All Echo employees empathise with local News Corp employees who face an uncertain future.
There wasn’t space in other parts of the paper to cover all the important planning decisions that were made last Thursday by our glorious and courageous councillors.
Will the local governing class (Council) change their perception of ‘normal’ development? Presently, this community still faces the never-ending barrage of growth opportunities (ie strategies, plans and policies), which have been foisted upon us by the NSW government and Council planning staff.
What do bureaucrats do if they want to simplify complex planning laws? Create another one!
What’s your relationship with power and authority?
Society really doesn’t do science well. Being outraged is an easier achievement.
While a virus sweeps across the planet and through humanity, this Thursday in the Mullum chambers you will find a dedicated bunch of Council staff and elected councillors thrashing over contentious local planning issues. In varying degrees of abilities.
Not being able to socialise, or go to work, or be abroad for any but officially approved purposes certainly gives a body room to think.
Of course I wouldn't have the coronavirus! Right?
Around the country we have people lining up down the streets outside Centrelink offices, attempting social distancing, to ensure they don’t starve and lose their homes as they lose their jobs. One key government response should be to bring in the universal basic income.
If only critical and disciplinary thinking underpinned political and mainstream media discourse – like it does within the scientific community.
While there will surely be an afterglow of good will towards local National Party MLC Ben Franklin for securing the Shire $25m in road and infrastructure funding, it should be pointed out where his government is taking us when it comes to the energy sector.
The Wikipedia entry for feminism says: ‘Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define, establish, and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes’.
The local Green councillors you elected in 2016 have little interest in protecting or enhancing the environmental credentials of this region and do the bidding of wealthy developers, Council planning staff and the National Party.
The People’s Climate Assembly gathered outside Australia’s Federal Parliament on the first day of sitting, on 4 February ‘to make a stand against the ignorance of the Australian government, and to demand real action in the face of the climate change emergency.’
What makes a good leader? Perhaps one who surrounds themselves with others who hold a diverse range of expert views or even challenge the ideologies of that leader.
Every Australia Day, polarised humbug erupts from those who want to just wave a flag to celebrate their culture, and those who see that Aussie flag as a symbol of British genocide and invasion.
Everyone has a bias – it’s a natural human condition. It’s always a surprise to hear a political actor complain that The Echo is biased. The issue is really about fairness, not bias. Let's take holiday letting, like on Airbnb as an example...
So long as we keep burning oil to power our machines, we are at the mercy of rival powers in the Middle East, the richest being the Saudis, led by the murdering Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has a deal with the crooked Prince Trump of America.
‘Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third storey window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.’
When I was a kid there was no such thing as bottled water. Water lived in the tap. Everyone drank tap. You turned it on, and water came out. It still does apparently.
As one of many bushfire refugees in Australia and beyond this year, I was faced with that classic question – what do I take and what can be left behind?
We are in a crucial time of species extinction and destruction of our natural environment.
How do we prepare for the future of a new climate reality?
Young people who live in Byron Bay and surrounding towns lack one of the most important health services: mental health assistance.