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It is a weekend of excitement, fun and laughter for everyone at the National Circus Festival

It truly is like stepping into another world as you enter The Famous Spiegeltent which is here for the National Circus Festival that is taking place this weekend in Mullumbimby before it once again heads off around the world.

Editorial – Break out the bubbly for Budget Estimates

Budget Estimates is truly one of the most revealing and best educational services that the NSW government offers. MPs from the opposition grill ministers and agency bosses without mercy, for hours. 

The Tweed Artisan Food Festival is almost here

The sixth Tweed Artisan Food Festival will be held at the end of the month – the festival runs for 10 days with 20 curated events showcasing the people, the place and the produce of the Tweed.

Bioenergy facility funding rejected

Mayor Michael Lyon is downplaying a funding rejection for Council’s much touted Bioenergy Facility proposal by a federal government agency, claiming other funding sources are available.

Hearing Australia urges action on workplace hearing loss  

With more than 1.1 million Australians continuing to be exposed to harmful noise levels in the workplace, Hearing Australia is urging workers to protect their ears from dangerously loud sounds.

Ballina council taking suggestions for Lennox Head plan

Anyone with ideas for improving or protecting particular parts of Lennox and Skennars Heads has until 28 October to let the Ballina Shire Council know.

Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay

The ABC’s Religion and Ethics Report this week featured an interview with former Israeli cabinet minister, Ami Ayallon, who was also head of the Israeli navy and of the Israeli intelligence service, Shin Bet.

Mr Ayallon emphasised that he was not sympathetic to the Palestinian cause but was empathetic. He understood where the Palestinians were coming from and they want a better life. Most revealing were his comments about Gaza, where he repudiated the Israeli government’s claim that they had left Gaza.  Mr Ayallon said they have created a jail for two million people with Israel controlling land, sea, and air access.

Regarding the West Bank he said Israel had created an apartheid state and cited examples where two systems of law pertain, one for Palestinians and the other for Israelis. Palestinians who live in the same territory as Israeli settlers, he said, get much less water.

It is heartening to hear an establishment Israeli confirming the human rights abuses that Israeli human rights organisations like B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence, as well as we, Byron Friends of Palestine, have accused Israel of. How impressive it would be if a senior Australian politician echoed his words!
Gareth Smith & Tony Christie


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