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February 25, 2021

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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The lunatics have taken over the asylum…

The Zombies of the Climate ApoCOALpse have today swarmed around Queensland's Parliament House this morning to highlight impending climate chaos.

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

Da mountain

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung There is a perfectly good bitumen road going up a rainforest gully; it doesn’t even have potholes!...

Lessons on resilience, regeneration from Iran

Zara Noruzi is one of the special guest speakers at the Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow, hosted by Renew Fest and Resilient Byron.

Lisa Dillon, Ballina

Imagine this: you are incarcerated in a prison in a tropical climate where, every time you need to use the toilet, you have to wade through ankle-deep urine-contaminated water.

Imagine this: all the drains are open and when the generator breaks down (which is often) and the toilets block; those drains also contain sewage.

Imagine this too: the prisoners set up a makeshift backgammon game with a marking pen, a piece of plastic, and bottle tops. The guards shut it down because all games are prohibited.

Do you imagine you’re in one of the tough prisons we’ve all heard about in Asia?

This hell-hole was the Manus Regional Processing Centre, staffed mainly by Australians, financed by and operated under the control of the Australian Government.

Although no longer in a fenced prison, the refugees of Manus Island are living a nightmarish, pointless existence that’s causing many to become severely mentally ill. This includes some who were unaccompanied children when they arrived six years ago.

If you too feel angry about this and would like to help, please join Ballina Region for Refugees as a volunteer. Register on the BR4R website: br4r.org.au.


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1 COMMENT

  1. Hellooo Lisa,

    Did you mention Manus Island or the many public toilets in Byron Shire………

    Our hell is managed by Byron Shire Council and our rates are paying for this……..

    Need I say more?

    Fix your own backyard first. Most of our public toilets are a disgrace and I didn’t even
    have to catch a boat to use them.

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