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Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

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Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

It’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and Dementia Australia is calling for all Australians to make themselves aware of the different forms elder abuse can take and to be alert to vulnerable Australians, including people who live with dementia. 

Forest blockade stops logging at Wild Cattle Creek

A tree-sitter a the Newry Native Forest Blockade has stopped NSW Forestry Corporation (FCNSW) from logging native forest an hour and a half west of Coffs Harbour in Wild Cattle Creek state forest this morning.

Bring them home to Biloela

Marilyn Perkins, MEd, JP, Wollongbar Given the recent news that Tharnicaa is seriously ill, and has been flown to hospital in...

Bananas better than banana benders’ bananas

S Haslam It’s a big claim, that our local farmers markets have better bananas than the bananas of the very...

Vaccine passports

David Warth, Byron Bay Vaccine passports, aka certificates, are now sitting in the wings waiting to be taken up by state...

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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