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April 21, 2021

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Cartoon of the week – 21 April, 2021

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The ghost in the archives #3: Sexism, legal discrimination and ‘the game of bastardry’

The ghost in the archives #3 – In which a former Echo drudge dives into the crypt and comes up covered in dusty memories.

Could pyrolysis help solve the plastics crisis?

Philippe Dupuy from the Lismore Environment Centre thinks there is a role for pyrolysis technology in dealing with the global plastic waste dilemma, with new technology making it possible to turn plastic waste into a useful resource.

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

Upgrades for Lighthouse Parade in Ballina

One of the showcase areas of Ballina is about to get a safety and aesthetic upgrade, with the Lighthouse Parade Pedestrian Precinct and Road Safety Project commencing soon.

Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.

Byron Bay wants Byron Baes to back off

Faster than speeding reality TV producer, members of the Byron community have swiftly mounted a multi-pronged attack against the proposed ‘influencer’ based Netflix show Byron Baes.

Adrian Gattenhof, Mullumbimby

American spoilt brat Zuckerberg may have done adults around the world a great favour with his screamy kicky tanty. He’s laid bare the ravenous reality behind the smiley mask of the tech giants – and other transnational corporations. They use every means to maximise profits and minimise any contribution to the communities that make them billions. Pirates of the Caribbean hiding their loot in tax havens.

We had friends before Facebook and healthier communities before anti-social media joined the neoliberal corporate agenda of atomising society, and impoverishing investigative journalism and the whole public realm. Morrison’s legislation requiring them to contribute to journalism is welcome but tepid. Little wars against well-armed bullies fail, or achieve little; they buy us off with ‘chump change’.

The solution is to go big and go hard. Turnbull, Rudd, and others have said the aim should be to force them to pay tax. Exactly. A favourite corporate scam is to ‘book’ (that is, bullshit) payments from Australian advertisers as occurring in tax havens. Tax lawyers, accountants, and lobbyists pour in as corporate shock troops to intimidate governments into submission. The answer is to cut the Gordian knot, and for the Liberal/Labor party to act unanimously in the community interest.

A substantial revenue tax should replace income tax for companies deemed evaders. The ATO would force their Australian revenue streams to go first, not to the company, but to the ATO. There it would be taxed at, say, thirty per cent, the rest would go to the company – no income tax return required. Evader corporations need a hard kick in the wallet to learn respect for the communities they now pillage.

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Byron Drag Racers World Record

The local AAA Racing motorcycle team have set a new world record in 100cc class, as well as a top national speed in 50cc class at the recent Australian Speed Week held at Salt Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.