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December 6, 2021


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Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

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Flood warning for Richmond and Wilsons Rivers

A deepening low pressure trough through the northeast of the state is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms during Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the State Emergency Service.

Lismore saw one new case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Lismore in the 24 hours to 8pm 30 November.

Storylines – An escape from reality

I am a teacher. I teach at University Canberra, on Ngunnawal country, in ACT. This university went into ‘Lockdown’ about...

Taking the tourism tiger by the tail

Tourism is a key economic driver of the Byron Shire and despite the impacts of the pandemic on the...

Time to ride the election cycle

Bicycle advocacy is vanishingly rare in our community. Amid all the noise about net zero, my search for bicycle advocate candidates to vote for on Saturday only turned up vague references to ‘reducing our reliance on cars’ and ‘increasing public transport connectivity’. The closest thing to policy was: ‘It’s time to create bike paths all over the Shire.’ 

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay

Her Majesty the Queen, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA


Journalist Julian Assange is being held in one of your prisons, the notorious Belmarsh. According to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, “Mr Assange showed all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture, including extreme stress, chronic anxiety and intense psychological trauma.” His legal rights have been trampled even to the point of eavesdropping on sacrosanct communications between himself and his legal team, whilst crucial documentation for his defence has been withheld. Clearly, he is a political prisoner with no hope of a fair and just legal hearing.

Your Majesty, you used your Royal Prerogative of Mercy on behalf of convicted murderer, Steven Gallant who, thanks to your intervention, is to be considered for release on parole ten months early. On the other hand, Julian Assange, innocent of any wrongdoing, posted millions of top secret documents about high level gross violations of human rights, like the infamous US gunship massacre of innocent civilians in Baghdad (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLic1Y3re-A. He is being persecuted while the US apache helicopter murderers remain at large. How much more deserving of your intervention is Julian whose only “crime” has been to tell the truth about nefarious acts which powerful forces would prefer kept hidden? In my Change.org petition 4,420 people called on you to order Mr Assange’s release (http://chng.it/KwmkTyL4). We all hope you

will use your good office to uphold the law and [to] order the release of this good man.

This letter was read out publically at a rally of support for Julian Assange in Byron Bay, NSW 2481, Australia.

I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty’s humble and obedient servant.’

Gareth W R Smith

Byron Bay

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  1. Well done, Gareth. I’ve signed & commented until I’m blue in the face. Let us
    hope this works. Our government as usual has ‘no comment’ & the opposition


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