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March 22, 2023

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We all live in a magic submarine…

Several commentators have remarked that, while the mainstream media is locked in furious agreement with the government over AUKUS and the trillion dollar submarines (a guess at the final price tag), social and independent media are telling quite a different tale.

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Lismore candidate Ross Honniball

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

Dredging rivers: what are the Ballina candidates’ positions?

A recent Meet the Candidates evening in Ocean Shores saw discussion around how to manage local river systems, which have silted up over generations, and likely contributed to the high flood levels experienced in 2022.

Main Arm road works update

Further to last week’s Echo newspaper story Main Arm Road repairs grant unsuccessful, Council’s General Manager, Mark Arnold, told...

Labor’s Craig Elliot commits to SSF and keeping old Tweed Hospital site open

Talking state significant farmland (SSF) and the Tweed Hospitals Labor’s Craig Elliot has committed to preserving SSF, free parking at the new Tweed Valley Hospital (TVH) and keeping the old Tweed Hospital in public hands. 

Lismore candidate Matthew Bertalli

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

Mediation fails over large Suffolk Park DA

The battle over a controversial mixed-used development proposed for the main street of Suffolk Park looks set to go to a full hearing in the Land and Environment Court with Byron Shire Council, after the court-ordered conciliation process failed.

Keith Duncan, Pimlico

There has recently been derogatory and spiteful attacks on the Labor Party by people claiming to be disillusioned ex-ALP members, who have joined the Greens or Independents; (there must be an election soon). Obviously sour grapes by people who couldn’t handle not getting their own way for their idealistic left-wing, unelectable nonsense, and are obviously now discovering, they’re achieving even less success. 

The Byron Greens can’t even agree with each other let alone 50+ per cent of Australians; it was Bob Carr’s Labor government that created our local National Parks and Nature Reserves from Tyagarah to Cumbebin Swamp to Arakwal National Park. When Nationals MP Ben Franklin arranged for the NSW government to stump up $20 million for the badly needed Byron bypass, The Greens even protested about building that (seriously).

They have achieved bugger-all in Byron, they’re just too busy organising futile protests like the infamous ‘Convoy to Clermont’. That was so successful for the Qld LNP in the federal election that Senator Matt Canavan begged them to come back for the State election, thank God the Greens didn’t repeat the folly.

Talk about an undisciplined mob, how can they be serious about governing for anyone, they have no idea how – nor the ability to remove this Morrison government. It makes one wonder, do they even want to?

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  1. The Greens are all bad you say, leaves only your magnificent ALP standing to come to our rescue, yeah. If you want more coal mining and exporting, Hello Adani, then the ALP is the answer to oust President, yeah. If you want Big New Gas, Hello The Beetaloo, then the ALP is the answer to oust President ScamMO, yeah. If you want First Nations People to be trodden into the ground, Hello both Adani and The Beetaloo, then the ALP is the answer to oust President ScamMO, yeah. If you wanted a decent JobKeeper scheme but voted for a JobKeeper scheme that deliberately left tens of thousands behind, then the ALP is the answer to oust President ScamMO, yeah. The Greens in your estimation may have no idea but the ALP definitely has the right idea, just copy The Liberals, to keep President ScamMO right where he is, his backside planted in the big chair.

  2. Keith its simple .. the Labor Party are more interested in Global Warming/ identity
    Politics… as do the the Greens ..
    its jobs jobs jobs keith … you know this !!
    the labor party deserted blue collar workers
    It has cut through Keith … we dont Forget
    i work in the industry keith even the unions
    are not happy … as Chris Bowen suggested
    if you “Don’t like labors policies ” dont vote
    for us ? The rest is history keith … you wont
    Win the election with albo at the helm ..
    As for the Greens keith well there is a reason
    Why they receive up to 10 % of the vote.

  3. Since their formation in 1992, 29 years ago, the Greens have gone virtually nowhere. In fact since 2007 the Greens national vote increased by only 1.36%. At that rate hell will freeze over before they achieve any sort of parliamentary representation.

    In fact in 2016 they lost a senate seat. This is how they stand, 1 out of 151 lower house seats in the House of Representatives, 9 out of 76 in the senate, 16 out of a total of 455 lower house seats nationally, 10 out of 155 upper house seats nationally. Hardly a resounding endorsement. How about you concentrate your efforts on removing this awful government instead of attacking the ALP. Because the more you do the more you will get back.

  4. Joachim really, that’s just more cherry-picked, rhetorical nonsense; it didn’t work last time and it certainly isn’t going to work this time. All you are doing is confirming the point I have been making, in that “some” overly idealistic Green supporters- that you obviously are one of- seem to get their jollies by indiscriminately attacking the Labor Opposition- that if elected to Govt.- would make an enormous difference to the status-quo- instead of a very bad Govt.- that is doing everything possible to maintain the status-quo. Over the years I have met and talked to all the Greens Candidates, running for both Richmond and Ballina electorates, along with many of their Volunteers and unlike you- and another couple of winging local Greens- claiming to be ex-Labor members; they didn’t seem to harbor any underlying hatred of the Labor Party. I just hope that most Greens supporters, who read these exchanges, see through your nasty rhetorical rantings and realize that this is a really bad Coalition Govt.- that does not deserve re-election- and the only way to remove it- is to elect a Labor Govt. in its place- where there is a chance the Greens may just achieve something; there is no plan B.

  5. Political Party’s should NOT be involved in Local Government . The ALP is a lost cause , shrinking by the day as a credible Party . The Green’s in Byron shot themselves in the foot with their internal coup that was mounted by the Dark Green Fossils. 4 Green Councillors became 1 . Well done !

    That , then , leaves the Independent Candidates who are standing .

    Byron needs well educated Candidates with proven experience in local government , finance , management and who actually have the time to do the job properly .

    In particular , the position of Mayor needs a person who can devote a considerable amount of time to the Job , it’s not a 4 hours a week job . If you are already a busy person with full time employment and other activities, then you cannot do the job’

    So , it’s really a matter of choosing which group of Independents can serve Byron the best .


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