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Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

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Northern Rivers Food Harvest food trail will return in 2021!

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail, to be held on the weekend of 1–2 May 2021, is guaranteed to be a very Northern Rivers experience, reflecting and celebrating the distinctive provenance of our region’s food. The Trail will offer lots of wonderful eating and drinking experiences; being jam-packed with our most-acclaimed restaurants, producers, farmers and growers.

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'.

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.

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.

The return of the prodigal son

Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, is presenting a new exhibition by regional artists.

$1500 council fee rebates for farmers

NSW Farmers commends the NSW Government on its delivery of a rebate scheme for NSW and local government fees and charges, following its $500 million commitment in the State Budget last year.

Marc Salmon, Byron Bay

Your indignation seems only to be exceeded by your ignorance on this one, Paul Dixon (Letters July 24). Read Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari, or anything by the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP), who said that the ‘global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world’, and advocates decriminalising drug use by those ‘who do no harm to others’.

The luminaries who make up the GCDP are too numerous to name, but include former world leaders (11 presidents, three prime ministers and one deputy prime minister), a former secretary-general of the UN, a former UN high commissioner for human rights, a former US secretary of state and former chairman of the Federal Reserve, and the director-general emeritus of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Between them, they hold four Nobel peace prizes and one for literature.

The GCDP was formed to ‘bring to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies’. That is, through detailed study and analysis of the existing information and data from a wide variety of fields, including medical, criminal, financial, security, health, and social justice.

The NSW government’s current approach has not progressed beyond Nancy Reagan’s 1982 ‘Just say no’, and is definitely not science based. Rather it is founded on flawed logic and antiquated social objectives.

The whole thing’s a sham, Paul, and you should save your view until you have informed it.


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