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April 20, 2021

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Byron Bay wants Byron Baes to back off

Faster than speeding reality TV producer, members of the Byron community have swiftly mounted a multi-pronged attack against the proposed ‘influencer’ based Netflix show Byron Baes.

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Death for koalas

Maria Paola Torti, Italy I’m Maria Paola Torti. I live in Italy, and I’m very concerned with the NSW coalition government’s...

Flawed plan

Kai Beijerbacht, Mullumbimby For those of you who haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you are aware of the...

Interview with Jean Kittson

Comedian, writer, and social commentator Jean Kittson has the ability to distil complex ideas into commonsense. Jean is one of the national treasures in conversation with Mandy Nolan and Fiona O’Loughlin at No Eggs for Breakfast, a comedic chat themed around life beyond fertility! It seemed remiss not to ask Ms Kittson on her take on the debacle that is federal politics and gender equity.

Remembering and Healing – the Northern Rivers peace effort

The community of Lismore are invited to join events organised by the Remembering and Healing (RaH) group over the weekend encompassing ANZAC Day.

SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

The ghost in the archives #3: Sexism, legal discrimination and ‘the game of bastardry’

The ghost in the archives #3 – In which a former Echo drudge dives into the crypt and comes up covered in dusty memories.

Kathryn McConnochie , Stop Adani Byron Shire

Thanks to Greens candidate Michael Lyon for apologising for publishing the wrong information regarding Justine Elliot MP and her position on Adani in his campaign ad in The Echo (May 5).

Also for acknowledging the work of Stop Adani Byron Shire in successfully lobbying Ms Elliot to speak out against the Adani mine in parliament.

Stop Adani Byron Shire gathered many postcards from people in this electorate for National Party candidate Mathew Fraser on the Adani mine. Our members messaged him on Facebook for an address but there was no response from Mr Fraser.

Prior to the election, we emailed former Environment minister Melissa Price with a petition of 3,041 signatures from people in the Northern Rivers. It asked for better protection of the Great Barrier Reef (GBF) from industrialisation.

Thinking economic figures might grab Ms Price’s interest, we noted that tourism on the GBF is the single biggest employer in coastal tropical Queensland. Tourism provides 9.1 per cent of the total employment in Queensland. By contrast coal mining employs less than one per cent ofhttp://www.tai.org.au/ the Queensland workforce.

Unsurprisingly, Melissa couldn’t be lured to reply, even by the economic facts. She had gone missing nationally during the election campaign and ignored our concerns along with the rest of the nation’s trepidations about the future of this planet.

The recent documentary Dirty Power on YouTube exposes the influence that the coal lobby has on the coalition. This may shed some light on their silence.

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  1. The Green vote slightly decreased whereas the Labor vote slightly increased. Justine Elliot has stopped the Green vote increasing each election and her own vote decreasing.


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