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Growing number of dogs

Thanks to Alison Drover for her informative article in last week’s Echo regarding the growing number of dogs in...

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Why not both

The tender for the first section of the Rail Trail starting from Murwillumbah indicates that it is not more...

Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group E: Our Sustainable Future

The Echo asked all the Lismore Councillor candidates to send in a bio. Led by current Councillor Elly Bird, the Our Sustainable Future team is Group E.

Laurel Lodge open for community housing

North Coast Community Housing (NCCH) has officially opened 12 refurbished fit-for-purpose homes in the former Lismore Base Hospital accommodation known as Laurel Lodge.

NSW public schools to strike December 7 

The president of the NSW Teachers Federation announced on Saturday morning that NSW public school teachers and principals will go on strike one day next week.

New COVID exposure site on the Gold Coast

Queensland Health says that a public health alert is being issued for contact tracing locations on the Gold Coast.

Lismore Council elections

I’m somewhat bemused by the candidates for the Lismore Council election. One ticket has 14 candidates, when there are...

Stories about "Mungo McCallum":

Thus spake Mungo: sex, religion and politics 100 days after ScoMo’s win

The showdown over religion could well provoke a serious schism, speaketh Mungo. Trouble is brewing in the mess.

Thus Spake Mungo: Fizzler with little new budget sausage 

A somewhat exasperated Bill Shorten accuses Scott Morrison of playing games over the election date – and so he is. 

Thus Spake Mungo: Morrison soft pedals on Hanson 

Scott Morrison would have been happier and clappier than usual when he went to his Horizon Pentecostalist Church last Sunday. 

Thus Spake Mungo: Shorten hedging his bets on Adani

By Mungo MacCallum Bill Shorten has finally taken a firm position on the Adani coal mine: procrastination. The opposition leader tells us that when (not if...

Thus Spake Mungo: And the rorts continue

As even the most avid reformers admit, you can’t legislate for morality. There will still be politicians who endeavour to wriggle through the loopholes. But at least the net will be harder to evade. Perhaps the silly season has not been wasted after all.

Thus Spake Mungo: PM’s plebiscite on the nose

So much for Malcolm Turnbull’s great fortnight in parliament, followed by his triumphant march through the marbled halls of New York and Washington. His claque of supporters raved, of course, but the paying customers – the voters – remained resolutely unimpressed.

In the battle between baddies and worsies, there’s no clear strategy

It is easy to be cynical about the outcry over the corpse of four-year-old Aylan Kursi, found washed up on a beach just a little over a week ago. He was just one of many victims of the wars in Syria and Iraq, but he was the one that mattered, writes Mungo MacCallum.

The inevitable decapitation of Bronwyn Bishop

Mungo: Even her most obstinate, deluded and purblind supporter (Tony Abbott) eventually realised that he would have to wake up from the nightmare that was engulfing the parliament, his government and most importantly himself.

Praise for Mungo’s obit on Tom Uren

T. Sharples, Tweed Heads. Not a reader of Murdoch's The Australian, I was however drawn in by the stories published last Tuesday on the passing of Tom Uren and just wanted to publicly say I thought the obituary written by our Mungo MacCallum one of his finest pieces.

Thus Spake Mungo: Reality mugs PM

There are times when our Prime Minister get mugged by reality. But it doesn’t mean that he has to like it.

Responsible dog owner

I read with interest Alison Drover’s article on dog management and the follow up letters last week, and I couldn’t agree more. I am indifferent...

Dogs need control

I agree with Alison Drover’s recent article and her final line ‘wildlife needs more love, and our dog owners need a tighter lead’. But the...

COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 2 December. Northern NSW Local...

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.