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December 5, 2021


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Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

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The no-dam business case

There are groups standing for election next Saturday who are composed mainly of high profile business people. Many people...

Telling girls they don’t like STEM halves their involvement at any age

Even children as young as six can develop ideas that girls don’t like computer science and engineering as much as boys – stereotypes that carry over into teenagerhood and contribute to gender gaps at university, according to a study published in PNAS.

Gladys just doesn’t get it? Bullshit.

The rules are lost to the dark art of time, but when I was younger, we used to play a card game called ‘Bullshit’...

Wilsons River flood peak and flooding not expected for Tweed, Rouse, Brunswick River catchments

The prediction provided by the Bureau of Meteorology expects that locals around the Wilsons River at Lismore will see the river peak this afternoon at 4.20m. However, ‘Flooding is no longer expected in the Tweed, Rouse, Brunswick River catchments.

Last chance for tickets to Byron Shire Council Meet the Candidates forum

Today is your last chance to get tickets to tonight’s Byron Shire Meet the Candidates forum in the Byron Theatre.

On the ground work assists evicted women 

We know the region has some of the highest rents, and highest housing costs in Australia. We all know that this has virtually eliminated affordable housing. We hear the stories of women and children being evicted, of couch surfing and living in cars.

A big thanks to Michele Grant for expressing the deadly circumstances deliberately imposed upon many thousands of vulnerable Australians (Echo, 3 November).

Indeed the discriminatory policies applied by the Centrelink Corporation towards the sick and unemployed are a crime against humanity.

I am a 63 year old grandmother trying to support a family that has been excluded from home ownership through the implementation of government monetary policies that are only for the benefit of those who are not in need. Centrelink’s demands to perform voluntary work are not affordable on Newstart Allowance owing to transport costs and health issues that also make this impossible for me. The fact that this would also create greater hardship for my family is not worthy of consideration either.

The Robodebt case is proof that Centrelink strives to exploit the disadvantaged by any means, lawful or not. The government is now scrambling to regulate against ever being held responsible for the human consequences of their own savage policies.

The pandemic has shown that the ‘balancing the budget’ excuse for financial persecution is just another lie.

During this traumatic time so called ‘public servants’ have enjoyed further salary increases, and corporations received the funding desperately needed by those without assets.

However, the incorrect assumption that financial status correlates with intelligence gives grounds for hope. The underprivileged majority are painfully aware of the magnitude of our national theft, despite media censorship. Insatiable greed, by its very nature, cannot be forever sustained, and it seems that our political and corporate parasites don’t even realise that they are actually dependant on their ‘hosts’ for their own survival.

Lisa Purnell, Pottsville

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