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Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

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Cartoon of the week – 5 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

Love flowers at the market

As mothers across Australia look forward to (slightly burnt) toast in bed, the local farmers and producers in our...

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Create the opportunity for everyone to follow their dreams

Local dance group Sprung!! is an integrated dance theatre that has built a community program that creates space for...

From go to whoa – Norco Primex expo covers it all

Norco and Primex are bringing a three-day sustainable farming and primary industry expo to you.

Independent wants to be Byron’s new mayor

Independent Byron Shire Councillor Basil Cameron has announced his candidature for Mayor.

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Community legal centres face closure after federal cutbacks

Community legal services across the north coast will cease providing vital support services in July following savage budget cuts from the federal government unless they are reverse in the upcoming May budget.

The rich piddling on the poor

Colin Cook, Bangalow. Three of the four professors of economics on the ABC’s Q&A declared that Australia does not / did not have a budget emergency – and the fourth professor could not find a good word for the Hockey budget.

Liberal budget claims misleading

Garth Luke, Mullumbimby. Tim Harrington says that the previous government wasted hundreds of billions of dollars but doesn't provide any evidence for this statement. Just because Liberal supporters repeat this claim does not make it true.

Fraudulent theory

David Gilet, Byron Bay. The federal budget is based on the trickle-down theory of economics – whereby the rich are stimulated by tax cuts and other concessions in the hope that they will increase spending and thus ultimately advantage those less well off.

Increasing economic inequality

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar. Today Britain still bears the Thatcher legacy and irrespective of whoever is in government, all are wedded to the neoliberal economic, political agenda: privatisation of public assets and further deregulation.

Elliot responsible for unfair budget

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head. Justine Elliot needs to come to grips with the acceptance that the hundreds of billions of dollars absolutely wasted by her and her fellow former government members over a six year period from 2007 to 2013 have created the budget problems that necessitated expenditure cutbacks.

Soap Box #148: Bludgeoned by the Budget

Mandy farewells that true blue Aussie, that fallen comrade in Tony Abbott's Australia - A Fair Go.

Labor will fight the National Party’s unfair budget

Justine Elliot, Member for Richmond.This week in the Federal Parliament National Party members voted to cut age pensions, disability support pensions, veterans’ pensions and carer payments. The National Party also voted to increase petrol prices with their unfair petrol tax.

Councils support Tweed motion to continue concessions

This week's national conference of local governments has adopted an urgent motion from Tweed Shire Council urging the federal government to abandon plans to scrap rates concessions for pensioners and Seniors Card holders.

From D Day to B Day for Tony

Could Tony Abbott seriously be considering following in Gough Whitlam's footsteps and calling a double dissolution to pass his budget bills? Mungo MacCallum considers what might happen if he did.

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered in this week’s Council Ordinary meeting. The...

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’ energy projects, including 264 million...

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Linnaeus Estate DA raises residents concerns

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.