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Aspirational political parties are judged on how they deliver dreams. Vision politicians are judged according to how many of their visions turn out to be mirages. The task is much harder for the ALP at a federal level than a party like the modern Liberals, who have no apparent aspirations apart from making rich people richer, and making poor people feel guilty for not being rich.
COTA Australia, the peak body for older Australians, say they welcome announcements by the ALP that will increase funding transparency, establish a General Duty of Care to protect residents and workers, and put bad providers in jail if they deliberately breach it.
With many in the Northern Rivers coming to terms with how much worse the already desperate housing crisis is after the floods, today the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Jason Clare, and Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, were in Mullumbimby to speak to Byron Shire Councillors about finding a way forward.
Cr Rod Bruem's first appearance in the Ballina Council chamber saw an attack on ALP candidates who narrowly failed to win seats in the recent local government election, with the councillor claiming it would be undemocratic for a countback to include 'rejected' Labor Party candidates if another councillor was unable to serve during the next 18 months.
‘A 45 per cent reduction target is fundamentally out of step with the action we need to take to avoid the worst of climate change,' says GetUps campaign director in response to Labor's energy policy.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow. Huge bribery corruption exposed in the oil industry including an Australian company. Liberals money-laundering Free Enterprise Foundation caught out and $4m withheld from NSW Libs– Arfa (I saw nuffink) Sinodinos remains coalition senior minister.
NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley has promoted a host of MPs from the class of 2015 into Labor’s shadow cabinet, taking the number of women in Labor’s shadow cabinet to nine – the highest number of female front benchers in the state’s political history.
Byron’s ‘pop-up’ Firefly Art Gallery is presenting the work of local First Nations artists in the upcoming Gulihl Art exhibition in Marvell Hall.
Promoting community awareness, assistance and support, for asylum seekers and refugees, the Pottsville Refugee Support Group recently hosted refugee and asylum seeker families from Logan at a fun day at the beach.
In early November two men were saved from drowning at Dreamtime Beach, Fingal Head when a women activated the Emergency Response Beacon, alerting the Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre that the men were drowning. There are three waiting to be deployed in Byron Shire.