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April 18, 2021

China bashing

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Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

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A sticker initiative, to say ‘Thank you’ and support local retailers’ doing it tough is adorning Mullum shops, owing in part to efforts by resident Angela Bambach.

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Comedian, writer, and social commentator Jean Kittson has the ability to distil complex ideas into commonsense. Jean is one of the national treasures in conversation with Mandy Nolan and Fiona O’Loughlin at No Eggs for Breakfast, a comedic chat themed around life beyond fertility! It seemed remiss not to ask Ms Kittson on her take on the debacle that is federal politics and gender equity.

Rotary Downunder Baton handed over at Byron Bay

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is 'Rotary says no to domestic violence'.

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

The return of the prodigal son

Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, is presenting a new exhibition by regional artists.

Christine Olsen, Brunswick Heads

I was surprised to see The Echo joining in on the current media bout of China bashing (Backlash 10 March ‘Tik Tok is Chinese-owned psyops’). I thought you were above that.

It is in fact the US who is involved in PSYOPS with Tik Tok. https://bit.ly/3cEj4PN.

Oh, and by the way, the US is the biggest investor in Australia, followed by the UK, Japan, and then China.

Written on behalf of my Chinese friend who is suffering racist abuse as she travels to work.

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  1. First let me say,
    Verbal abuse is abhorrent and should only be used as defense not an attack.
    And I am sorry for suffering she may be enduring.
    However where does defense start and who is attacking who here.
    Unfortunately your friend is from a country that has long been a source of tension and aggression towards Australia and therefore Australians. Any person living in another country must be prepared for racism. Its a fact. We all live a duality of good vs evil and this plays out in out daily lives no matter how much trust any gov removes from its citizens.
    All the other countries named have relations and deals with Australia that allow Australians to buy property or business in that country as the members of that country are allowed here. Our bi-lateral agreements with China are not like that. Chinese citizens can take full advantage of your tax dollars that built the roads, parks, and waterways that made “that property” worth what it is, and they can compete with you, who have paid for the infrastructure, at the same dollar value. This is clearly biased to favour rich Chinese families or businesses. The same gratitudes are not extended to Australians in China. This is why your friend suffers here.
    Your friend is from a country run with oppression, totalitarianism & genocidal policies, yet she is still happier to live here. In spite of her difficulties, she now has a first world problem.

    As an individual, these things are not her fault. But as a member of a hostile nation that has been pushing up Australian real estate rental & sale prices for decades, she represents oppression by her very presence.
    You may argue this but in the end, if she goes away, so does the issue of Chinese racism. Therefore she is the representative of the issue. This is very unfortunate for integrated , hard working Chinese Australians. However, given this problem is bigger than individuals, it’s a long road to sort out. This is culturally decided at the top level of the “uneven playing field”, which is in Beijing. So until this changes, your friend will suffer more harassment no matter what social laws are in place here.
    Look at it from the “cultural victims” side.

    Australians that previously used to work, live and swim by our beaches are now stuck in no hope living arrangements with no beach nearby. If they do have a beach they probably can’t afford the parking there.
    I certainly am personally devastated that a Chinese citizen can spend 4 million on a house that was once an affordable house for all Aussies. Our government’s response to China is a joke no better than a token effort to those affected.
    Punitive corrections have been recently put in place but nothing changes on the ground.
    It is my opinion that a house is only worth what the suburb and infrastructure around it make it worth. Guess who paid for that? You Aussies did and you can’t get that same gold pass in China.
    Areas with accessible locations of natural beauty, of which we have many in Australia, are like this even 10 fold.
    Chinese citizens wishing to buy in our country should literally be paying 500% extra for any property in our country.
    It simply slaps in the face of any Australian looking to buy Australian First.

    China and it’s citizens have been collapsing the Australian
    economy throughout this process and it must stop. We may All feel sad for your friend but she represents a culture that is pushing more Australian families to live out of cars and tents. For your friend to be here, how many families had to sell a home, take an extra job, sell a car, turn to crime? You can keep going.

    If all Aussies knew that any ew Aussie Chinese person they saw had paid 10 times more money for their house, their education, their business fees, then you could bet your bottom dollar that the level of racial & or cultural abuse that they experience would turn around dramatically.

  2. Australia has always been racist. When I was a child the racism was directed at the Italian and Greek immigrants. Then the Vietnamese were the target. Then anyone from an Arabic country. It is always dressed up as something else but it is racism.
    Yes, the Chinese government is dreadful but wealthy people are encouraged by our government to come and live here. This area is becoming unaffordable for many locals because big money from Sydney and Melbourne is driving up property prices. Should we therefore hate all people from Sydney and Melbourne?
    Our universities are so underfunded that without Asian students they would cease to exist.
    So , Trev C, what you are spouting is still racism.

  3. I do not want to see this land ‘sold out’ to large investment organizations from anywhere
    including here. If our ‘leaders’ were worthwhile humans they’d ‘put a cap on investment
    buying & selling while renting at crazy prices. Near million-dollar + home owners are having
    a great time trading properties & stacking-up their valuables while women & children live
    in cars or tents. It’s not on. The lucky country? For some.

  4. Australians have been spoon fed propaganda by every media outlet for decades to see china as a threat the language Australia’s media use regarding china always puts some negative slant on it, China lands probe on the moon, Australian media “Chinas Plans to conquer the Moon”. the reality is no other nation on earth has done more to lift the living standards and quality of life of its people, Australians participating in Chinese hate do so because that’s all they can do in their ignorance, hate what they fear.
    the reason people cant afford a house in Australia isn’t because of Chinese investment its because we as a people have lacked the vision and have failed to recognise and protect the basic human need for shelter and a place to exist instead we have turned it into a commodity, we create Australia and all of its problems everyday.


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