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April 16, 2021


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Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

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Professor Graham Samuel says dementia care is personal

In a moving address to the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Dementia Australia Chair Professor Graham Samuel AC shared his personal experience of dementia – the anguish, bewilderment, frustration and torment experienced by his mother as she descended into the abyss of the disease.

A man dead after boat capsizes on Ballina Bar

Police have confirmed that a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina earlier today.

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.

Overcharging and misrepresentation

Josh Scrivener, Palmwoods Three weeks ago I looked online to buy a Bluesfest 2021 ticket. The Google ad directed me...

Northern Rivers Food Harvest food trail will return in 2021!

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail, to be held on the weekend of 1–2 May 2021, is guaranteed to be a very Northern Rivers experience, reflecting and celebrating the distinctive provenance of our region’s food. The Trail will offer lots of wonderful eating and drinking experiences; being jam-packed with our most-acclaimed restaurants, producers, farmers and growers.

Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina

There is the real news and then there is the fake news.

The radio news announced recently new economic figures showing better than expected data, and implying a sooner than expected economic upturn from the lockdowns.

Conversely, economist Martin Armstrong’s A.I. has predicted, for next year, a global economic depression far worse than the 1929 one.

It’s so easy to see who is telling the truth, or at least it will be next year, won’t it?


Pesticide – So Tuff

♦Director, Future Fisheries Veterinary Service Pty Ltd. Associate researcher, Sydney University, Faculty of Veterinary Science. Adjunct senior lecturer, Charles Sturt University, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

AgVet Chemical regulation was just reviewed. The Cancer Council say there was a ‘lack of rigorous scientific basis for the arguments in the document’ and ‘lack of priority given to the protection of human, animal, and environmental health’.

The Department of Health said ‘the proposed model is likely to increase response times to non-compliance and may result in prolonged or significant exposures prior to regulatory action being taken’. It’s like the reviewers are locked in a 1984 loop of George Smilovici’s sketch ‘I’m Tuff’.

I’m Tuff, pesticides won’t give me cancer. Our bees are so tuff, they won’t die from spray drift. I’m Tuff, I won’t need IVF to conceive due to unsafe pesticide exposures. A sharp contrast indeed with the science that has emerged of vast biodiversity loss and damage to health – and the EU’s rapidly tightening policy in response to reduce already harmful exposure.

AgVet Chemical lobbyists, Croplife Australia, make regular donations to Labor, Liberal, and National parties. This seems to be going well, as the Australian AgVet Chemicals business continues to expand towards a modest $10 billion dollar annual hobby, (a ‘small market’ apparently). The review says the way forward is industry self-regulation. What would the Cancer Council know anyway? We are tuff right? Tuff luck if we are not?

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Byron Shire celebrates seniors during festival week

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