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Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

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Which values are important for the region?

Public opinion sure is divided about the Dunoon Dam (the DuD). Clearly it does not have sufficient social licence...

The no-dam business case

There are groups standing for election next Saturday who are composed mainly of high profile business people. Many people...

Response to Ian Cohen and Paul Jones

I am proud to be running as Labor’s mayoral candidate for Byron Shire, with a great team that comes...

Women Who Lead team focus on housing and environment

Letitia Kelly is heading the Independent Group F, Women Who Lead ticket in the upcoming Tweed Shire Council elections.

Calming Curry

Live music has been in short supply for a while, and like many other things you may not have...

Today is International Day of People with Disability

This language trend around People With a Disability has tended to emphasise the disability rather than the person, which can lead to derogatory labelling, depersonalisation or impersonal, collective references.

Margaret Louise, Lismore

On this day, of all days, the excruciating vulgarity of Ocker culture is hard to take.

Don’t get me wrong – I love the lucky country. I can live with the Bottle-O, the servo, the smoko and the avos; I’ve gotten used to brollies and lollies, bikkies and sickies, the ciggies and sunnies and posties and mozzies (who are not the same as ankle biters).

But what does it say about our nation, that so many solid upstanding nouns have been turned into their comic diminutives? Are we afraid to say it like it really is?

Sure, we’re a nation of ex-convicts, larrikins, swagmen, settlers – and who need to get the words out quick, before the flies got in – so if shorter, cutesy words made the hard yakka of living on the world’s driest inhabited continent a bit easier, well good on ‘em!

Look at us now! And look at what, and who, we’ve destroyed to get here.

Was it was worth it?

Did the massacres of this land’s original inhabitants all happen just so a bunch of legless bogans could spend the arvo’ round a barbie, clutching their stubbies as the snags burn and ice in the esky melts? (Do these blokes think of anything else but the footy, mate? Or who’s gonna shout for the next slab?) Ah well, boys deserve a bit of relaxation, don’t they?

Like ScoMo sez, life wasn’t so flash for those arriving here in 1788 either.

And from that point on it was far, far less flash for the folks who watched them arrive…

…in Botany Bay or Perth or Hobart or Mallacoota, or in Evans Head, where Indigenous people were later surrounded at dawn as they slept, and shot – or driven off the edge of the cliffs at Goanna Headland.

Fair dinkum mate… happened right here.

Bloody oath.

 


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