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April 18, 2021

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Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Other News

Francis Cloake in running for National Portrait Prize

Byron Bay's Francis Cloake is one of two Northern Rivers photographers named as a finalist in the prestigious Living Memory: National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Eungella: Alleged domestic-related stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder

Police say a man will face court today charged with attempted murder following an alleged domestic-related stabbing earlier this year.

Local sailor triumphs in blustery Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race

Local sailor Craig Watson battled near gale-force winds on Coopers to have one of his best ever Brisbane to Gladstone yacht races claiming fourth place in line honours.

Report and recommendations – First Nations people in custody

High, but not high enough, on the country's human rights agenda is the issue of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

DPI has an eye on Lismore’s yellow crazy ants

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is a species of ant, originally from Southeast Asia, that has been accidentally introduced to numerous places in the world – including Lismore.

Holiday letting policy adopted by NSW govt

New state rules on short-term holiday lets (STHL) for NSW, announced late last week, won’t be introduced to the Byron Shire until as late as February next year, as the local housing crisis intensifies.

Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby

Margo Kingston’s excellent article (3 March) speaks of Cathy McGowan’s efforts to positively disrupt our politics.

Two days of intense debate is getting to the nitty gritty. Compassion deficit syndrome in governments inevitably induces action paralysis when ethical covers are blown.

Caring, conscience and respect for the vulnerable are absent. We need to raise the calibre of those elected.

Abundant compassion amongst the silent majority can be harnessed to take charge of our destiny. Non-partisan community committees are capable of grading all candidates for political office; for their emotional intelligence and decency.

Expect this to catalyse the rapid breakup of hidden alliances, weaken party dominance, and place the balance of power with intelligent independents, while the parties reform themselves.

Back to McGowan, and taking rightful control of our country. Expect no support for creative initiatives from corporate media, since their profits thrive on fear mongering, negativity and party favours. Brave young abuse survivors are breaking the power gridlock, with ethical actions at the grass roots level of united people.

There are two powerful factors favouring independents. It will be far easier to find highly rated candidates from independents, than from party affiliates.

Failed economic policies favoured by major parties for COVID recovery, are exponentially widening the rich/poor divide, causing more anger and loss of support.

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