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ARTEXPRESS to visit Tweed Regional Gallery

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is one of only two regional venues exhibiting ARTEXPRESS 2022. The exhibition is an annual showcase of exemplary artworks from the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW.

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Australia Anti-Nuclear Delegation

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Council advertising

Thanks Council, for the advertisement on page 5 letting us know that you co-hosted a conference. It is good...

Editorial – Byron Council report card

Did you know it’s been six months since councillors were elected? They have another two years to go, and while a usual term is a gruelling four years, this time, it’s shorter, owing to a disrupting bat virus.

Police seeking public assistance following Byron Bay assault

A serious assault in Byron Bay on Friday, 3 June, 2022 has led to police releasing further CCTV footage and another appeal for information from the public. 

Locals tix on offer for Writers Fest

Byron Writers Festival is again offering Sunday locals’ passes, supported for the third time by partners, Stone & Wood.

Koori Mail wins NAIDOC Week award

Local media outlet and responder to the February and March floods, the Koori Mail was honoured at the annual National NAIDOC Week Awards held on Narrm Country on Saturday evening.

Dave Lisle, Goonengerry

Your editorial on the novel coronavirus last week; ‘No easy path with this virulent pathogen’, waded into dangerous territory.

While you did well to identify certain hurdles, and pointed to some fun facts, you faltered towards the end while taking a swipe at the Murdoch media empire.

Alluding to our relative success in containing the pandemic thus far, you ask, rhetorically, ‘whether Australia wants to be like America at this time?’ before telling us that Murdoch has ‘much more influence’ in America than here. This is a curious claim that few media scholars would back. Murdoch is a huge fish in the little pond of Australian media; in America he operates in an ocean. In this (American) more diverse landscape, Murdoch’s power is diluted.

In short, I’d be wary of trying to explain the differing corona-outcomes here and in the States with reference to Murdoch influence, although there’s certainly a discussion to be had.

However, when you talk about preferring ‘science over punditry’ and how ‘every bit of misinformation’ seeds doubt and hinders our COVID-19 response, you really stumble. I’d suggest taking a look at your own advertising policies if you want the high moral ground. On 17 June this year, a quarter of your editorial page was devoted to an ad for Vaxxed, the anti-vaccination pseudoscience documentary directed by disgraced former physician Andrew Wakefield.

Ads for the film have been commonplace in the paper for some time now. As James Murdoch quipped in a 2009 lecture about the media: ‘The only reliable, durable and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit.’

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