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Help Seabird Rescue help wildlife tomorrow night!

2022 marks thirty years since Lance Ferris established the charity Australian Seabird Rescue, rescuing pelicans in the Richmond River. Now it's time to celebrate and help ASR help local wildlife.

Leila’s off to Oxford!

Local high school student, Leila Clarke, was scrolling through social media when the advertisement popped up.

COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.

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We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’.

The First Fleet arrived (including my ancestors, Major Johnson and Esther Abrahams) without an invitation from the Indigenous inhabitants, and most certainly without a visa. For

the next 140–150 years everybody came here by boat – without an invitation from the First Nations people who had lived here for 60,000 years – and none of them had a visa. 

John Howard said ‘We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come’ yet his own ancestors came in boats, including a convict, William Tooley in 1816.

John Howard is a descendant of ‘boat people’. So is Peter Dutton. Without ‘boat people’ many of us wouldn’t be here.

Kate Smorty, Byron Bay

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2 COMMENTS

  1. the be fair, the country was colonised by the british under british law, and i haven’t seen any reparations for those actions, the current policy is australian law…

  2. This Land was invaded and claimed by the British under the lie of ‘Terra Nullius’. It took the Mabo case to dismiss the notion of ‘Terra Nullius’ and to establish ‘Native Title’ in Australian Law. The First Australians never sold this Land, never gave away this Land, the Land was stolen from them – hence the term, ” Always Was, Always Will Be.”

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