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Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

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Water strategy

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The people of Mullumbimby would be aware that Byron Shire Council (BSC) intends to hand over...

Any questions?

‘This is a great chance for foodies to ask me anything they want’, says local chef Darren Robertson, who...

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op...

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

False impressions

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I was under the impression that, upon the mayor resigning, the deputy mayor would automatically get the...

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We must face the threat within – AG

'My fellow Australians, our country stands on the brink of a danger so perilous, so over-arching and all-encompassing, that I hardly know how to describe it.' – guest columnist Attorney-General George Brandis

Senate to continue debating metadata laws

Senators will debate proposed crossbench changes to metadata laws today, with the government keen to get the bill passed by the end of the week.

Finally, the Labor-Coalition surveillance deal revealed

The major parties have hammered out a deal on data retention that will see a public interest advocate arguing against police being able to access a journalist's metadata as part of a warrant process, writes Bernard Keane.

Metadata changes awaited in parliament

Details of changes the government has agreed to protecting journalists and their sources in metadata legislation is being anticipated.

Call to exempt media from metadata laws

The Australian Press Council says democracy will suffer if journalists are not exempted from the government's proposed metadata retention regime.

Govt priorities now include snooping on public’s internet, phone records

Greens senator Scott Ludlam speaks to Hans Lovejoy about how the government’s plans to keep tabs on us are flawed

Five lies the government is telling about data retention

In the course of the government's announcement on last week of its proposal for a mass surveillance data retention scheme, a number of falsehoods were uttered.

Data retention secrecy undemocratic

Brendan Molloy, Pirate Party president. The Pirate Party is critical of the federal government's secrecy surrounding its most recent discussion paper on data retention.

Cabinet makes an insecure muddle over metadata

Tony Abbott has managed to unload his unpopular plan to scrap Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, but his metadata proposal has unleashed a debate that could be almost as damaging and probably not worth the effort anyway.

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Re Netflix

David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers, however, most of our local...

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

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