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Flood-prone land in Murwillumbah swapped for flood-free land 

It has been five years in the making but the innovative land swap of flood-prone land for flood-free land in Murwillumbah is underway with a second round of ‘expressions of interest’ about to open. 

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: War on the Wombs

The right to safe abortion is the cornerstone of the women’s movement. It’s the ground on which we stand to become lawyers and academics and policy writers and journalists and activists. It’s allowed us reproductive freedom and put us on equal footing with those without wombs; mainly cis men who, for centuries, saw our bodies as countries to rape and pillage. Our wombs were colonised – the cock was the flag that ploughed deep into our stolen earth.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week in the Northern Rivers 

The Northern Rivers encompasses the Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl nations with celebrations for NAIDOC taking place up and down the coast. 

Police seeking public assistance following Byron Bay assault

A serious assault in Byron Bay on Friday, 3 June, 2022 has led to police releasing further CCTV footage and another appeal for information from the public. 

Local triathletes claim another title

The Byron Bay Breakers Triathlon Club has won the North Coast Interclub series for the second time after finishing on top of the table ahead of the Clarence Valley Stingrays and Hat Head Hammerheads.


Perplexed to read Richard Jones’ article ‘Now’s the time for those reforms’, when the opening sentence quotes: ‘Just over...

Palestine’s ‘terra nullius’ and children’s body armour

Firstly, the Zionist regime of Israel is an apartheid regime. It is based on the dispossession, expropriation, expulsion and...

Still haven’t made your mind up who to vote for yet?

Well, crawl out from whatever rock you’ve been hiding under and pay some fricking attention. 
It’s really quite simple. Just match your ideology with one of these political parties and away you go.

  1. Is the only measure of the value of anything that should be considered its monetary value? Think capitalism is awesome and infinite growth is possible in a finite world and that big corporations will do the right thing because they’re run by nice people who deserve salaries 100 times larger than yours because they must be so clever?


Congratulations! You’re an economic rationalist! You should vote Liberal/Nationals (by the way it’s your fault the planet is dying and that there is so much poverty).

  1. Do you think that the economy is really important because when it’s growing there are more jobs and high employment is important for social cohesion? Think that there should be a few rules in place so workers earn a fair amount of money and should not be forced to work in dangerous conditions? Do you think free universal education and healthcare are pretty good ideas? Do you think the economic bottom line should be balanced against social equity?

Yes? Hey you’re a Labor voter! (or at least should give Labor your two-party preferred preference).

  1. Do you agree with all of option 2 but also believe the health of our planet is really important because, like hello, it’s the effing planet we live on, there’s only one of them, and if we destroy the thing, then life will suck for everyone and our kids will hate us and nature is pretty cool when it still exists. Do you believe a diverse and tolerant society that looks after the unfortunate and the unusual is tops?

Yes? Congratulations! You’re the progressive voice of the future. You should vote Greens.

  1. Do you want buck the system? Think all political parties suck and because none of them exactly match your views you don’t want to vote for them?

Yes? You’ve got 2 options: you could vote for an independent and hopefully they’re really smart and will do a good job of thinking for you. Or you could do a donkey vote and yes, the donkey will be you.

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  1. There are no parties representing small business. All support big business and/or big government. My hypothesis regarding a successful society is the vibrancy and number of small businesses. Over the last two decades the number of laws and regulations have stifled small business’ vibrancy and its ability to flourish. Post WW2 immigrants’ rags to riches stories were common and inspirational, nowadays they are rare and far between.
    Who wins with all this regulation. Regulation is generally a flat cost giving big corporations a huge advantage. This protects the big business from competition and can argue that they are “too big to fail”. Eg banking and energy sectors.
    The conundrum is that regulations and laws are required to for protection [environment, economy, people etc] but too much white ants our society’s foundations.
    Can we regain a good balance between regulation and business? History tells us, rebalancing requires a tragedy or possibly a “Greek Tragedy”.


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First Nations place-names under Ballina council spotlight

Greater efforts at reconciliation with First Nations people in the Ballina Shire when it comes to place-names is to happen after furious agreement at June’s council meeting.

Police seeking public assistance following Byron Bay assault

A serious assault in Byron Bay on Friday, 3 June, 2022 has led to police releasing further CCTV footage and another appeal for information from the public. 

Festival/Byron Council relations strained, motion passes

The operations manager of the Byron Music Festival says her attempts to run the event this year were cruelled by Byron Council staff, who allegedly provided organisers with false information and spoke to them like they were ‘idiots’.

Govt considers underwriting small energy retailers after Enova’s collapse

In the wake of the collapse of local green energy retailer, Enova, the NSW government say they are considering underwriting small energy retailers who face unfair market competition from large retailers who also generate electricity.