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February 25, 2021


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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.

Other News

Ballina sludge a mixture of blue-green algae species

A reader has sent Echonetdaily some photos of what he described as 'something nasty and green coming down the Richmond River'.

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.

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

Editorial – A personal take on politics and media

Since its inception in 1986 by a bunch of ratbag hippy locals, The Echo has championed the voice of the afflicted, not the comfortable. That should be the aim of every media organisation.

‘ATO’ scam wants every last dollar in your account

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning about a spike in automated scam calls impersonating the ATO and asking people to transfer all their money to another account.

Spots for kids circus nearly full

Mullumbimby’s Spaghetti Circus kicked off its first term with a record number of enrolments and there is much fun to be had following a difficult COVID year.

Roger Seccombe, Bangalow

While I hesitate to agree with former Greens councillor Duncan Dey (Echo March 27), I must concede that, this time, he is right.

Having council committee members with a pecuniary interest in a decsion is a recipe for disaster – unless you are a neoliberal who believes in ‘develop at all costs’.

To ‘allow a council committee member who has a pecuniary interest in a matter with which the council is concerned to be present at a meeting of the committee, (let alone) to take part in the consideration or discussion of the matter and to (more importantly) vote on the matter’ is in line with the objectives of our state government: destroy the Shire.

As Cr Lyon says, ‘We can include… more onerous provisions.’ They must be included – to save (or at least slow down the lowering of) standards.

If ‘clauses 5.29, 6.13 and 6.14 “endorse corruption”’ this is also consistent with the premier’s neoliberalism.

Similarly, ‘ill-defined definitions applying to words such as unethical’ weaken any effective opposition to unethical components.

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Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.