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January 21, 2022

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Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

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Biz step up to feed frontline staff

Local paramedics will be able to get free coffee and snacks at selected local cafes, as part of a major community effort to support frontline health workers during the ongoing and increasing COVID-19 outbreak.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

Astrological gravitas

The Mullum Aeronautics and Space Administration (MASA) will soon launch the Spiders Webb telescope, which will break through to...

The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

The Greens have written to the Premier to ask him to immediately introduce ‘NurseKeeper’ to urgently introduce pandemic pay and bonuses for nurses and paramedics. 

COVID strategy

Our PM and premier have decided to fall back on the old ‘Dunkirk Strategy’: Retreat, withdraw and claim a...

Discourse

Dear Editor, good on you for your piece reminding us about the importance of public discourse. Like you, I find...

The housing crisis in Byron Bay, and Australia in general, is urgent. There is no easy fix. Too many people are benefiting from high property prices. Too many politicians won’t make unpopular laws. However, a long-term approach might be less painful to existing property owners and politicians alike.

What if all future residential property purchases, say after 2023, were subject to new rules and laws, then the housing crisis might gradually abate. Possible changes might include;

1) Airbnb properties must have the owner living full time on the premises.

2) Capital gains tax discount of 50 per cent to be abolished for residential property.

3) One year occupancy rule to be extended to five years.

4) The value of the family home to be included in the assets test for pension calculation.

Existing properties would be exempt.

These (and other) changes would gradually undermine residential property as the premier investment class in Australia. Residential property would revert to its proper role; a place to live, not a place to become rich.

Tom Newton, Skennars Head


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1 COMMENT

  1. Tom: If only!

    Meanwhile, it seems that greed, and the gutlessness of politicians (of all colours and levels), will allow the madness to continue – until we have another 2008-type GFC. I can’t wait for that to put things back into perspective.

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NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.

January 21 National Cabinet on Omicron, RATs, vax and treatments

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a media release about yesterday's meeting of the National Cabinet.

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Biz step up to feed frontline staff

Local paramedics will be able to get free coffee and snacks at selected local cafes, as part of a major community effort to support frontline health workers during the ongoing and increasing COVID-19 outbreak.