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NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

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Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Is hydrogen part of a sustainable energy future?

There’s a lot to like about hydrogen. For starters, it’s abundant. Hydrogen can store excess renewable power. When liquified, it’s more energy intense than fossil alternatives. In a fuel cell, it can generate electricity. When it’s burned, the only by-product is water.

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

Humans suck

Hannah Grace, Ocean Shores I heard on the local news, like, this afternoon (April 20), that 370+ kilos of tuna...

Les Shotton, Belongil

Had a paramedic come across that harmless young boy on the street in Byron he would have been assessed for psychiatric issues, alcohol poisoning, dehydration, admitted for observation or taken home. In no circumstances would the boy have been clubbed.

Had the boy been the offender, he would be demonised and incarcerated pronto. He would have received no transfers to another town.

Contrived justice is not based on truth, it is a distortion or corruption of truth. As in George Orwell’s Animal Farm with the totalitarian pig Napoleon where ‘some animals are more equal than others’.

There needs to be a public inquiry, with submissions from the public, to ascertain if this violence is the tip of the iceberg. It’s quite obvious that this system of clubs, tasers, capsicium spray and guns for problem solving needs to be replaced with one that has a duty of care to humanity and the environment.


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  1. Thank you for your words Les. Violence of any type is not justified especially from the police. There is an attitude inside some police forces in our country that needs to be stopped. Young people don’t feel safe around police. Places like NSW and Qld should be ashamed of their police forces. Too many bullies inside their forces much like the hideous politicians.


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