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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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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'.

Eungella: Alleged domestic-related stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder

Police say a man will face court today charged with attempted murder following an alleged domestic-related stabbing earlier this year.

Step up, Ben

Martin Corben, Lennox Head With the cancellation of Bluesfest now would be a good time for the NSW state government’s...

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.

Report and recommendations – First Nations people in custody

High, but not high enough, on the country's human rights agenda is the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 14 April, 2021

Fast Buck$, Coorabell

When you address Council during public access, the elected councillors are allowed to ask you questions afterwards – but only on the subject raised during your submission.

Thus after Paul Jones delivered his views about the bypass it wasn’t legitimate for councillor Michael Lyon to ambush him on the subject of the federal election, yet the mayor did nothing to shut him down.

Councillor Lyon in effect ‘accused’ (if that is the right word) Mr Jones of being behind a poster that asked the quite mild and quite legitimate question ‘who is this person?’ Why so upset?

Interestingly, this was the first time I’ve observed  Councillor Lyon being passionate on any subject at all, which probably goes some way to answering the question on the poster.

I’ve always regarded him as the usual inert substance from a political point of view; certainly I’ve seen little in terms of leadership or initiative that might justify his upgrading to federal parliament.

Apparently Michael believes that being a member of the Greens for five minutes, followed by five minutes as a councillor, is sufficient qualification for anyone identified as a Green regardless of actual performance.

For me the brand here is only a guide – often a misleading guide; it’s the product itself that counts.

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