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No Ballina commemoration for 11 November

Speaking on behalf of the Ballina RSL sub-branch, Dick Wills BEM has announced that there will be no public commemoration service in Ballina for Remembrance Day next month.

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Speeding traffic

In Suffolk Park there are a number of problems including getting out of Clifford Street onto Broken Head Road...

Jeff Johnson calls for generational change at Ballina

The next in our series of interviews with Ballina Council hopefuls for the December election features Cr Jeff Johnson, who is also nominating for mayor after thirteen years service on council.

Big Rob: ‘no comment’

The 2021 NSW Local Government elections will be held on Saturday, 04 December, 2021. Candidates have until noon on Wednesday, November 3 to register with the NSW Electoral Commission.

Dr COVID

The other day I met a Mullumbimby doctor. As I used to live in Mullum and Mullum was in...

Editorial: Jabby jab jab jabb

As of this week, NSW reached the double vaccination target of 80 per cent!

Teacher vax

Dear teachers and community members. I have recently received an email from within my school community that asks me...

Stories about "Joe Hockey":

Thus Spake Mungo: Inside the PM’s chum bucket

Our prime minister’s recent invocation of the chum bucket was a most unfortunate analogy. What he meant, apparently, is a bucket of blood and guts fishermen use to entice their prey. But as Labor pointed out, it can also be an appropriate metaphor for the Liberal Party itself.

Treasurer promises tax cuts and surplus

Treasurer Joe Hockey says the government can deliver tax cuts as well as a budget surplus in five years.

Thus Spake Mungo: Hockey’s budget hangover

Our ever cheerful Treasurer Joe Hockey reports that the reaction to his budget has been fantastic. Well, enjoy the party Joe, because all the signs are that the morning after hangover is going to be a doozy, writes Mungo MacCallum.

Hockey’s IGR forecasts based on magical thinking

The 2015 intergenerational report provides the clearest possible example of the maxim ‘garbage in garbage out’.The Treasurer is adamant that his first (and likely last) IGR shows what happens if you let Labor into government.

Thus Spake Mungo: the barnacles keep clinging

When, battered, bewildered and haggard, the coalition troops staggered back to their electorates after Tony Abbott’s year of achievement, there was just one shred of comfort: the beloved leader had finally back-flipped on his Paid Parental Leave scheme.

Hockey inflames the rich-poor divide

Mungo: Our increasingly irascible treasurer, Joe Hockey, has raised an old Liberal Party demon in his latest efforts to persuade the voters to control their nausea over his budget offering. His critics, he told a gathering of the elite at the conservative Sydney Institute, were indulging in class warfare.

Snake-oil salesmen sell budget and lies

For many, the enduring image of the 2014 budget will be the memory of Treasurer Joe Hockey and finance minister Matthias Corman sucking smugly on their cigars as they relaxed before unleashing their brutal budget on the fearful populace, writes Mungo MacCallum.

Let the market work its magic

Dave Lisle, Mullumbimby. For some time now we have been hearing the mantra that ‘the age of entitlement is over’. It’s Joe Hockey’s signature slogan because, at six words, it is too prolix for Tony Abbott. He prefers such concision as ‘stop the boats’, ‘axe the tax’, ‘ditch the witch’.

How to hallucinate a budget crisis

Even after 15 hours of surgery my recovery was not entirely beset by hallucinations. But given the amount of kites, balloons, smoke and mirrors emanating from the government about what will and won’t, might and mightn’t, be in the budget, it may as well have been.

Coalition hypocrisy? Abbott and Hockey in their own words

Cathy Alexander, Crikey deputy editor As Tony Abbott’s government prepares to hand down its first budget next month, there are surprise plans for a new...

COVID update: two new cases in Lismore and fragments in Byron’s STP

The Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir, today say that two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for the District to 8pm, 23 October.

Mutual obligation or mandatory vax?

There is much being said about the pros and cons of the vaccination. Do we? Don’t we? Must we? Must we not? But the answers...

Christian fundamentals

Robin Harrison’s letter (13 October) made me realise how Christian fundamentals are little known, yet so freely referred to. There are at least three...

A dumb act of STP

Council is stating that breaches of licence conditions, in part, justifies spending $10m on transferring raw sewage from Ocean Shores Sewerage Treatment Plant (OS...