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October 22, 2021

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The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

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The Great Reopening

S Haslam What a time to go out in Byron – easy to park and, for the shy retiring types...

Love Island takes over Federal – time to test the law?

The NSW government legislation has provided a permit for screen filming on private land in NSW without any Council oversight or accountability. This has led to Federal Village currently being overrun by the ITV film company.

So long Greens

So, where to now for Greens voters disillusioned with local MP Tamara Smith advocating the big pharmaceutical program? One would...

More artists announced for Bluesfest

Bluesfest is excited to announce that, as NSW opens, they are adding more great artists to their lineup. 

After a long, arduous and uninformed debate… Saddle Road DA approved

Councillors finally ‘got there in the end’, interim Mayor, Michael Lyon, told an exhausted audience after many hours of confused meandering at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

Reclaim Our Future koalas pay a visit to Federal MP

Today Extinction Rebellion Lismore will make sure the federal member for Page hasn’t forgotten about the black summer bushfires and their devastating impact on NSW’s koala population.

Delighted to read Dan Reade’s letter (September 1) calling for everyone to take a new cause to champion. I have it, it’s called true democracy, because this is something that’s lacking in Australia’s political system, with our duopoly party politics, pandering to corporations, mining companies and big pharma. What about the people and the environment?

The reality is, for the last 80 plus years, we have had a choice between two parties. They are both very similar and seem to say whatever they think will win votes at the next election, and then usually backflip when they win power.

This has to change, because they have both now become conceited tyrants, implementing legislation that is taking away the freedom and liberty of everyday people, and heading towards a totalitarian regime where our bodily autonomy and right to choose for ourselves has disappeared. They have shown poor leadership and stopped trusting the people, creating a police state and a great divide in our communities, and it’s time for them to go.

The solution is at the ballot box. We need to get away from party politics, and instead bring fresh new ideas, evidence-based policies and real, everyday people of integrity into parliament. We need true democracy. I’ve come across a new political party, called Australia’s Representatives, that I believe has the solution, so I’ve joined them in their grassroots movement to fight the good fight.

As a single parent, qualified high school teacher, and social worker, who has lived in Byron Shire for the last 15 years, I understand what our community needs: affordable housing, protection of our natural environment, and tax reform. Plus, hearing the voice of the people and putting their needs first, and this is what AusReps stands for. So I encourage the community to consider this option when voting at the next federal election, so that together we can sack the failed duopoly that is politics in Australia today.

Fiona Kaminski

Ocean Shores

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  1. I care not how ‘earnest’ a political party may start out, because ultimately a party’s main aim becomes the survival and growth of the party.

    I refuse to vote for ANY political party; only (truly) independent candidates have a chance with me.


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