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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

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Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

Heritage Bruns?

David Kolb, Brunswick Head When Mathew O’Reilly spoke to Council regarding heritage listing for parts of Brunswick Heads he was quoted...

Nurses call for an improved aged care sector

A ‘walk with nurses’ was held in Mullum last Friday, and aimed to highlight the concern aged care nurses have around fee structures, safety issues and staff training in order to properly care for our elderly.

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as...

Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

Rapey Liberal culture is their undoing

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony around rape allegations saw spiders crawl from under rocks and spread in all directions last week. 

Gwyn Hooper, Uki

Politicians are supposed to represent the people. They are elected to legislate the wishes of the people. 

So is it any wonder that they are regarded by the people as being totally out of touch and concerned about their own self-interest.

People are concerned about climate change and the impact that the burning of coal will have on the future for their children and grandchildren.

These concerns are ignored by our two major political parties. At the recent climate meeting in Poland, Australia was the only country to attend a pro-coal meeting. The news today that Australia will subsidise existing coal-fired power stations and even new ones with taxpayer money is incomprehensible to any sane individual.

Why are they doing this? The reason is purely self-interest. The Liberals and Nationals are beholden to the mining companies, and Labor to the mining unions! 

Labor state that they will not subsidise any new coal-mining ventures but are silent about plans for the future of coal. Labor’s plan is to say nothing and coast into government purely on the electorate’s disgust of the incumbents. 

Every poll that is conducted shows an overwhelming opposition to coal by ordinary everyday Australians concerned for the future.

Many voters are in a dilemma as to whom to vote for in the upcoming federal election. I believe many will vote Green or independent. The sentiment is that ‘enough is enough!’ 

It’s our future that’s on the line here. We want people in power that can see past the next election and their own self-interest to provide Australia with the future that it deserves.

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Leadership lost

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