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September 27, 2021

Repeal tax cuts and support fire hit communities

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Forty per cent of Byron Shire residents yet to get first COVID 19 dose but mayor refuses to join vaccine campaign

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon is refusing to join other health, political and community leaders in calls for people to receive a COVID 19 vaccine.

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Long COVID and the science, so far…

Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates as quickly as possible is currently a major focus for Australia.

Nuclear-powered subs? Dr Caldicott speaks

‘America has 18 Trident submarines, powered by highly enriched Uranium 235, which can be used as fuel for nuclear weapons. Each sub carries 24 missiles, each one is armed with eight hydrogen bombs – 30 times the killing power of one Hiroshima bomb. That’s enough subs to produce nuclear winter and end life on Earth.’

Lismore coming out of lockdown

At midnight tonight (Wednesday 22 September) lockdown will be lifted for the Lismore local government area (LGA).

Jeremiah O’Toole, Mullumbimby

I believe that the Federal government should make available, immediately, $12 billion to be allocated as follows:

1) $2b to immediately properly equip rural and regional fire brigades and to fully compensate the volunteers at the same rate of pay as paid to full time fire fighters over and above any current measures in place (OACM).

2) $2b be immediately available to purchase and lease a large number of fire fighting helicopters or fire fighting planes – OACM.

3) $2b be immediately available to compensate for individual losses of homes, assets, farm buildings and assets, and livestock.

4) $2b be available to achieve environmentally sustainable fire management outcomes and to minimise the extensive losses that are happening with the current fires. This is to be done in conjunction with National Parks management, the fire services, our Aboriginal Elders, and others who have wisdom to give us in the area of forest management etc. To include, where possible, fireproofing homes and buildings in risk areas.

5) $2b be available as a contingency fund to top the above measures.

6) $2b spent on replacing infrastructure destroyed by the fires and boosting the communities in which the fires took place.

How to fund the above? Repeal the five per cent company tax cuts. No fair dinkum Aussie company would complain about helping out their fellow Australians in their time of need. Also, put on hold further tax cuts as promised in 2019, to help fund these measures.

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