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Appeal to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from Mullumbimby.

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Save Wallum protectors escape fines, convictions

Seven Save Wallum protectors charged with locking on and obstructing civil works at the contentious urban development at Brunswick Heads had their cases dismissed in the Byron Local Court on Monday, with no fines and no convictions recorded.

Editorial – Just another unjust moment in history

Justice has been served and it’s a shit sandwich: whistleblower David McBride is now the first person to be sentenced to jail in Australia for reporting war crimes.

Cartoon of the week – 15 May, 2024

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First baby born at new Tweed Valley Hospital

The new Tweed Valley Hospital opened on May 14 at Kingscliff and it saw its first baby born that day at 8.53pm.

Mullum Road upgrade

Construction is expected to commence in December to improve the flood-prone Mullumbimby Road near Uncle Tom’s corner.

Bev knows how to make a boob of herself

Some women make you feel good about yourself right to your marrow. Bev Killick is one of those women. She’s not a cutesy storyteller, she’s our Phyllis Diller, a graduate of the bold and brassy school of stand-up, delivering a non-stop energetic set every time. As soon as she blasts her way on stage, you know you’re in for a treat.

The reopening of Australian ports to cruise ships took me back to my first cruise as a child of ‘ten pound Poms’ in 1958. Although I was only six, I remember our five weeks on the rusty old SS Orontes. Our family sweated across the equator and lay sleepless and nauseous as the ship tossed and groaned interminably.

The memories of our (in retrospect) slight discomforts come back to me when I think of the appallingly cruel live export trade, which sends millions of Australian sheep and cows on hellish journeys to Southeast Asia and the Middle East each year. These terrified animals are crammed onto ships many storeys high for a gruelling trip across thousands of kilometres in all weather extremes.

More than 2.5 million animals have died on live-export ships before reaching their destination, often from heat stress or starvation – they don’t recognise the pellets they’re given as food. Those who survive the excruciating journey are taken to filthy markets, where their throats are often slit while they’re still conscious.

If you oppose this unbearable suffering, please call or write to your federal politicians and let them know it’s well over time to stop live exports.

Desmond Bellamy, Special Projects Coordinator – PETA Australia

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  1. If they could compromise . Like less beasties per stall , over head sprayers and sprinklers , more attendants looking after them , any poorly beasts taken to a cool hospital area , even some kind of refrigeration stall set up. So you flick a switch and it cools it down . Pick the coolest time of year . There must be a smarter way of doing it. Malaya from the Qld gulf is not to far but Perth to Kuwait is a long way . It’s a great resource for all those wild cattle up north . With all our wild beasties , cattle , buffalo, horse, donkey , pig, goat, deer, there’s to many deer near Canberra , camels , every northern hemisphere beast seems to go good in wild Aus. Become a pest . The amount of damage a wild porker does is heart breaking . And the northern hemisphere people love our beasties Coz they’re cleaner than theirs . Less poisons , disease etc . …………. It’s a mindset as well. They’ve already got battery hens here. Battery cattle , battery pigs, . Just one step up to battery ships . A travelling pen.. It’s a hard ask to expect them to stop. Would be nice if it was all like babe the movie but it isn’t . The free range cattle have a much better life than where the greatest percentage of our meat comes from. Improve transport conditions .


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