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May 22, 2024


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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Why are we so blasé about violent pornography?

Why is it a turn on to hurt us? Recent intersectional studies have shown that online misogyny and violent pornography are contributors to a sharp rise in domestic violence. In NSW alone, police attend 500 incidents every day. If there were 500 threats or incidents at banks, or to the government, we would be in a state of emergency. Instead we stop, shake our heads, we listen to good men in government speak empty words, make a few promises, and move on. If you’ve ever lived through violence, it’s pretty well what your abuser does after hitting you.

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Local Labor MP supports Future Gas Strategy

Climate research scientist, Joelle Gergis, has joined other scientists, academics, think tanks and economists in condemning federal Labor’s Future Gas Strategy, which was released last week.

The Fall Guy

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are being silly in a film take of the ‘80s television series: The Fall Guy. He’s a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy, and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?

Garry Simes racks up 25 finishes at Australia’s oldest ironman triathlon

Ballina Triathlon Club member Garry Simes has achieved the milestone of finishing the Port Macquarie Ironman Australia race, one...

Fastest billycart clocked at over 40km/h at Bangalow Billycart Derby

Sunday saw around 5,000 people head to Bangalow to enjoy the Bangalow Billycart Derby with Greg Nash, Bangalow Lions Club President, telling The Echo that it was a ‘glorious autumn day'.

Consumer watchdog asked to investigate MasterChef ‘renewable gas’ claims

Claims that ‘renewable gas’ is making MasterChef 'greener' are under scrutiny following a complaint to the ACCC.

The 2024 budget wash up

It's impossible to make everyone happy on budget night, but Treasurer Jim Chalmers' 2024 effort has upset more than most, as the government struggles to avoid inflation rebounding, make more things in Australia, and do something about the cost of living.

Tom Tabart, Former Byron Greens councillor

It seems that I may have touched a nerve in my attempt to give some background to Byron Greens history and the essential Fast Buck$ and his long history of campaigning.

Sarah Ndiaye’s prolixity has surpassed even that of her mentor, Simon Richardson. A long scatty tirade augmented by another through the auspices of Cr Martin and the promise of more to come this week.

Egad, Carruthers, pass my tin hat!

I would not attempt to engage with the detail of Sarah’s version of past events, merely observing that ‘she would say that wouldn’t she?’.

I would rather rely on my record on the Barham council, which was the last to seriously try to hold the line against rampant development and control staff behaviour – some may remember?

Buck$ was a trenchant critic of Jan for all this period, but we managed to survive without utilising the police in any context. I think Buck$ came to appreciate Jan after he experienced the new order.

I was once described as ‘riding shotgun’ for Jan over two Council terms, hardly the behaviour of the embittered misogynist Sarah would have you believe.

I admit that watching the switch to ‘don’t rock the boat’ and the ‘GM is my best mate’ stance has been galling for many of us who fought long and hard to preserve the social and environmental ecology of Byron. As Simon’s chosen protégé with little history, Sarah would not understand this.

Most of the preselected Greens for the coming election are experienced and knowledgeable, and although they are constrained from speaking out, it is my understanding that they are deeply uneasy that Sarah, the remnant of a very problematic ‘Greens’ administration, has managed to advance to a winning position over better-credentialed candidates.

I hope the [Byron] Greens get back in some strength in September, the Shire needs them. If Cr Ndiaye is among them you can look forward to division and more ill-judged decisions, possibly another phallic sculpture rising in the middle of Ewingsdale Road.

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