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March 5, 2021

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My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

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Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly...

Top of Mt Warning

Daniel O’Brien, Federal Letters about Mt Warning were interesting. Chris Gee defended National Parks and Wildlife for adopting the views of...

Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

Lee Pearce, Dunoon

One reason not to celebrate anything on January 26 is that it is not Australia’s birthday. Australia wasn’t even born until 112 years later.

What most people can’t be bothered finding out is that what they are drinking to is the day NSW became a British colony. It also marks the beginning of the Aboriginal wars. There is evidence of 250 massacre sites across our golden soil.

January 26 also marks the beginning of the end for 27 species of mammals, 20 species of birds, seven species of frogs, and many reptiles and plants. Then it marks the start of the introduction of foxes, rabbits, black rats, feral goats, cats, camels, pigs, and deer.

If you look closely at the official painting of Governor Phillip’s mobs’ takeover, you will see that at least three large trees have been cut down, ON THE FIRST DAY!

Give me a flag that doesn’t remind me of all this, a national anthem that doesn’t exclude the oldest civilisations on Earth, and a day worth cerebrating ( say Republic Day) and I’ll drink to excess with the rest of the country.


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