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Major parties fail to respond to ‘war on drugs’ questions

Nimbin’s HEMP Party is urging voters in the Page and Richmond electorates to vote for The Greens in the House of Representatives after receiving no reply from the Nationals and Labor to questions related to ‘the war on drugs’.

666 apprenticeships lost in Page electorate: Saffin

The number of apprenticeships in the Page electorate has fallen by 31.5 per cent in two years, according to Federal Department of Education figures. Federal Labor candidate for Page Janelle Saffin said the drop in numbers equated to 666 apprenticeships, with the figures replicated across Australia.

New govt must address north coast youth unemployment

The next federal government must address the youth unemployment crisis in the Page electorate, which has left 21.6 per cent of young people out of work, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Qld Labor in government a different story

Christopher Macfarlane, Ocean Shores. I am stunned and appalled that after just 25 days in government, the Labor Party has announced a deal with coal billionaires Adani to dredge and expand the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef.

Foley’s promise to ban cable logging welcomed

Environmentalists have welcomed the announcement from NSW Labor leader Luke Foley, that if elected premier he will ensure that cable logging on extremely steep slopes will not be introduced but have lamented that the coalition plans to plough ahead with it,.

Nationals support for CSG is ongoing

Jeff Johnson, Independent candidate for Ballina. On the important local issues the Nationals have let the community down. Their ongoing support for coal seam gas (CSG) mining in the northern rivers proves that they no longer represent the community.

Rail trail ok, but corridor must be preserved

Paul Spooner, Labor candidate for Ballina. The rail trail is an excellent initiative that should benefit both locals and tourists, and I think it will be well frequented. But we shouldn’t rip up the existing train lines to make the corridor solely a bike trail.

For a gasfield-free region, put Nationals last

Brigid Beckett, Alstonville. As a voter in the Ballina electorate I received a flyer headed 'CSG we don't want it here'. Turning it over I was gobsmacked to see that it was promoting the Nationals, who are the party who last December renewed the license for the largest PEL in the region. It includes the area of Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin and Woodburn and covers the water catchments of Byron Bay and Ballina.

Vote Green for statewide CSG ban

Tamara Smith, Greens candidate for Ballina. Last week, major mining firm AJ Lucas moved to buy coal seam gas licences in the northern rivers and other parts of NSW for $2.5 million. It's an ominous sign for our community.

We don’t have to spend $50m to rip up rail line

said Jeff Johnson, Independent candidate for Ballina. $50 million to rip up our rail line is unacceptable while the need for improved public transport grows.

Labor promises $40m high school for Pottsville

The NSW Labor opposition has made a bold pitch for support from Tweed Coast communities at the upcoming election with a pledge to build a new $40 million high school at Pottsville which for years locals have campaigned for.

Farmers dump manure on Nationals’ gas plan

A contingent of northern rivers farmers has delivered bags of manure to the office of Lismore MP Thomas George, and are now on their way to Nationals campaign office in Ballina.

Dart sells north coast CSG licence

The NSW Labor opposition’s promise to ban coal seam gas (CSG) on the northern rivers and not pay compensation to miner Metgasco for cancelling its exploration licence has riled the company’s managing director.

Entertainment Roundup

A true OzRock icon and distinguished member of the ARIA Hall of Fame, Russell Morris is one of Australia’s most enduring performers, and just one of the great acts playing over the weekend in the northern rivers.

The Arts & Artist In Focus

 Artist In Focus Laura Targett – mother, musician, fourth-generation artist and self-confessed ‘art-nerd’ – first exhibited in the Ocean Shores Art Expo in 2006 as...

Election no CSG mandate

Chris Anderson, Byron Bay. Though hardly surprised to read yet another tiresome anti-Green rant by John Vaughan, his take on the facts cannot go unchallenged.

Here & Now #20

Today, I'm wearing a toga. Well, it's not really a toga. It's a sarong, which I have draped over one shoulder as well as around my waist, but I'm in a Roman frame of mind since the election, so... it's a toga.

A better way to vote for the Senate

The Senate-voting was a bit of a shambles. Here are three ways to improve Senate-voting procedures: 1: Do not force voters to number every square...

Coalition set to slash regional funding

Nationals leader Warren Truss has confirmed that, if elected, the coalition will abolish the $2.5 billion Regional Development Australia Fund, slashing the money available for regional development projects by almost two thirds.

Fraser accuses ALP of ‘media control’

Nationals Richmond MP Matthew Fraser falsely accused sitting member Justine Elliot of controlling local media at last night’s Richmond candidates forum, to the disgust of many in the audience.

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

On the ground work assists evicted women 

We know the region has some of the highest rents, and highest housing costs in Australia. We all know that this has virtually eliminated affordable housing. We hear the stories of women and children being evicted, of couch surfing and living in cars.

What do the Tweed Council candidates stand for?

The final day of voting for your local Tweed Shire Councill candidates is Saturday 4 December at a venue near you.

Today is International Day of People with Disability

This language trend around People With a Disability has tended to emphasise the disability rather than the person, which can lead to derogatory labelling, depersonalisation or impersonal, collective references.