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Janelle Saffin holds the seat of Lismore

Janelle Saffin is in the lead for the seat of Lismore after yesterday's state election. Although preroll and postal votes are yet to be counted, it’s hard to imagine Saffin’s position changing.

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Over $61 million to fix flood damaged roads in Tweed

As the flood 2022 bills come rolling in for Tweed Shire Council (TSC) it has become apparent that almost half of the $125 million total repair bill will be spent on repairing landslides that have impacted access routes. 

Not a ‘bonanza for developers and land bankers’ as local councils lose planning controls?

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment were quick to respond to the article ‘A bonanza for developers and land bankers?’ published on 21 March 2023 on The Echo online ‘to correct the inaccuracies contained in your article’.

Voting guide to preferencing in the NSW lower house

The NSW election, to be held on Saturday March 25, uses optional preferencing in both houses of parliament.

Free Julian Assange rally in Lismore

Supporters of Julian Assange gathered outside Lismore Baths on Saturday, the 20th Anniversary of the Iraq war, to add their voice to those who would see the journalist free.

Green support SSF and free parking at Tweed Valley Hospital

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Adam’s second bite at the Lismore apple

The Greens candidate for the seat of Lismore, Adam Guise has run this race once before in 2015, where he gained a notable swing toward the Greens in the primary vote.

Do the Greens ever learn anything from history? All change is difficult, big change is very difficult, especially when a referendum is involved. 

To effect critical environmental and energy policy reform this progressive Labor government has to stay in majority power for a number of terms. To ensure the Coalition can’t wreck it again, radical minor parties can’t impose unrealistic demands, the lights must stay on, we must be able to pay for it and Aussie voters must not drown in massive energy bills. 

Failure to achieve any of these policy areas could be terminal, as powerful, well-financed conservative forces will fight to stop it. John Howard was able to take this country so far to the right and enact so many discriminatory policies that hurt so many Aussies because he managed to stay there for four terms. 

If the Greens have learnt anything from their disastrous decision back in 2009 to block Kevin Rudd’s CPRS in the Senate, which ultimately gave rise to Tony Abbott, Adam Bandt must rein in radical elements within the Greens, led by that disruptive and disrespectful ‘show pony’ Lidia Thorpe, who are recklessly threatening to derail the history-making referendum on the ‘Voice’ by insisting a treaty be negotiated first; that will only make it even more difficult to pass. 

Keith Duncan, Pimlico

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  1. Keith, you back trying to rewrite history again.

    You not happy with PM ‘Honest John’, well blame the enablers, the general Aussie voting public, who kept voting him in.
    You not happy with Tony Abbott becoming PM, well blame the enablers, the general Aussie voting public, who voted him in.
    Ex-PM Rudd’s CPRS fail, you really wanting to reheat Rudd’s dumping of his dud CPRS.

    Your anti-Greens phobia, an open raw nerve that causes you ongoing grief.
    Plenty of emotion there, “Adam Bandt must rein in radical elements within the Greens, led by that disruptive and disrespectful ‘show pony’ Lidia Thorpe.” In case you missed it, Lidia Thorpe resigned from the Greens on 6/2/23. Adam Bandt has no power over her.

    • No Joachim, I’ll leave the rewriting of history to you and the Greens, you are both much better at that than I will ever be; and it’s very obvious Adam Band never had any power over her and is still struggling to control the remaining disruptive element that are still rife within the Greens.

    • Resigned Joachim !! Should have been sacked
      By World record hypocrite Brandt.. dating a leading motorcycle gang member..whilst
      Presiding over national security… irrefutable
      Double standards …imagine if this had been
      Coalition politician in the same position Joachim?
      Brandt & co would have gone into meltdown
      Resign now … and it’s any wonder the Greens
      Max out at 9 % at election time…

      • Settle, Barrow, Settle.
        The Lidia’s action wasn’t a great look, but no lasting damage done.

        You might like to fact check your self on that “9%” and come back to us with the figures from 2022 election….calling the Barrow…


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