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COVID update: two new cases in Lismore and fragments in Byron’s STP

The Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir, today say that two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for the District to 8pm, 23 October.

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Northern NSW urged to stay vigilant ahead of severe weather

With the prediction for off-shore winds and an off-shore low in the north of the State this week, the Bureau of Meteorology has advised that storms may be on the way over the next few days.

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Dave Lisle, Goonengerry

It was encouraging to read in last week’s Echonetdaily that Australians want drug law reform not more drug war. Equally disheartening was the news that the NSW Labor opposition will not deviate from the current law and order approach.

The war on drugs began a century ago in response to racial anxieties, and while expatriate Chinese opium smokers were its first target, the pursuit of a drug free society has subsequently been the means by which to persecute and demonise any number of groups.

Yet as cracks appear in the edifice of prohibition globally, the objectives of Australia’s drug war remain most uncertain. It seems to have become a war fought largely for its own sake; an institutional virus.

How else to view the legally sanctioned indecent assaults – aka strip searches – of young women by police officers at Byron Shire music festivals; the 148,363 people arrested in Australia for possessing illicit drugs in 2018 (the latest available data), the overwhelming majority (91 per cent) of whom were in possession of small quantities for personal use; the drug testing of drivers – without reference to impairment of driving ability – under the guise of ‘road safety’; and the Federal government’s recent (but currently mothballed) initiative to drug test certain Centrelink clients?


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