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March 27, 2023

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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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We all live in a magic submarine…

Several commentators have remarked that, while the mainstream media is locked in furious agreement with the government over AUKUS and the trillion dollar submarines (a guess at the final price tag), social and independent media are telling quite a different tale.

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.

 Uki Refugee Project and Mt St Pat’s join forces for refugees

The Mount Saint Patrick College in Murwillumbah held an assembly of 850 students, teaching staff and members of the Uki Refugee Project to officially open their new sports house called Romero House – in honour of Saint Romero.

Solé’s on a mission to help local dingoes

A local advocate wants to tear down the myths about dingoes, and stop their treatment as wild dogs, which she says they are not.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Vape Culture

Tobacco companies are in your home and in your school. They are quite possibly in your kid’s school bag. They have their sights set on your children; your precious kids are their future. They need to groom your babies into addiction so that their shareholders can continue to suck in their grubby toxic profits. The lips of the tobacco industry are on the soft fleshy cheeks of your babies and they are sucking hard. They are vaping the life out of your kids.

Political cosplay for fun and profit

Costume play is not just for Trekkies and Disney fans. If you want to get anywhere in Australian politics, cosplay needs to become a vital part of your skillset.

The people of the Northern Rivers of NSW stopped the unconventional gas industry at Bentley because they knew it was bad for their health and the environment (Planet Watch: the madness and corruption of unconventional gas, The Echo, 14/7/2020). In 2023, the Greens are still trying to stop new coal and gas projects and they are not alone.

The International Energy Agency’s 2021 Flagship report Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector clearly stated that: ‘Beyond projects already committed as of 2021, there are no new oil and gas fields approved for development in our [net-zero 2050] pathway, and no new coal mines or mine extensions are required.’ This was confirmed in its World Energy Outlook 2022 report.

Despite this advice, there are 114 new coal and gas projects in Australia’s investment pipeline and an analysis by the Australian Parliamentary Library estimates those projects in total ‘have the potential to create 2.5 times Australia’s domestic emissions each year’.

Many are fearful of the environmental and cultural effects of these projects on their land. The NSW Department of Planning received 23,000 submissions relating to the Narrabri project, for example – the most ever received on a major resource project. Less than 500 were in support.

If we don’t stop opening new fossil fuel projects now, when will we? The Greens need praise for their stand.

Ray Peck, Hawthorn, Vic

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  1. China just approved another dozen mega coal fired plants on top of the dozen they just built. Maybe they know something you don’t.

  2. NO New Fossil Fuel Adventures, it is what the Science / IPCC has been telling us if we want to limit increased global warming and the damaging impacts that comes with it.

    • You should go listen to the panelists that quit/spoke out after the report was published. They unwittingly participated, not realising what the IPCC actually is and how the process works. Then when they spoke out, they were surprised by what happened to them next. People such as yourself are given the most out there/highly unlikely end of the graph to repeat as a certainty and fact. You’re very helpful to the climate hustlers to get people to buy their green crap at great expense to replace stuff that we already own and already works. Like pushing the latest Iphone.


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Will Provest win the Tweed seat over Elliot?

It appears that Tweed MP Geoff Provest will retain the seat of Tweed but there are still plenty of votes to be counted.

Tamara Smith returned to Ballina’s Greens seat

Last night a packed Suffolk Park Hotel exploded with cheers at around 8pm when the ABC broadcast computer popped up a Green result for Ballina and the return of Tamara Smith to the seat she has held for the last eight years.

Rosebank’s Rainbow Temple referred to the Land & Environment Court

Lismore City Council say they have referred the Rainbow Temple in Rosebank to the Land & Environment Court after the owner repeatedly declined to submit a Development Application and associated documentation for the development.  

Solé’s on a mission to help local dingoes

A local advocate wants to tear down the myths about dingoes, and stop their treatment as wild dogs, which she says they are not.