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September 22, 2021

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

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COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and Byron Bay

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

Planning staff back Wilsons Creek DA, residents’ concerns downplayed

Residents living near a proposed 15-lot housing development in Wilsons Creek say it will negatively impact a precious wildlife corridor on the site, exacerbate traffic safety problems on the surrounding roads, and damage the peaceful character of their quiet enclave.

Union wants mandatory vaccination across the board

Representatives of NSW prison officers say they are demanding mandatory vaccinations be adopted across the NSW justice system, with the union saying inmates who refuse the jab should face the same public health restrictions unvaccinated members of the public do.

Peter Olson, Goonengerry

The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, Article 20: ‘Everyone has the right to peaceful assembly and association’. The police commissioner says: ‘anyone planning to attend a COVID lockdown protest in Sydney will be arrested’. They have replaced our democracy with a ‘Medical Government’, de-prioritised elections and emphasised medical control, to replace our previous freedoms.

The situation will be stable until eventually, the protesters become too numerous and their numbers will increase with every added restriction, and over time this political situation is not for a few more short years, but for the rest of our lives. CO2 output will diminish.

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  1. You do know we don’t have national legislation on human rights corresponding to the UN charter. To be honest the concept of medical government is as absurd as the concept of sovereign citizen. Is wearing a mask an imposition yes but we do it to protect others and ourselves. The same with making vaccination compulsory if you work in health care or age care or disability care. I’m wondering do you feel the same about road rules, paying taxes, environmental legislation etc? The protests you talk about are in a very small minority of the population, most of the population is just wanting to get back to normal as quick as possible which will not be possible with these people who prefer disease over health.

  2. Amnesty International is an organisation with a proud history of fighting for human rights and for people whose rights are seriously abused or under threat. This is what they have to say about masks:

    “Mandatory face masks – cover your mouth, not your opinions

    “There is nothing in international human rights law against a state taking mandatory measures where there is a public health necessity, such as the prevention and control of COVID-19, however, mandatory measures must be implemented in accordance with international human rights law and key safeguards.

    “Amnesty continues to monitor government response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure measures to contain the virus are proportionate and applied without discrimination.

    “ But common sense tells you that wearing a mask, if it is advised or mandated by health authorities, is a reasonable measure to protect your health and the health of others.”

  3. I do not believe that a fellow citizen has the right to ‘pass on’ a known pandemic killer
    just because they can. I’m tired of hearing the ‘thing’ that’s now responsible for the
    deaths of millions world wide is just a joke. Mask up – it makes sense.


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