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NSW Flood Inquiry released today

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was in Lismore at Southern Cross University this morning at 11am releasing the NSW Independent Flood Inquiry where he accepted every recommendation put forward.

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The Bogong

The Byron Writers Festival has partnered with Blak & Bright curator Jane Harrison to present The Bogong, a Blak version of The Moth. The Bogong, Hosted by Danny Teece-Johnson, is a celebration of the lived experience in crafted spoken word form. Featuring six First Nations storytellers, it’a feast for the ears.

NSW Flood Inquiry released today

The NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was in Lismore at Southern Cross University this morning at 11am releasing the NSW Independent Flood Inquiry where he accepted every recommendation put forward.

Secrecy surrounds govt’s Reconstruction Corp

Echo questions remain unanswered around the advisory board appointments for the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation, which the NSW government says will help with ‘rebuilding flood-affected Northern Rivers’. 

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Beth Shelley, Chair, Northern Rivers Railway Action Group

It seems that many politicians are sociopaths so how do we find ones that aren’t? BJ and DT are great examples, meaning Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, because they are so self-involved that they don’t listen to researched and knowledgeable ideas. As we can see with the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve caused many deaths as they couldn’t understand that something outside themselves was real.

Being in politics is a difficult and stressful job and probably easier for someone who’s good at ruthless self-promotion while being totally focused on themselves. We need to encourage sane, compassionate people capable of listening to many sides and focusing on real outcomes for all people.

At the moment the people in power in NSW are simply unable to understand the need of this community for public transport. Politicians from both Labor and Liberal/National parties were laughing and patting each other on the back about closing some of the Casino to Murwillumbah railway in the Northern Rivers. It hurt to see the lack of compassion displayed towards our community, our elderly, and our vulnerable people who don’t have transport.

It’s very difficult to see how to challenge that lack of care and understanding. What do you do? I wouldn’t want to be a politician except that I care about my community. But how to stay sane with all the pressures of an insane system? We all need to find those people who can listen, and care, and then give them support. It’s time for a change.

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