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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

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Learner charged after Bruns roundabout crash

A 16-year-old learner driver has been charged with a string of offences after a crash in Brunswick Heads on Tuesday night.

Cartoon of the week – 27 January, 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.

A lot to bang on about at golf clubs and bowlos

Gone are the days when services and sports clubs dished up a choice between a pie and chips, or...

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

‘Angwirri’ greets the dawn upon Sydney icon

‘Angwirri’, meaning 'begin to talk', is the name of a sensational piece of Indigenous art that greeted the dawn on the sails of the Sydney Opera House this morning.

Rail Trail or nothing!

Neil McKenzie, Bangalow David Lisle’s article A short history of our rail corridor debate summed up succinctly and accurately the compelling...

William Goode, East Lismore 

It is absolutely beyond a joke what the Victorian government has made us do. They made the announcement to close the border at about 3.30pm Thursday afternoon and my partner and I packed our bags and left. We drove to Tamworth and stayed the night because there was no way we could drive from Ballina to the Victorian border on Thursday night.

The Victorians put in place a suicide mission for Victorians in green zones. We had to travel through regional NSW. Not allowed through Sydney or the Central Coast as they are hotspots. The border closes today (Friday) midnight, and those who arrived back in Victoria on Thursday only need to isolate and wait for their covid result to come back. But those who arrive back in Victoria tonight (Friday), before the border closes, have to get a covid test and isolate for 14 days no matter what the result.

Today we left Tamworth at 6.30am and we are still driving home! It is 11pm at night. We are very lucky to be across the border but the government have not done this kind of isolation rules to any other closure. Not even when they closed to the red zones and hotspots. I was in a region that hasn’t had any cases since July!

Frustrating, stressful and a downright suicide mission is how I would describe what the Victorian government has done to many Victorians.


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