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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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Did Liberal-Nationals rort ‘bushfire’ recovery funds?

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor) has joined the call to highlight the actions of the Berejiklian-Barilaro NSW government over the latest ‘Liberal-National government grant rorts scandal’.

Rainbow Region Dragon boat racers pick up third place in return to racing

The Lennox Head-based Rainbow Region Dragon boat team had a promising start to 2021, when they picked up a third place at the Broadwater Regatta.

Historical Museum shows off its knickers

There is plenty to find out about our ancestors’ ‘intimate apparel’ while you visit the museum and its monthly market, which will be taking place on Saturday.

‘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.

Craig Kelly quits Liberal Party

Federal Member for Hughes Craig Kelly has resigned from the Liberal Party, technically throwing Scott Morrison's government into minority as it grapples with scandals from within and without.

Woman assaults police – Bangalow

Police say that a woman resisted arrest and assaulted two officers yesterday in Bangalow.

Jo Faith, Newtown

The strong stance made by ex-councillor Duncan Dey in relation to the current acting mayor Michael Lyon, and local Green councillors is heartening.

The community has witnessed the hijacking of the label ‘Green’ to aid non-democratic development in the Shire. Notable was the dismissal of all the Butler Street community’s rights, slaughtering of mature trees in Railway Park and its recent re-zoning to ‘commercial’ and the destruction of adjacent wetlands with the bypass. The Byron community is being colonised by developers, while laws are amputated by the NSW state government.

What is happening in Australia with the recent shooting of a shackled prisoner in Lismore by police or security at the Lismore hospital should raise local concerns.  It was claimed that this man ‘had mental health problems’. Why was it necessary for this shackled man to be shot dead? How dangerous was he? What liberties exist in law for such a shameful act to occur?

Do we know the circumstances that precede the fate of dying First Nations men who are shackled by their feet to their beds in prison hospitals on life-support systems? The chains are identical to those used in earlier days when First Nations people were herded by the colonisers.   

Since the royal commission, over two and half decades ago, there have been 411 deaths in custody nationally. Do we really understand the terror that underlies their lives. Can we understand the high rise in First Nations youth suicide?

It is hoped that grounded and articulate Duncan Dey returns to public office in Byron Council.


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