21.3 C
Byron Shire
May 10, 2021

Losing Liberties and hidden agendas

Latest News

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Other News

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

Co-op meeting

Annette Snow, Myocum As a Mullumbimby Rural Co-op shareholder of 42 years and a past employee of over 13 years,...

Come and try basketball in Byron

The next generation of female basketball players, with coordinator Karen Irwin, turned up to a ‘come and try day’...

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.

Byron Bay’s first ever matured spirit wins gold medal at London Spirit Competition

While the Northern Rivers region is well known for its environment and lifestyle, it is also becoming known for...

Editorial: The beef about meat

Firstly, let me declare an interest: I have been a vegetarian for 49 years, so tasty cow parts are not high on my agenda.

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads

Following recent Senate Committee’s hearings on the Currency (Restriction on the Use of Cash) bill 2019, a homesafe should be the hottest selling item in Australia!

The performance of senior officials from the Reserve Bank, Treasury, the ATO and AUSTRAC at the hearing was appalling. They failed to produce substantive evidence to justify the bill, that if passed, will make illegal any cash transaction of $10k and above between individuals and businesses and businesses and businesses. Failure to comply will incur a penalty of up to two years in jail. Some movements of cash between individuals are ‘exempt’, but these aren’t in the proposed legislation.

Currently, two-thirds of outstanding bank bills are held as a store of value by residents and foreigners and the volume withheld from circulation is increasing.

Cash gives a person freedom of choice in how they do transactions. It protects a person’s privacy from data mining and cyber-hacking. It is a means of circumventing the fees and charges imposed by banks, and protects people from being monitored, managed and controlled by government, or any other entity.

It provides for instant settlement, leverage for negotiating a price, and is inclusive of the computer illiterate, and people in remote and regional areas. It is also free from power outages.

Yet the government, in unison with the banks, wants to take away these freedoms to allegedly clamp down on the ‘black economy’.

The bill needs to be withdrawn, if for no other reason than it is an attack on civil liberties, liberties that we don’t know exist until they are threatened or taken away.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

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

‘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. 

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of our global predicament, and a...

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered in this week’s Council Ordinary meeting. The...