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Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.

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Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

Housing crisis and Council

Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby Population growth in this Shire is inevitable like it or not. Those who are being pushed out by...

Byron Bay wants Byron Baes to back off

Faster than speeding reality TV producer, members of the Byron community have swiftly mounted a multi-pronged attack against the proposed ‘influencer’ based Netflix show Byron Baes.

MardiGrass is on and Nimbin is ready to roll

The recent cancellation of Bluesfest sent a shiver up the spine of MardiGrass host Michael Balderstone, as visions of the same fate awaiting the annual protest at Nimbin came too close for comfort.

Government bullying and hidden agendas

Frank Ball, Tweed Heads The treatment of Christine Holgate while CEO of Australia Post is nothing short of scandalous. Not only...

Community land trust

Shane Sylvanspring, Mullumbimby I want to congratulate and applaud Cr Paul Spooner, Mayor Simon Richardson, and planning staff for supporting and...

Stories about "Medicare":

Payments to state government delayed by Lismore health workers

Inaction on security at the Lismore are Hospital has led to workers imposing bans on the processing of payments for Medicare and private health insurance claims by the Northern NSW Local Health District.

APS welcomes psych services for bush

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) yesterday welcomed the the federal government’s announcement that people living in isolated and rural areas will be able to...

Home visit doctors next on the chopping block?

Doctors performing home visits could be the next casualties of a government looking to find savings in the health budget, putting even more pressure on the region's overstretched emergency departments.

Medicare approves 30-minute breast cancer treatment

An innovative radiotherapy technique that has the potential to revolutionise the treatment of early breast cancer will become available and affordable for all eligible women under Medicare from today.

Medicare review ‘not a savings exercise’

Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced a wide-ranging review examining 5500 services subsidised by Medicare but she says it's not all about savings.

Medicare co-payment still on agenda

Health Minister Sussan Ley has met health advocates in Canberra to discuss the future of Medicare and the government's proposed co-payment.

No guarantee co-payment cash for research

There's doubts over whether money raised from a GP co-payment will go to a medical research fund, after the health minister declined to give a guarantee.

Thus Spake Mungo: blitzkrieg on public health care

One of the more irritating aspects of our frequently exasperating Prime Minister is that even when he does a back flip, he doesn’t do it properly.

Medicare works very well, families need it

Mrs Tani Shaw, Ocean Shores. We have a Medicare system which works remarkably well. Please keep it intact.

Soap Box #151: Woolies the healthcare people?

While taking her blood pressure on the run, Mandy muses whether a certain supermarket's foray into healthcare could herald a whole new era for Australian democracy.

Shenhua gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.

Pandemic plate lickers release lockdown dessert

The 2020 pandemic lockdown meant the entire entertainment industry was cancelled, but making music cannot be cancelled.

5MW solar farm funding under question

A 5MW solar farm proposed for Myocum, located near the Byron Resource Recovery Centre, poses a ‘high degree of risk’, and could jeopardise funding for other large Council infrastructure projects, according to a staff report, to be tabled at this Thursday’s meeting.

Tony Barry, Ben Chifley and FD’s Four Freedoms

Local actor-vist, Tony Barry, has taken on a lot since he moved to the Northern Rivers, and though cancer took one of his legs, Tony still manages to put in the hard yards for social, environmental and human rights causes.