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Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

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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.

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'.

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

Interview with Jean Kittson

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.

Jeremy Gilder, Myocum

Not in his wildest dreams could George Orwell have imagined where Australia would actually be in 2021! Way beyond his hideous propositions of thought police, torture, and manipulations of 1984.

Australia today is at the mercy of power-drunk, unrestrained state ministers, who have discovered that instilling fear is a simple and effective way of manipulating their populations. It all began in Victoria with Premier Dan’s ‘lockdown’ where people living in airless apartments were threatened with police arrest if they broke rules and dared go outside for fresh air.

Concurrently, unidentified people died in droves in nursing homes, highly publicised arrests were made for trivial ‘offences’ including the handcuffing of a mother in her home for thinking of protesting. Fear abounded in the community yet Victorians were losing their freedom. Australians, losing their freedom.

Other state premiers quickly saw opportunities for self-aggrandisement and joined in on population control and manipulation. Dictates by so called ‘health officers’ rammed home ministerial advantages and amazingly week-by-week, day-by-day, millions of Australians meekly surrendered to this absurd domination.

Now invasion of privacy is to extend beyond phone contact control and into the realm of a government system whereby all of us will be identified by what has been injected into our bodies. But of course it is all for the cause of saving us from COVID-19 from which 1,000 or so of our 26 million population has died. What is that risk percentage again?

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  1. The multi-purpose vaccine passport is on track for Britain with polls indicating significant approval (honest polls for sure). Reports have the French saying non to the Vaccine Pass (for now).
    Slow and steady is the fascist screw for Australians were always slow while waiting for mother England.
    For the Owners and Eyes the crushing of the UK is a triumph … the rest will follow.

    George knew them well.

  2. Jeremy, Australia’s death rate per million of population is one of the lowest in the world. There are probably lots of contributing factors but have you considered that one of them might have been the measures our state and territories introduced and the “so-called ‘health officers’ “ (aka doctors/professors highly qualified in public health.

    While the exchanges on here have provided me with some diversion over a quiet Easter weekend, my son, when sent a few links had a different reaction: “You guys are stuffed if it takes hold there. We need to separate the Byron shire from the mainland somehow.”


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