coca plant, poppy seed plant and the cannabis plant by 2008 for an annual cost of half a billion dollars each of the ten years.
Well, what an amazing thought and crazy dream, specially while there is a whole industry since over 20 years to produce guaranteed female cannabis seeds.
What drugs are these well paid people on to make these decisions? While more and more countries are realising/legalising the medicinal potential, especially for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) brought back with our soldiers, as well as the peaceful recreational potential.
When will we realise that Henry J. Ainslinger, the first US Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from 1930-1962, was a racist, hating Mexicans and coloured people. He misled not only the USA, but the whole world.
Here in NSW we rather let young people die then, by not allowing pill testing (for example Ecstasy), or victimise them with random roadside drug testing (not for impairment though), that so many of  them are losing their licence, meaning losing their job, income etc.
Do we really need to keep on fighting the lost war against drugs? Please stand and speak up for Drug Law Reform now!
Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock

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