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October 27, 2021

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Community sport warms up as restrictions recede

Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the winding back of public health restrictions, summer sporting codes are doing what they can to get their season underway.

Other News

Ben Smith leaving Ballina Council

The unique contributions of current Deputy Mayor Ben Smith to Ballina Shire Council are coming to an end, as he's decided to hang up his councillor hat after thirteen years, and not contest the December election.

NSW – bad to worse

While Gladys has left the building and we have a new religious fanatic in the top job, things are...

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.

Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge...

No Ballina commemoration for 11 November

Speaking on behalf of the Ballina RSL sub-branch, Dick Wills BEM has announced that there will be no public commemoration service in Ballina for Remembrance Day next month.

NRCG Volunteer Expressions of Interest

Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is calling for expressions of interest for volunteers to support the gallery through assisting with front-of-house operations, customer service and sales.

Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby

Mr Trump has had long membership in both political parties, and understands their alliances with media. All have their hidden ties to corporate players.

Trump tweets anger at both media camps. Like most politicians, he is skilled in the art of repetition of alternative facts. This only becomes propaganda with media repetition.

Since most media are against him, constant twittering effectively gets coverage of his version.

In all the great pseudo-democracies of the west, capitalism thrives through ‘owning’ the major parties. Pitted in combat for short terms in power, the parties are manipulated by corporate interests in a longer game.

In the world of undemocratic parties, politicians and candidates are groomed through infighting in competitive factions. Their conditioning to party loyalty ensures individual survival, and that capitalism is well served.

Australia mirrors this system, in which gullible humans repeatedly place faith in the ‘benevolence’ of one party or another. To break the cycle of enslavement to the system, we must think globally and act locally.

Many politicians started out altruistically, but soon became controllable and ensnared in a system run for the money machines. The leadership can’t and won’t be convinced to gain control for the people.

Democratic power can be restored in the electorate, where it belongs. Circles of respected elders have the capacity to rate candidates on character and suitability for office. Higher-rated independents can out-poll party members, and break the gridlock.

Compassionate and civil independents will find they are naturally allied, when seeking ways to benefit all community members. Understanding will evolve that this is very feasible, when unproductive high- paid jobs and profiteering decline in a more utopian society.

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Freedoms and rights

Whilst I agree with most of Adrian Gattenhoff’s assertions in Letters (13 October: Perrotet and Opus Dei) I urge him not to be fooled...

Masters of disasters

If ever alarm bells were sounded for Ballina and ignored, they surely were those of former mayor and West Ballina farmer, Bert Barlow, in...

Waste to energy

On Friday I attended a biomass and waste incineration event, at the Condong sugar mill, held by the Northern Rivers Guardians (NRG) and North...

Byron Bay – Main Beach’s future tabled

The range of options for protecting Byron’s Main Beach look set to be narrowed to three, after the community had its say on the crucial shoreline project.