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December 3, 2021

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Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

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Laurel Lodge open for community housing

North Coast Community Housing (NCCH) has officially opened 12 refurbished fit-for-purpose homes in the former Lismore Base Hospital accommodation known as Laurel Lodge.

Cartoon of the week – 1 December, 2021

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James McKenzie runs for Tweed Shire Council

James McKenzie is running as an ungrouped candidate running in the upcoming Tweed Council election and is from Eungella.

Not wedging

Though it may be puzzling to some, I am heartened to see that some of the candidates for the...

Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.

Which values are important?

Public opinion sure is divided about the Dunoon Dam (the DuD). Clearly it does not have sufficient social licence...

Sometimes life would be a lot simpler if I could just believe in God. If I could believe that when I die my soul lives eternally in Heaven, that we are living out the Book of Revelatiions then the so-called End of Days pandemics, climate change and even war with China would all make sense. But I don’t believe a word of it.

Instead, I agonise over what can be done about all this shit we’re going through. If ever there was a time for informed, inspired and visionary leadership, it’s now. Last week my heart sank when Catholic conservative, Dominic Perrottet, became Premier of NSW.

Our Prime Minister, Scomo, is a Pentecostal who believes in the End of Days, when only people sharing the same beliefs will be raptured away to spend eternity with God in Heaven – while the other eight billion of us burn forever in Hell. If that sounds like an appalling CV for a national leader, it probably is. How does he manage affairs of state within this overarching doomsday narrative?

I don’t think anyone who believes in doomsday is fit to govern, particularly at a time when real challenges are on so many people’s minds.

Most people can believe what they like and it doesn’t affect others – but it’s not okay for politicians.

Really, the Abrahamic religions are death cults. They preach that true, everlasting life only begins when we die – and life on Earth is just a test to see if we qualify for the afterlife.

This religious dogma is the biggest conspiracy theory of them all. Yet it sits as a centrepiece of our culture – pious, paedophilic, hypocritical, and untouchable. Believing such ideas displays a worrying lack of critical thinking – and religious conservatives take this same lack of inquiry into every aspect of policy making.

Becoming the head of government is a job that affects the lives of millions. Premiers and prime ministers really should be better than this. The world is crying out for it.

Michael Balson, Upper Wilsons Creek


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