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Cartoon of the week – 22 May, 2024

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

Further to T Sharples’ letter (Echo, May 1) Justine Elliot has never been a good representative for her electorate – she is obviously a person of steely ambition and as a result never disagrees with official Labor policies.

This is the person who told the residents of Feros Village that she was unable to help them.

She is also an ex-cop which engenders attitudes of moral self-righteousness and authoritarianism (just look at Peter Dutton).

When are federal Labor going to realise that if Tanya Plibersek doesn’t intervene in the Wallum dispute (and she has the power to do so) then Mandy Nolan is likely to be a shoe-in at the next election?

David Gilet, Mullumbimby

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  1. David, David, David, you make a lot of noise with little background info to back it up, it was actually Labor’s Justine Elliott and Rose Jackson who did a lot of background work to find another provider and resolve the Ferros issue. I would strongly suggest that you cease listening to Greens propaganda and stop making a fool of yourself.

    • Except of course it is our Keith, the ALP’s number 1 spin merchant, coming in with more background noise.

      It is the ‘unable to help’ Justine thinking that is the reveal.
      The Justine,was just happy to stay on the couch and let Feros shut shop, ‘unable to help’.
      It was the embarrassment to Justine of watching the ongoing and building community protest and Feros resident sit that shamed the Justine into finally getting off her couch and doing something. Yay Justine, in the trenches and leading from the front.

      And Keith, propaganda doesn’t come much better than the Justine with her full page spreader in the very fine pages of The Echo, $’s how many? paid for by taxpayers, telling us what a stonking good job she did.
      Making a fool of yourself, indeed Keith.

      • Sometimes political players don’t like to raise expectations before they know they can deliver. It’s sort of like the antithesis of big noting promises from those who KNOW they won’t be called on to deliver.

        Not only was the good outcome for Feros down to the work of Justine and Rose, it was also aided by the triumvirate of councillors we are constantly being urged to avoid by the Echo and contributors. Go figure!

      • And btw, I don’t really know but I reckon that the Labor Party pays for those ads. An expenditure they could put to better use I’m sure but there’s not a lot of free publicity to be found on these “independent” pages.

  2. So Peter you don’t like her because she is an ex cop, wow, talk about stereotyping. Has the ability to intervene in Wallum like the greens call for labor federally to enforce rental control, they don’t have the power constitutionally ( unless wallum has achieved world heritage listing).

    • Rod, refer yourself to an earlier story in the pages of The Echo –
      ‘More calls for federal intervention in Wallum estate plans’ By Mia Armitage, March 18, 2024

      You can read the full story at your leisure but I’ll quote three paragraphs that are relevant to the discussion –

      “The federal Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water is the authority in the case of the Wallum site, with Minister Tanya Plibersek in charge of overseeing the department.

      Environmentalists have been calling for Ms Plibersek to use her powers of intervention under the federal Environment and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act for months but the environment minister has so far said it wouldn’t be appropriate, suggesting the NSW government is the relevant authority.

      Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith last week said the two Labor governments were ‘passing the buck’ and the subsequent ‘black comedy’ needed to stop.”

      Team/s ALP to the rescue? Not a darn chance!


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