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West Byron flooding

All east coast communities are now daily regularly warned by the ABC radio/TV, by the Bureau of Meteorology, to...

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Students in the dark about milk production

NSW Farmers says an Australian university study has discovered four in five primary school students have no idea how modern milk is produced.

Indigenous league carnival at the Cavanbah Centre

Local teams blitzed the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Spring Australian Open held at the Cavanbah Centre over the weekend. The...

Trampling of the graves of the murdered: reply to Will Liley

As I read Will Liley’s response to my article in dedication to my late uncle, I recalled the poem in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Clandestine in Chile:

Explore the macabre at Museum Up Late

The intriguing history of health, medicine and death will be the focus of a free, unique cultural experience at the Tweed Regional Museum on Saturday, complete with live music, a pop-up food stall and bar.

Call to halt approved Kingscliff developments over flood risks

Kingscliff locals fear that approved, but not yet built developments, will cause more intense flooding of existing houses in the future if the developments go ahead.

Frustrated train support

I gather Mr Clitheroe (comments on The Echo online: www.echo.net.au/rail-trail-option-to-be-explored) was present at Murwillumbah Railway Station on 24 September...

How good is it to see our new Labor government delivering on yet another election promise, and what a massive difference compared to previous Coalition deceit? 

The announcement of a Royal Commission into the disastrous and potentially life-threatening Robodebt fiasco by PM Albanese must have brought joy to the hearts of the thousands of vulnerable Australians who were snared in this human tragedy. 

How good is it going to be watching these former disgraceful Coalition ministers hauled before a Royal Commissioner, put under oath and made to ‘fess up for all the hurt and suffering they’ve caused? 

The Coalition insidiously orchestrated this illegal scam in 2015 when they transformed the existing income data-matching process to an automated system, therefore removing all human oversight by Centrelink staff before debt notices were issued, and placing the onus squarely on the welfare recipient to prove their innocence. 

Even after thousands of complaints by aggrieved Australians, numerous suicides linked to this horrendous scam, and the scheme finally being ruled illegal in 2019, Centrelink continued to pursue unlawful robodebts until May 2020. This monstrous debacle was undoubtedly the brain-child of the Coalition and heads need to roll. 

In Richmond we are so very lucky to have Justine Elliott as part of a Labor government that always defends the rights of vulnerable Australians.

Keith Duncan, Pimlico


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Odd row of lights

Just following up the letter from Sarah Smith in the August 31 issue. It was a Starlink satellite train. My webcam captured the scene. Michael...

Trampling of the graves of the murdered: reply to Will Liley

As I read Will Liley’s response to my article in dedication to my late uncle, I recalled the poem in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Clandestine in Chile:

Murwillumbah mega-school merger public meeting on Monday

Opposition to the merger of the four Murwillumbah Schools, which includes two primary and two high schools, remains strong. Monday will see Leader of the NSW opposition MP Chris Minns and local MP Janelle Saffin joining concerned parents, students and community members at a town hall meeting in Murwillumbah on Monday at 5.30pm.

Byron Council looking at rain damage

Byron Shire Council says they have staff out and about across the Shire today assessing damage from the rain.