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Presidential act?

Everyone is talking about what Trump can get away with now a president is protected by immunity for official...

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore. 

Have your say on flood planning in Byron Shire

A planning instrument that guides development in floodplains is open for public comment, yet does not include the 2022 flood levels.

A fairytale end to Skullcandy Oz Grom Open

Organisers of the Skullcandy Oz Grom Open say yesterday's final event was a fairytale finish to the competition with...

RDAA celebrating all that is Blak

The Rural Doctors Association Australia (RDAA) is encouraging members to show their support and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, not only during NAIDOC week, but through their medical practice all year round.

NSW Drug Summit announced – finally

The NSW Labor government has finally delivered on their election promise to hold a NSW Drug Summit that will take place this year. 

The Front Runner

For time out of mind, shooting the messenger was a tried and true response to unfavourable news for figures in the public eye. But with unsubstantiated gossip and biased comment now rampant throughout social media, resulting in private lives being chewed up and spat out like watermelon pips, it’s a defence that doesn’t work any more (even the revolting man/baby president’s shield of ‘fake news’ is beginning to crack). Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) was the front runner in the race to the White House in 1987. Emerging from the political dross as a charismatic leader in the Kennedy mould, the world was at his feet – until a sexual indiscretion skittled his ambition. And Hart’s reaction to being exposed by the Miam Herald is the crux of the story. He asserts that the press has no right to intrude into his personal activities (to one editor, it’s front-page fodder, ‘like when that alligator ate the kid’), so Hart attempts to present himself as the victim of gutter journalism. What you have to decide is whose side you are on. Hart’s sincere, if blinkered, conviction is that the newspaper’s scandalous revelation – picked up by the Washington Post, the New York Times, television etc – should have nothing to do with the platform that he hopes will take him to the Oval Office. By contrast, his old-school morality does not embrace fidelity in marriage. As the movie develops, the emotional price paid by the women in Hart’s imbroglio is made clear, to his detriment. His wife (Vera Farmiga) and ‘the girl’ (Sara Paxton), who only wanted to be part of his campaign, are collateral damage in the whirlwind. Canadian director Jason Reitman has a sharp eye for the individual who is caught up in events unforeseen, events for which their everyday understanding of the world is suddenly challenged  (Juno, Tully, Up In The Air – an impressive CV, yes?), and with Jackman terrific in a rare serious role, he has linked the recent past with the vulgar contemporary.


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Lavertys Gap history

The Lavertys Gap hydro power station was installed in 1919. In 1939, during the Great Depression, people had no money, and Council decided to...

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore. 

NSW Drug Summit announced – finally

The NSW Labor government has finally delivered on their election promise to hold a NSW Drug Summit that will take place this year. 

Getting the word out on wildlife

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