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February 28, 2021

A meaningful life

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Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

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Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

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.

Stop motion animators needed

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Letting go

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

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Lisa Dillon, Ballina

The government just doesn’t get it!  All the money in the world can be pumped into medical facilities on Christmas Island, but the only thing that’s going to cure mental illness amongst refugees is the promise of a meaningful life.

A meaningful life has a purpose, with opportunity for fulfilment and satisfaction.  This is never going to be possible for refugees incarcerated in detention centres.

How many talented people is Australia missing out on?  In the past we’ve welcomed ‘boat people’, and many have contributed enormously to their new country.

Three of these are artist, writer and comedian, Ahn Do; film director and screenwriter, Khoa Do, who was 2005 Young Australian of the Year;  Associate Professor in orthopaedic surgery and specialist in prosthetic limbs, Munjed Al Muderis.

Amongst the current Manus Island detainees are Abdul Aziz Muhamat who has just received an international human rights award, and Behrooz Boochani, journalist, novelist and poet, who recently won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award with his book about life in the Manus Island Detention Centre.

How many other intelligent, determined people is Australia missing out on?

How many more are going to have the hope crushed out of them by the Australian government?


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