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Storms and rain for Tuesday and Wednesday in the Northern Rivers

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is predicting widespread thunderstorms and rain for the Northern Rivers.

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Secret report reveals government ignored advice to stop logging after Black Summer fires

Following a leaked report it has become clear that independent advice to the NSW government to stop logging areas hardest hit by the Black Summer bushfires was ignored.

What’s Nu in COVID variants? Highlighted need for stronger Australian contribution

According to the End COVID For All campaign the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in Botswana, most likely to be called 'Nu', underlines the need for Australia to step up its contribution to co-oridnated global efforts to prevent the virus’ spread and mutation.

On yer marks! get set – fundraise!

The Ballina Region for Refugees were part of a nationwide event on the weekend – a 5-kilometre fundraising walk on a drizzly, grey Sunday, but with spirits undampened. 

Ballina mayoral candidate calls for tighter holiday letting rules

Byron’s status as the only shire exempt from NSW holiday letting regulations could be under threat as a declared housing crisis on the Northern Rivers continues.

Frontline workers

I’ve just read an ABC News article re the ‘burn out’ of Australian nurses. For the last two years...

Is it time to challenge the idea of Big Australia?

Premier Dominic Perrottet recently announced his intention to build a Big NSW. Much of this Big Population and Big Economy will be generated by a doubling of the state’s pre-covid migration intake.

Sue McLeod, Myocum 

I was saddened by the plight of our paramedics and their union’s frustrated attempts to seek a pay rise from NSW’s IRC, (Echo, 31/3), especially given the stresses and dangers of this essential service.

Along with other workers in aged care, preschools, hospitality, retail, agriculture, and the gig economy, our state and federal conservative governments have continued to stifle adequate wage increases, largely contributing to low domestic spending.

Last year’s increase in the minimum wage did nothing to increase disposable income. Little has been done to combat wage theft.

The casualisation of our workforce continues to grow, offering little financial security for many families and a decent retirement age for lower-income workers. Add the effects of COVID-19 within our economy and the future looks bleak for those who have lost their jobs.

Conservative governments argue that wage rises would threaten jobs, yet we didn’t see any increase in positions when penalty rates were denied for hospitality workers. Trickle-down economics is a farce.

I grew up in a much fairer, more equitable society with access to tertiary training and education, permanent job opportunities, and lower house prices. Despite my working-class background, I gained a scholarship that allowed me to enter a career backed by an active union and equal gender rights. Industry superannuation allowed me to retire at a decent age. I was a lucky post-WWII baby boomer!

Under neoliberal policies, our once fairer, egalitarian society has declined, with fewer opportunities, unless your parents are wealthy. This would be a contributing factor to the rise of domestic violence.

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