17.1 C
Byron Shire
August 3, 2021

Ardern’s amazing

Latest News

Fifteen arrested in Brisbane protest

Police say they have arrested fifteen people following protest activity in Brisbane CBD this morning.

Other News

The Block mute over its plans for Byron TV show

Plans by reality television TV show, The Block (Nine), to base an upcoming series on  Sunrise Boulevard in Sunrise, Byron Bay, has upset an elderly neighbour.

Break and Enter at Cinemas in Byron Bay

Police say that shortly after 4.20am, yesterday, Sunday August 1 a youth forced open one of the steel gates of the Palace Cinemas Byron Bay.

Cherry-picked COVID-19 statistics: Were the weekend’s ‘Freedom Rallies’ based on science?

A flyer recently dropped into the letterboxes of some New South Wales residents urged people to attend the controversial ‘Freedom Rallies’ – Let’s break it down and present some context.

It’s National Homelessness Week

In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events

Cartoon of the week – 28 July, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Saddle Road land snapped up for $10m

A picturesque property in Brunswick Heads that was once slated to become an eco-village may become a light industrial precinct after the owners sold it to a developer for $10 million. 

Nev Kelly, Ballina

Every now and then great moments in history occur. One such event just happened in New Zealand, where Jacinda Ardern’s Labour government was re-elected with a record-breaking majority. Well done Jacinda Ardern, her compassionate and efficient handlings of the Christchurch terrorist attack and now the COVID-19 pandemic should be a template for governments all around the world.

It was a crushing win for the Labour Party, totally pulverising the Nationals. New Zealanders can now look forward to more great governance, especially on strong economic policy, and especially on climate change action. It’s a massive difference to the prehistoric fossil-fuelled government Australians remain burdened with.

It’s really amazing to see such a humble and devoted female leader like Jacinda Ardern leading a modern successful country like New Zealand, without any of the hysterical and misogynistic attacks our first female PM, Julia Gillard, graciously endured from the psychopathic elements of the conservative right during her prime ministership.

The New Zealand election result prove just how well democracies can function when their governments govern honestly for the betterment of their countries and peoples, without the deceitful misinformation campaigns and marketing spin Australians are being constantly fed by this Morrison coalition government.

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.


  1. I whole-heartedly agree with you, Nev. There’s lots of room for an Ardern’s
    twin right here – right now. So many in OZ just don’t get it let alone understand
    that what’s being stuffed into our everyday lives will play in ‘pay-back’ soon
    enough. The old Native American saying says it all. “Whatever you do to others
    you do to yourself”.

  2. New Zealanders also voted to legalise Euthanasia. The new NZ Ministry has been unveiled, the inclusive diversity is amazing and as well 2 Greens MP’s were included in Jacinda’s new Ministry. The world needs more Jacinda.

  3. Sounds like a nice place NEV, you should move there if it’s a better place.
    No more Scomo etc you can even visit Hobbitville……..

  4. A very well written letter Nev. it could not have hit the mark better. Jacinda Adern is a highly regarded leader who has proven beyond doubt how to successfully manage a disaster and a pandemic, and what do us Australians have as a comparable “leader”? the “marketing guy” who was missing in action in Hawaii at the height of the unprecedented bushfire emergency. I have noticed that a certain contributor to these responses to letters has, in the past predicted that Jacinta Adern was heading towards a resounding defeat to be quickly followed by Qld. premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and then Daniel Andrews, that’s really working out well for him isn’t it ? I’ll bet the Labor Party was glad to see the end of him.

  5. For the record keith , was quoting from NZ
    Friends regarding Adern . However the people voted as they did in Qld and NZ and congratulate both ..👏
    And wish them all the success moving forward.
    Something you and your leftwing mates in the Labor Party could never do keith .. even the
    Unions have a problem with the direction the Labor party are taking . Albo , Butler , burke , kennelly
    Etc .. are they any different to Brandt ? No .
    Federally labor will be in opposition for some time!

  6. Go out & buy a copy of “What Is To Be Done: Political Engagement and Saving the Planet”
    by Barry Jones. Scribe is the publisher, Barrow. Remember Barry Jones? Labor flourished
    then without ‘career politicians’. Arden’s leadership agrees with Jones’. In order to go forward
    [silly saying] one needs to go back & learn again that ‘self interest’ doesn’t belong in politics.
    Jones sees ‘enlightenment values are at risk’. “We see a retreat from reason; rejection of
    facts & expertise; the rise of populism; a failure of ethical leadership & deepening corruption.”
    And that’s only a very small part of it.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

South East Queensland lockdown continues for another five days

Queensland Health has issued a statement that says the current lockdown in South East Queensland will continue for another five days as a precaution following new cases in the state.

Pennings and Adani to continue court battle

The Supreme Court has formalised orders agreed out of court by both Adani and Ben Pennings in relation to a decision handed down on 25 June 2021.

Can you help save 74 million lives?

Killer carbon – a new study has coined another metric for estimating the damage inflicted by climate change – this time, looking at the ‘mortality cost of carbon’.

It’s National Homelessness Week

In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events