14.3 C
Byron Shire
April 18, 2021

Greens senator talking politics in Mullum pub tonight

Latest News

Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

Other News

Unauthorised dwelling capital of the world!

Could Main Arm’s title as the Unauthorised Dwelling Capital of the World be under threat?

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

The community of Lismore are invited to join events organised by the Remembering and Healing (RaH) group over the weekend encompassing ANZAC Day.

HuskeeSwap launches in Lennox

An exciting initiative to keep coffee cups out of landfill launched in Lennox Head yesterday. Ballina Shire Council is backing the HuskeeSwap program with free coffees at different cafes in Lennox this week, for coffeeholics keen to try a new solution to a growing problem.

Rotary Downunder Baton handed over at Byron Bay

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is 'Rotary says no to domestic violence'.

Housing crisis and Council

Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby Population growth in this Shire is inevitable like it or not. Those who are being pushed out by...

Australian Greens senator Lee Rhiannon will be appearing at tonight's Politics in the Pub in Mullumbimby. File photo
Australian Greens senator Lee Rhiannon will be appearing at tonight’s Politics in the Pub in Mullumbimby. File photo

Tonight’s (November 22) Politics in the Pub at Mullumbimby’s Courthouse Hotel features Greens senator Lee Rhiannon and retired local GP and activist/author Liz Elliott.

Ms Rhiannon told The Echo that she will be launching her new pamphlet Sold Off, Sold Out at the event.

It examines the right wing’s obsession with the privatisation – or selling off – of public assets.

Ms Rhiannon writes in the introduction that, ‘Since it came to office in 2011, the NSW coalition has sold off more than $62 billon in public assets.’

‘Over the past 30 years there has been a massive sell-off of public assets to private corporations right across Australia.

‘This privatisation binge has been indulged in by both major political parties. The evidence of opinion polls is that these sales are opposed by a majority of citizens and very often governments have paid the price at the polls.

‘Most recently the fall of the Liberal government in Western Australia has been attributed, at least in part, to its privatisation agenda.’

Examples of government sales of public infrastrucutre and institutions include the energy sector, housing, NSW Crown lands, NSW Forests, public transport, prisons, hospitals, education and human services.

Yet there are precedents for rolling back privatisation and re-nationalising, claims Greens member Hall Greenland. He says, ‘In New Zealand, the railways and ferries, privatised in 1993, were re-nationalised in 2008. Rail infrastructure was renationalised in the UK too after the failure of privatisation.’ Politics in the Pub is on November 22 at the Mullum Court House Hotel from 6.30pm.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

2 COMMENTS

  1. It is interesting that the Greens are toting publicly owned rail services. That would mean that if their policy to bring back closed rail lines like that on the Northern Rivers were to succeed, than rail buffs would need to pay heed to the advice of the public rail provider, rather than suggesting the private Elements tram would provide a model for a commuter rail service. The advice to Government was that a return of XPT services run would cost 900m dollars. The advice to the Legislative Council by RailCorp was that the costing and patronage fro a commuter service did not make it economic. So what is the rail buffs response. Abandon the support of the Greens approach and try and get private capital for their allegedly cheap commuter rail service? Or accept that a government run service will never be economic and with the Greens try and come up with reasons why the population along the line , statistically a younger population, more likely to own and use a car, should get far more of the transport budget than the older public transport dependent people who live away from the line.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Housing crisis and Council

Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby Population growth in this Shire is inevitable like it or not. Those who are being pushed out by the unfolding housing tragedy are...

Flawed plan

Kai Beijerbacht, Mullumbimby For those of you who haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you are aware of the ever-increasing housing shortage crisis in...

Affordable myth

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

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon by my own choice. Working with...