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July 2, 2022

Election 2022

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Supply chain pain? Try localisation!

A community screening of Local Futures’ new film, 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', will be held today, Friday, July 1, at The Farm in Byron Bay from 6pm. Damon Gameau and Pacha Light will be joining Helena Norberg-Hodge for a discussion afterwards.

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No blame in this game

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The politics of gentrification and ‘holding the line’

Who are the visionary architects and planners that will protect and enhance this ramshackle surf town’s social fabric and built environment of Byron Bay?

Festival/Byron Council relations strained, motion passes

The operations manager of the Byron Music Festival says her attempts to run the event this year were cruelled by Byron Council staff, who allegedly provided organisers with false information and spoke to them like they were ‘idiots’.

Lismore City Council votes against land-swaps and buybacks

The Lismore City Council has voted against asking the federal government and NSW Northern Rivers Reconstruction Commission [NRRC] for prioritised land buybacks and swaps after devastating floods earlier this year.

Drains, floods, creeks

I was thankful for Duncan Dey’s input at the last Council meeting where two representatives spoke in public access...

Byron Council releases data on flood-affected biz

The first official data has been released following the devastating February 28 floods.

As we edge closer to the federal election, Australia, like most advanced middle-ranking economies is facing some headwind challenges that require government intervention (RBA), in our case rising inflation. This in turn will mean raising interest rates.

For most people, these developments will have far reaching consequences, in deciding which political party or independent candidate to vote for that represents their interests and the nation, amongst the blather of nonsensical promises and falsehoods, each from someone pushing their own agendas.

There is a smorgasbord of electoral issues that are confronting voters, all of which have degrees of relevancy and importance, while others are pure idiocy. 

Without any doubt, the unravelling climate emergency should be front and centre in most enlightened people’s minds.

On a personal day to day level, the necessities of affordable housing and rents, rising energy costs (fuel, electricity), and food top the lists, as rising inflationary pressures will only cause businesses to pass on costs to consumers in our market-driven economy, where the business model is genetically written for continuing increases in profitability.

On the other side of the ledger are stagnant, flatlining wages for working people, many of whom are in debt and have mortgages.

It should be abundantly clear that the current LNP federal government has been an enthusiastic advocate for businesses to expand and prosper at the expense of working people, who don’t share in the wealth they created, by legislating hostile anti-union laws, and penalties for unions taking certain types of non-sanctioned industrial action. It is a well-established fact that there is a correlation between a high-density unionised workforce and high wages.

This is by design, is not some aberration of justice, and goes some way to explaining the widening gap in social/income inequalities, and the changes to the workforce demographic with casualisation and underemployment, as insecure work becomes normalised.

We need to seriously take stock in making well thought out decisions as to who are worthy of our vote this election, besides considering our own self-interest and hip pocket.

This election will define our collective futures and has a lot riding on it.

To vote conservative is a vote against life and the planet.

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar

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  1. I’m far from being ‘confused’. It’s time we got rid of Morrison’s
    lies made up on the run. No joke; he’s in love with himself.

  2. Woe is me! Can’t even give the bugger the dream I’m concocting. I’m counting
    his lies as he rattles forth chucking the country’s loot at a home-made crocked
    self propelled [gotcha] stolen moon. Crafty, ain’t he?


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