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Tweed development wave continues with $5.2m unit block proposal for city centre

Developers are proposing to build a $5.2m apartment complex near the centre of Tweed Heads as the recent wave of development applications in the town continues.

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Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Climate is About People

What scares you more? The impact of warming by 1.5 degrees that results in drought, famine, heat stress, species die-off, loss of entire ecosystems and habitable land and 100 million people being thrown into poverty? Or a hundred or so activists in a kayak?

Move Beyond Coal turning up heat on government

Move Beyond Coal says it will be staging protests at Labor MP offices around the country over the next week to 'turn up the heat' on the government to stop approving climate-wrecking coal and gas projects.

$15 million to subsidise habitat destruction?

The recently-released NSW Forestry Corporation’s annual report, which shows that taxpayers will again be asked to spend $15 million to subsidise native forest logging, has today been labelled ‘a damning indictment on our state’.

Truth-telling beyond the Voice referendum

In order to transcend the disappointment of the Voice referendum, many political and Aboriginal leaders are focusing on ‘truth-telling’.

Ballina takes lead with anti-DV rally

More than five hundred people have rallied on the Northern Rivers along with thousands across the country calling for an end to domestic and family violence.

Teens call for youth housing support, better transport

Local youth representatives have told Byron Shire Council that young people need their own housing advice service to help them navigate the shire’s treacherous housing market.

The silence is deafening. Where are the Australian journalists who should be afraid of the latest development in the extradition case by the USA against Julian Assange? 

The lower court denied the US Julian’s extradition on the grounds of the state of his mental health, fearing he would commit suicide if taken to the US and sentenced to up to 175 years in jail in high security jails. On appeal by the prosecution to the UK High Court, the US gave assurances to the two judges that Julian would not be subject to harsh punishment in the US – which were accepted at face value by the judges. 

The problem is the US is notorious for breaking verbal promises on extradition cases – and indeed on political issues. Remember the assurances US Secretary of State Baker and President Bush gave to Soviet leader Gorbachev re NATO expansion; and what really happened? 

If the US are able to get this extradition it means anyone, anywhere, who reports on or publishes articles deemed to have violated US laws, even though the person is not a US citizen nor having been on US soil, the US can jail them in the US. This is a dangerous precedent! 

Full marks to Barnaby Joyce for speaking out. Scott Morrison needs to get involved as does ALP parliamentary leadership. Just imagine if China or Saudi Arabia wanted to extradite an Australian journo? The reaction would be huge! Why is America different?

Frank Ball, Tweed Heads

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