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We all live in a magic submarine…

Several commentators have remarked that, while the mainstream media is locked in furious agreement with the government over AUKUS and the trillion dollar submarines (a guess at the final price tag), social and independent media are telling quite a different tale.

Other News

Roller Derby returns to Byron, March 18-19

The Northern Rivers Revolt Roller Derby tournament is returning after the covid hiatus to Byron Bay on March 18–19, with six teams competing at the Cavanbah Centre. 

Big scores and tight bowling determine this season’s cricket grand finalists

Greg Trevena  Byron Bay cricketers won their third-grade semi-final against Bangalow on the back of a century to Matt Larsson...

Geoff Provest talks SSF and hosptials in Tweed

A key issue in the seat of Tweed is around the preservation of State Significant Farmland that is currently under threat from developers like those behind the 'Cudgen Connection' development proposed for the site next to the current Tweed Valley Hospital.

Lismore candidate Matthew Bertalli

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

Voting guide to preferencing in the NSW lower house

The NSW election, to be held on Saturday March 25, uses optional preferencing in both houses of parliament.

Full Moon natural wine festival!

Full Moon Festival by Luna Wine Store welcomes 30 of Australia’s most exciting winemakers and natural wine importers to...

Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale

The Echonetdaily Cartoon of the week – 1 July showing a real estate auction, where one couple say ‘Our eighth investment property!’ and a young couple with a baby complain ‘We can’t even buy our first home’.

The message of the cartoon is plain enough: young couples starting a family cannot afford a place to live because of the rapacity of investors.

I see it a bit differently, however. Climate change and the spreading novel coronavirus are teaching humanity that we need to throttle right back on population growth, which is aggravating many other problems too: species extinction, pollution, traffic, loss of wilderness, etc, etc.

Politicians assert that population decline is a disaster, because (they say) in future there will not be enough young people to support the elderly on the pension. But note, the investor couple apparently have no children, and in any case will not need the pension. If people don’t have kids, they can save much more easily for their old age.

The young couple, on the other hand, are going ahead with offspring even though they don’t have enough money to provide a place to live.

Like it or not, the future belongs to people who provide for themselves by saving and investing, and not to those who burden the planet with numbers she cannot sustain.

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  1. Hey, I know you. You’re that guy that wants to destroy the Crown owned, protected and family-gifted-to-the-community land, at the Lookout on Coolamon Scenic. You want it to be razed, destroyed, with a exploitative private capitalist yuppie icon built in its place, exponentially increasing highly hazardous ingress and egress traffic + road & construction works. and an onslaught of distracted tourists with gaping jaws staring out the window and 50km hour on roads they have no experience of, while locals are trying to get places and do important tasks. Yeah,you’re that guy! Hey, why am I even reading your letters? Why is anyone bothering to read your letters?


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