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Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have...

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Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

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Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

M1 closed both directions at Yelgun

Traffic is currently at a standstill between Ocean Shores and Crabbes Creek on the M1 Pacific Highway following a truck crash at around 7am this morning.

TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures and that almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs will be slashed.

Nimbin medicinal cannabis event, March 27

Two experienced medical cannabis doctors and a retired magistrate who is passionate about changing the drug driving rules will take part in the MEDICAN gathering in Nimbin.

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

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MP calls for urgent review of bypass process

An urgent review of the environmental approvals by the NSW planning department with the Byron Bypass project has been requested in parliament by recently re-elected Greens NSW MP Tamara Smith. 

Thus Spake Mungo: Where’s Scottie?

Scott Morrison, his office informs us, is taking a short break – off to the country for a bit of biking, boating and fishing. But not shooting; the image of our easy-going prime minister with a lethal weapon in his hands might send the wrong message.

Fix NBN, youth unemployment: Page’s ALP candidate

Successful Labor candidate for the seat of Page, Casino resident Patrick Deegan, may not have had the high profile of his fellow contender but what he does have in spades is a passion for helping the disadvantaged.

Apparent failure to vote

Greg Denford, East Ballina. Today I received a letter from the AEC dated 29 November 2013 headed ‘Apparent failure to vote’. I was one of the first dozen voters to vote at Ballina High School.

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.

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.

Coalition to win, but a late surge to minors

Tony Abbott is set for a comfortable win in Saturday's election, but his lead has been clawed back by a late shift toward the minor parties, the final pre-election Essential Research poll shows.

How the Senate system is gamed

David Lovejoy has a final say on the Senate preferencing issue. My online article last week  met with some harsh criticism, some of it...

ALP pledges cash for teeth

As the federal election campaign moves towards the pointy end, and with Labor’s fortunes sliding at the polls, Page MP Janelle Saffin yesterday promised...

Greens win debate hands down

What a lacklustre election with little imagination, enthusiasm or foresight shown by either Abbott or Rudd. A biased national media election campaign, funded predominantly by...

Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It's very misleading for the Byron Shire Echo to repeatedly give Ben Franklin free media coverage,  as in the article about the Mullumbimby...

A little bit of COVID…

Mandy Nolan has stated in The Echo, ‘For 30 years I’ve fought to give a voice to the voiceless in our community, now I’m...

Democracy

Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise of democracy, do take the...

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

David Heilpern tackles key questions relating to the allegation of rape by a cabinet minister.