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February 1, 2023

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$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

Other News

V-Day returns to Byron Bay, February 14

A mass global action, One Billion Rising, which aims to end violence against women and children, is planned for V-Day on February 14, Main Beach, Byron Bay from 7am.

Medicinal cannabis; a better way forward

For the first time ever, I am living my truths and no one is trying to hurt me because of it. This is a much better way. 

Cheeky Cabaret returns!

Following the Cheeky season is some incredible live music, including Ella Hooper: Small Town Temple tour, Libby O’Donovan – cabaret singer extraordinaire, Stella Donnelly: Flood Australian tour, Liz Stringer and William Crighton co-headlining in a powerhouse performance, and the house is thrilled to announce the fabulous Tim Rogers & The Twin Set coming in April.

Dr Philip Nitschke to visit Lismore

Controversial founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, Dr Philip Nitschke will hold a free public meeting on NSW’s new Voluntary Assisted Dying Act at the Lismore Workers Club on Saturday.

Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

We are hypocrites. We criticise other countries, China and Qatar for example, for perceived breaches of human rights when our own record is poor at best and that of our closest ally is woeful.

Our treatment of Indigenous Australians, including the disproportionate incarceration rates, weigh heavily on our human rights record. Our performance is shameful.

Australia’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers, including prolonged incarceration offshore and prolonged detention of children, were criticised by the UN Human Rights Council as were our prosecution and jailing of children as young as ten. In addition some of our military have apparently committed war crimes in Afghanistan. 

Our close ally the United States of America’s human rights breaches are numerous: some 8–10 million dead through their illegal wars, invasions, and sanctions plus many more millions wounded; numerous war crimes; use of chemicals in war (Agent Orange and depleted uranium weapons resulted in thousands of stillbirths and deformities); kidnapping and torture; indefinite detention without charge or trial; murder by drone; incitement of coups; and illegal collective punishment of entire populations (Venezuela being just one example). These are among the many grievous breaches of human rights routinely carried out by our ally. America is arguably the most violent, aggressive, and belligerent nation on Earth and probably the world’s worst human rights abuser. 

And yet we and America have the gall to criticise other nations’ human rights records. 

As it says in the Bible, ‘Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye’. [Matthew 7:5] We are this hypocrite. 

Foreign minister Penny Wong said that she raised human rights issues with China ‘consistent with our values’. What does ignoring America’s and our own human rights abuses while we criticise others’ say about these ‘values’? 

Warren Kennedy, Mullumbimby

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  1. I prefer ‘…and the truth shall make you free.’. There is more to the issues you raise, and the devil is in the details.


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Vale Professor Will Steffen – leading climate scientist

Leading climate scientist Professor Will Steffen has died of pancreatic cancer in Canberra at 75.

Oil spill on M1 near Byron, traffic backed up to Brunswick Heads exit

An accident on the M1 has brought southbound traffic to a standstill from the Brunswick Heads exit at Gulgan Road and Tweed Street.

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

V-Day returns to Byron Bay, February 14

A mass global action, One Billion Rising, which aims to end violence against women and children, is planned for V-Day on February 14, Main Beach, Byron Bay from 7am.