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Extreme fire weather days in Australia have doubled

Extreme fire weather days in Australia have doubled, yet according to new research from an international team of scientists, including the CSIRO, extreme fire weather days have increased in Australia by 56 per cent over the last four decades.

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Dry July to help you and Our House

In July 2008, three mates, Brett, Kenny and Phil, wanted to take a break from alcohol, so decided to abstain for the month of July, coining it their 'Dry July'.

Australia to light the way with industrial-scale power

Big ideas are easy. Finding the big money and big names to back them is not. But a long-term plan to turn WA’s Pilbara into the largest renewable energy hub in the world has just taken a giant leap forward.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: To Hall and Back

There is something magical about a country hall. These small wooden buildings dot the landscape. They have a frugal modesty and an old fashioned generosity. If they had names they’d be called Thelma or Rose or Alan. They’re a pungent olfactory mix of last week’s wedding enmeshed with yesterday’s committee meeting. Curry and Jatz, tea and beer, tears and laughter.

Teen missing from Coffs Harbour

NSW Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenager missing in the Coffs Harbour area.

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.

ARTEXPRESS to visit Tweed Regional Gallery

Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre is one of only two regional venues exhibiting ARTEXPRESS 2022. The exhibition is an annual showcase of exemplary artworks from the HSC examination in Visual Arts in NSW.

The righteous outrage emanating from the western political class and its mass media over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine might suggest the collective West is fundamentally opposed to big strong countries attacking smaller weaker ones.

But recent history proves the United States and its vassals have no qualms committing aggression against impoverished defenceless nations. We’ve seen this over and over again, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Libya, in Syria, in Yemen, Lebanon and Palestine, in Somalia and Sudan.

The United States and its gang of thugs routinely violate international law and breach the UN Charter when they conspire to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity. They do this knowingly, wilfully and with contempt for the rights of others. They believe they’re entitled to behave this way any to their unassailable power and privilege. Only when their power and privilege is challenged by a peer competitor do they suddenly discover an appreciation for rights and fairness in international relations.

What purpose is served by the US quest for dominance in a nuclear-armed world? Why does Australia consistently and enthusiastically embrace America’s imperial foreign policy? Is there any advantage for our country or economy in picking a fight with our biggest trading partner and stoking tension in our region? The US and the UK don’t care about us, they never have, we’re just cannon fodder for their imperial agenda.

Australia should exit AUKUS and distance itself from the West’s warmongering juggernaut before we get sucked into the nightmare of a nuclear conflict. Gough Whitlam wanted to close the US spy base at Pine Gap and his successor, Malcolm Fraser, explains why in his remarkable book, Dangerous Allies, a ‘must read’ for anyone seriously interested in Australia’s geopolitical past and its future trajectory.

John Scrivener, Main Arm


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  1. I totally agree with this. We are trapped between the US block and the China block and we will be used as a football in the coming conflict.
    A certain amount of isolationism is required, we need to become independent again. Then we can institute a Swiss style policy of neutrality.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 6 July, 2022

Now showing at HOTA (Home of the Arts), Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada, that welcomed them all.

Developer fees and charges cut

Council fees for construction and development in Byron were the equivalent of paying $160 for a coffee, making it ‘entirely unviable’ to invest here, industry representatives told the Council last week.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: To Hall and Back

There is something magical about a country hall. These small wooden buildings dot the landscape. They have a frugal modesty and an old fashioned generosity. If they had names they’d be called Thelma or Rose or Alan. They’re a pungent olfactory mix of last week’s wedding enmeshed with yesterday’s committee meeting. Curry and Jatz, tea and beer, tears and laughter.

NSW Farmers: post-flood job losses are devastating

People need jobs if an area is to survive and many businesses have been crippled when successive major floods devastated the region earlier this year.