It’s official – most Australian adults use recreational drugs. In 2016 around 42 per cent of the population used alcohol weekly or more often and 10 per cent used cannabis.
Neg can be an abbreviation of either negative or negligible, both terms the vociferous critics from left and right have used to denigrate Malcolm Turnbull’s masterwork in progress.
US media giant CNN has caught up with the global increase in people living alone, a year or two after it made news in the rest of the world.
Young Americans are preparing to sue governments across all representative levels for failing to act on climate change earlier.
It took a drought and some deep reflection to turn farmer and author Charles Massy from a conventional farmer to one of the leading thinkers in regenerative agriculture today. Here Charles is in conversation with local food activist Kate Walsh from Real... Read More →
The Speaker raises his shaking hand/ And no-one speaks in that dusty band/ His throat a desert moaning makes/ To tell the news they all must face.
Founding editor Nicholas Shand returned from his long-service leave at the end of March, 1996. He was highly amused at the comic opera scenario playing out in Council, and at The Echo’s unavoidable central role in it.
I have never really understood the fuss society makes about women’s breasts. In one instance they are displayed in lacy bras on billboards or pertly at attention in magazines where they are overly sexualised, coveted and adored, and on the... Read More →
State government cabinets around the country will meet today to finalise positions on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) before Friday’s CoAG meeting.
Parrots are often called the primates of the bird world. They are intelligent, playful and determined, grasping and changing their world using their feet and beaks like hands holding scissors.
I’ve come about as east as I can go in this wide browning land. No, I’m not in Byron, which is a bit more east than here (and as far east as you can go without getting your thongs wet). I’m in Burleigh on the Gold Coast (where it’s easier to get a park).
When in February 1996 Fast Buck$ obtained a file that described a developer in Byron Bay obtaining preferential treatment from Council, he published an advertisement in The Echo headed, ‘Something stinks at Hog’s Breath’.
I just love people I’ve never met making decisions about my wellbeing. Especially when I’m not consulted. My Health Record is the latest gift from Big Brother, or should we call him Big Doctor?
They are a swift, slender snake growing to 1.5 metres in length – except here in the northern rivers where the world’s biggest Eastern Browns can reach 2.7 metres.
Actions that could harm the ‘reputation’ of the government on matters political, ecological or economic can now be prosecuted as serious national security offences.
We have now had a chance to review the final NEG design sent to COAG energy ministers this week.The bad news for the clean energy industry is that the restrictive and discriminatory features have not been addressed.
So no changes to the parliament, no real effect on the government, no early election and no leadership spills. Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten can forget their immediate concerns and go back to what they do best – abusing each other.
By the election of September 1995 most people had had enough of Cr Ross Tucker and his crew. Although at that stage the evidence of the colossal mismanagement of Council’s planning and finances had yet to emerge
I have driven south from Carnarvon Gorge to this town on the border. The road was good but the land is sick. My time at Carnarvon Gorge has reminded me that brown rivers and scorched earth is not the way it needs to be.
Last week an Uber driver ran over my daughter. She only gave the driver one star. Zero stars and ‘Driver ran me over’ wasn’t an option. It happened like this…
Even UK steel billionaires get the blues. For more than a year now, Sanjeev Gupta has been letting his actions – and investments – do the talking on renewables in Australia.
At last the fateful day is looming – the interminable campaign for the five by elections no-one wanted (except, of course, the media) is finally coming to a climax. Or, in the case of at least two of them, an anti-climax.
As the Club Med battle described in the previous episode approached its climax, the leader of Council’s conservatives, Ross Tucker, decided on a diversion.
‘Can we have lunch now?’ the kids say, pulling faces as they flop onto the wooden seats that line the boardwalk in front of the sandstone wall where the Aboriginal art stretches for at least 15 metres.
According to Malcolm Turnbull, sometimes the best freedom in the world is actually having none. It’s so wonderful being ‘Free… of being Free’.