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My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations...

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My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations...

Interview with Dan Willis

Dan Willis brings Best of British back to the Byron Comedy Festival. It was a sellout last year, with the audience confirming it as one of the favourite shows of the program. Dan is back – this time with Rory Lowe and John Flynn, and spoke with The Echo…

Poor Pauline

Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton A lot of hypocrisy from Labor and The Greens about respect for women. Look at the treatment...

NSW coal power stations still emitting dangerous levels of air pollution

New National Pollutant Inventory data shows that toxic air emissions from the state’s coal-fired power stations fell 15% in the year to June 2020, but they are still among the most polluting industrial facilities in NSW.

Refugees to benefit from Palm Sunday rally

Refugees living in Brisbane on final departure visas will directly benefit from donations made at the recent Ballina Region for Refugees Palm Sunday rally.

Can you help this local family find a home?

A local couple whose much-loved baby boy was taken away by government officers and then returned is asking the community for help in finding space on a property to park their mobile home.

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Whitlam’s biographer, Jenny Hocking, speaks at Politics at the Pub March 27

One of Australia’s leading political biographers and academic commentators on terrorism laws will speak at the Mullumbimby Courthouse Hotel on March 27.

The Dismissal Dossier

In The Dismissal Dossier Professor Jenny Hocking exposes the definitive story of the dismissal of Gough Whitlam’s Labor government bringing together a mixture of the unknown, the overlooked and the clandestine.

Thus Spake Mungo: Day of infamy recalled

Charles and Camilla wafted into Australia last week, to be greeted by rapturous applause by the usual suspects. As the ageing heir and his second wife preened and postured for the well-drilled spectators the royalists gushed, led by their self-appointed leader David Flint, a comedic courtier whose silliness is only exceeded by his vanity.

Thus Spake Mungo: Fraser’s legacy will be remembered

If Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser had to die, it seemed only appropriate that they should do so within a few months of each other.

CIA did have a hand in Gough’s dismissal

Phillip Frazer, Coorabell. After enduring his two minutes with Bob Carr, Hans Lovejoy quotes the imperious ex-premier saying: 'Whitlam himself said he didn't think it [the dismissal] was anything to do with the US.'

Thus Spake Mungo: treasuring memories of Gough

Last week’s magnificent memorial service for Edward Gough Whitlam provided many wonderful moments: sublime music, uplifting oratory, arresting insights, Whitlamesque wit and humour and heartfelt appreciation of how much was done, and how much could have been – and how much is still to do.

Thus Spake Mungo: Gough respected our constitution

As numerous eye-glazing speeches could attest, Gough Whitlam was a great lover of the constitution and the parliament.

Whitlam would have been a Green today

One thing Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser came to agree on later in life is that both major parties have swung markedly to the Right. The rise of the Greens is partly an expression of this; they have occupied the ground that post-Whitlam Labor vacated.

Gough too big for those little shock jocks

Nick Mills, Eureka. The shock jocks are out in force already in steely determined to desecrate the memory of arguably one of Australia's most important PMs.

RIP Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam is remembered more for the agony of the dismissal than for the many great achievements his government wrought in a mere three years, writes Mungo MacCallum.

Inspector condemns prisoner health services

In the forward to the Inspector of Custodial Services Report published last month, Fiona Rafter Inspector of Custodial Services says that the provision of health services to inmates in New South Wales custodial facilities is a complex and challenging responsibility.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

Dead rats in the Byron bubble?

Poppa Veet Mayo, Main Arm Am I the only one who can smell a dead rat in this bubble called the Byron Shire? Hear it happened...

Linen SHIFT project urgently needs new home

With a vision to disrupt the cycle of women’s homelessness, the Linen SHIFT project was born to provide unique individual support and education for at-risk women in a safe residential environment, but today they they have been forced to close.