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Unions meet with Norco over staff stand down

With flood-ravaged Norco in Lismore under scrutiny the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union, and the Electrical Trades Union met with management on Thursday to discuss the company’s plans for its Lismore ice cream factory.

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Time is up for business as usual on biodiversity

The North Coast Environment Council says it’s about time we had a Prime Minister who understands there is a biodiversity crisis and who is prepared to make a public global commitment to reversing biodiversity loss.

Putting your ‘Queen’ money where your mouth is

I've never felt much either way about the Queen. I've never held her in as much disdain as I've held some of our prime ministers, and never held her in as much esteem as I have held, for example, Uncle Archie Roach.

Want to save the koala? Slow down and keep your dogs inside

At least 30 koalas have been hit by cars or attacked by dogs across the Northern Rivers since mid-July and Friends of the Koala and Tweed Council are calling for people to slow down and contain their dogs overnight.

Plastic recycling to be turbocharged in NSW

The NSW Government says more plastic will be recycled and turned into new products across the state, thanks to $9 million in funding to support businesses transform their operations and access the latest plastic recycling technology.

Mangroves keep carbon in the soil for 5,000 years

Marine forests are great long-term carbon sinks. In fact, according to new research on a Mexican mangrove forest, they can keep carbon out of the atmosphere for millennia.

Will degrowth be forced upon us?

For decades, we have been engaged in the old cold war battle between capitalism and communism.

I appreciate Louise Doran’s (31 August) and anyone else’s passion for getting trains back on the 1894 Murwillumbah to Casino line. But it’s time to move on. Historically, ALP’s Bob Carr was in political trouble over railway strikes and rail inefficiencies and couldn’t get federal funding. So they closed the line in 2004.

A lot has developed since then transport-wise. Not in Australia though. Big in Europe and Asia are electric scooters, bikes, mopeds and cars. I like trains too. I’ve been on trains in Cuba, Thailand, the zigzag railway near Lithgow, and even the cute electric tourist train in Byron. I recently travelled on the 300kph Stuttgart-to-Paris train, trains in Switzerland and France, and under the Channel to England. All of them were fast, on time and full of people.

Moving along, say to about 2050, we will have renewables-powered, superspeed recycled-plastic-and-cardboard driverless monorails running all around Australia. I will join the committee to lobby for this economical service that has ‘paying customers and not just pensioners with free tickets,’ as Bob Carr sort of stated.

Let’s have bike and trail paths for now, and the monorail when we’ve raised the necessary $10 billion from the (to quote Louise): ‘Locals [who] want a train service.’ How hard can that be?

And, in summary, almost, with John Cleese’s words: ‘That parrot train line is dead. It is no more. It is not resting. It is deceased.’

Raphael Lee Cass

Byron Bay

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