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First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.

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Community the big winner at Rotary Duck Race

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BoM tsunami warning for the NSW Coastline

The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued a tsunami warning as a result of an eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apa in the Tongan Islands at 3.10pm AEDT yesterday, Saturday, January 15.

The recently discovered virus variant (Omicron) inevitably will provide Australian state premiers, and their immunology-knowledge-deficient ranks of ‘health experts’ with opportunities yet again for self-aggrandisement. What a gift to this power-hungry, inept, opportunist mob – to inflict more pain and suffering onto their hapless and trusting citizens! Even George Orwell would marvel at this scenario.

Having originally been satisfied with jabs for the elderly, our controllers then extended the process to include ALL adults (for their safety) with 70 per cent mandated for jabs, lifted to 80 per cent, lifted again to 90 per cent and now 95 per cent – presenting marvellous opportunities for endless self-promotion and control by our state premiers (keeping everyone safe! Hooray!).

But wait, there’s more! The children of course! Why didn’t they think of this earlier?! First the teens, then right down and into the cradle. Brilliant!! And, of course, those devastatingly destructive ‘lockdowns’, particularly in Victoria (ultimately abandoned as bad practice) – the face masks – the erratic limits to persons attending gatherings – stay at home impositions on school children – closures of businesses on a whim – economic disasters – police invading homes, attacking citizens in lawful protests! What a shambles! Not to forget the infamous border closures, particularly to Queensland, where it became illegal for children to cross the NSW/ Qld Border to farewell dying relatives, but okay for VIPs and sports people to come through unrestricted. Amazing!

FDA approval for any new drug usually takes years and years, and yet, Pfizer and AstraZeneca both were approved as suitable for human application in a matter of months? Data?

PS My wife and I (85, 79), are double-vaxxed, (because we could see restrictions coming if we did not take the jab and because of our belief that we should ‘do our bit’). We both feel worried that our immune systems may have been compromised in the process.

Jeremy Gilder, Myocum

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  1. I think you should run the department of truth with that working over of reality. Worried you are now immune compromised, obviously listening to those immunity experts from sky or Facebook. Talk about self promotion for a very small minority of anti freedom right wing extremists taking advantage and money off gullible people.

  2. “ Having originally been satisfied with jabs for the elderly, our controllers then extended the process to include ALL adults (for their safety) with 70 per cent mandated for jabs, lifted to 80 per cent, lifted again to 90 per cent and now 95 per cent …”

    I think Jeremy, you are somewhat confused. The plan agreed upon at national cabinet was for certain things to happen when 70% and 80% targets were reached nationally. This was the percentage of adults across Australia double vaccinated and it was based on modelling, commissioned from the Doherty Institute, on the likely outcomes of dropping restrictions. Individual states introduced the earlier easing of restrictions when different percentages of the relevant STATE were double vaccinated. The vaccine stroll-out was never planned to be confined to the elderly – we just got a higher priority based on vulnerability and the shortage of supply due to federal government ineptitude and indifference.

    The Doherty modelling was done before the country had been affected by the more infectious Delta which impacted on some states’ decisions. It was certainly before Omicron. We could see all this as a fiction or we could just accept that viruses mutate and the characteristics selected will tend to be the ones that make them more successful eg infectious. High school biology has led me to accept all this as highly probable not a science fiction conspiracy.

    While no politicians are above using circumstances for political gain, I really don’t think any premiers/chief ministers have taken pleasure in closing down industries or shutting borders. We can rail against them, even suggest they are a “ power-hungry, inept, opportunist mob” or perhaps look to our good fortune in this country in having been spared much of the suffering that has occurred across the globe. Perhaps consider that the buck stops with them for their hospital systems.

    We can dismiss, as not good enough, the science that has given us some clearly effective defences against this disease – yes in record time – or we could ponder what it was like living through past plagues when science had little knowledge of treatment or prevention beyond barricading the afflicted together indoors.

    In other words we could count our blessings rather than fall prey to the discontent being stirred up on anti-social media platforms by anonymous operatives for their own political agendas. If you are concerned about your immune systems in the wake of your vaccinations, why don’t you have a talk with your GP rather than relying on the information shared by “helpful” friends and rellies from these sources. Surely seven years of medical training has to count for something?

  3. Liz L – well said! Time after time you hit the nail on the head with sound logic and reason. In these troubled times, its been so good to have you in the letters section as a voice of intelligence and rationale. I look forward to your tilt at Mayorship at the next election – you have my vote! 😉


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