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April 20, 2021

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No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

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Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

Unauthorised dwelling capital of the world!

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Beach Hotel gets a $6m makeover

Owners of the Beach Hotel, Moelis, say they undertook extensive repairs and updates to the tune of around $6m after COVID-19 forced closure and limited trading last year.

Beware of flood damage scams

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers about opportunistic tradespeople trying to take advantage during the flood recovery process as the state gets back on its feet.

Rotary Downunder Baton handed over at Byron Bay

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is 'Rotary says no to domestic violence'.

Jason van Tol, Myocum

During the recent UNESCO-backed World Press Freedom Day, I could not find a single mention of Julian Assange or WikiLeaks anywhere in the program.

When our peak international body hosts an event on freedom of the press I would expect those topics to be front row and centre. What an outright hypocrisy. 

At his recent talk in Byron Bay, John Pilger stated that the failure of the Australian government to do anything at all to help Assange should be a source of national shame for us all. I hang my head.

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  1. What can or should the Australian governemnt do? Assange has been arrested in one country that has a a strong rule of law and is subject to a request from another such country. If someone was wanted in Australia for criminal proceedings, we would want the UK or US to extradite them. How can we expect that, if we want an exception because some people in Australia apparently think it is ok to break the US law protecting its information and that of its allies, including Australia.

    Australia and the rest of the world that wants to live in peace and prosperity has every interest in ensuring diplomatic information remains secure, and in ensuing anyone, including its own citizens, who has apparently breached the security of such information faces trial. I would expect those in an international body like UNESCO that works within that framework of secure diplomatic communication would take a similar view.


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