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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Ben Hamilton riding for kids with cancer

Ballina man Ben Hamilton is riding his bike 500km to help young kids with cancer.

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

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Suffolk Park pump track

Jinesh Attard, Suffolk Park Many in the local community of hillside Suffolk Park have come to understand the impact the pump...

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...

Rape, the law, and naming the man responsible

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

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Thus Spake Mungo: Foley trumps Turnbull as the media highlight

Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean people don’t hate you. It sometimes seems that Malcolm Turnbull is being pursued by that old Al Capp character Joe Btfsplk, who brought bad luck to everyone near him.

Thus Spake Mungo: Malcolm muddles offstage

In the end Malcolm Bligh Turnbull left the office just as he managed it – in appeasement, denial, dithering, procrastination, bluster, bravado, resentment and eventual capitulation.

Hard work, jobs and tax breaks for the rich – Happy New Year

Malcolm Turnbull’s New Year resolution is apparently to update his slogan – jobs and growth is so 2017, and thus is ready for a rejig.

Thus Spake Mungo: Abbott’s colliers burn Finkel’s plan

Tony Abbott is winning. Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s report on energy is not yet dead, buried and cremated, but Abbott and his gang of avid colliers have already left it struggling on life support.

Thus Spake Mungo: Malcolm Turnbull’s power play

Having been rabbiting on for weeks about energy, Malcolm Turnbull has finally managed to summon up a little for himself. True, his big announcements about gas and hydro last week were more sound and fury than action. But at least he can say that he is being seen to be doing something. That’s a start.

Thus Spake Mungo: Tony Abbott’s vanity project

For most of the time, it hadn’t been a bad week for Malcolm Turnbull. For starters, it was a non-sitting week, which meant that he didn’t have to spend much public time with the bumblers, urgers and saboteurs sitting around him on the government benches.

Malcolm wipes smile off Barnaby’s face

Bruce Apps, Townsend, NSW.  It is now four days after the attack by the prime minister upon opposition leader Bill Shorten in Question Time and...

Thus Spake Mungo: Bye bye Bernardi

In less exciting times, many in the Liberal Party – probably most – would have viewed the defection of Cory Bernardi with more relief than dismay. Understandably, they regard the South Australian senator as a royal (or at least monarchist) pain in the arse.

Thus Spake Mungo: Trump trumps Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull declares determinedly that he is not a political animal. Well, perhaps not: maybe he is a political vegetable, silent and immobile, fed on copious amount of bullshit. It is hard to imagine a week that went so far off the rails, or one in which the management of hope and expectation went so awry.

Thus Spake Mungo: Turnbull’s alternate reality

Perhaps emboldened by the Trumpery of alternate facts, Malcolm Turnbull spent most of last week spruiking an alternate Trans Pacific Partnership.

Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.