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Protests against Violet CoCo’s 15 months imprisonment

On Friday environment activist Violet CoCo faced the Magistrates Court, at the Downing Centre in Sydney for peacefully protesting climate inaction. She was sentenced to  15 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of eight months for engaging in non-violent protest.

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Migrant workers exploited and ripped off

Unions NSW say that a firewall between the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Department of Home Affairs is needed to protect migrant workers from deportation when they report exploitation, as new data reaffirms rife underpayment across Australia.  

Climate change a threat to local Gondwana rainforest mountain frogs

A new Southern Cross University study predicts that two species of mountain frogs located on the NSW/Queensland border are on track to be extinct by 2055.

Warning: Northern Rivers Rail Trail not ready yet

Love or hate it, the Northern Rivers Rail Trail is under construction and the community is being urged to wait until it is safe for public use.

Monash report: women will wait 200 years for income equity

The first Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Scorecard: Towards equity for women from Monash University found that at current rates it will take 70 years to reach full-time employment equality with men, and more than 200 years to reach income equity.

Rip Starters light up twilight cricket

The Rip Starters have played big hitting cricket to go to the top of the Byron Bay twilight cricket...

Vehicles on beaches

Some Ballina councillors have their heads in the sand about vehicles on beaches! I ask them to think about...

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Comment: The rise of emboldened neo-Nazis

Well respected anti-racism activist, supporter of First Nations rights and prominent trade unionist, Padraic (Paddy) Gibson, had three neo-Nazi types, with shaven heads and shirts emblazoned with the Eureka flag, turn up on his front doorstep on the night of Saturday December 4.

Can we inoculate against the racism virus?

Like many others, I watched with interest the recently screened ABC documentary, The School that Tried to End Racism.

The code of silence could develop racial bias in children

A new study by Monash University has found that children are capable of discussing issues of racism in the classroom and with friends, but parents and teachers are actively avoiding these conversations.

Framing the guilty: Uluru deniers, banksters, Dutton’s spies

The Liberal bullies and the Murdoch-Costello press have jammed their frame around indigenous recognition, and it boils down to 'we will decide what you can have, and it’s probably going to be bugger-all'.

Can You Herd Me?

When gritty Aussie hip-hop outfit The Herd hit the airways with Scallops back in 2001, the band forged themselves into the Aussie psyche. This was...

Byron’s freedoms should be valued

Sarah Blogg, Ocean Shores. In response to the letter: 'Is the Echo showing racist tendencies?' How irritating to see how language can trigger people to ridiculous levels of whining and whingeing.

Is the Echo showing racist tendencies?

Sharon Gibson, Mullumbimby. I felt sick when I read last week's letters comparing the practice of renting illegal dwellings in the shire to what the writer describes as 'Nigger huts'.

Misogyny the root of most evils

Cat Anders, Lismore. Stan Grant claims that racism is at the heart of the nation. I don't deny this, however, misogyny is at the heart of most cultures and this, as always, is denied aggressively by men and women.

I am racist! 


'I am a white middle aged guy, I’m gay and I believe I am racist. I am working with awareness to notice when I have racist thoughts or actions. It’s hard work because it’s so much of who I am,' writes Anand Anderson.

Right-wing group NCC rallied to Abbott’s rescue over challenge

Tony Abbott's leadership was saved in part by a last-minute email campaign by right-wing group the National Civic Council, which denigrated Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop in an email to its supporters.

Monash report: women will wait 200 years for income equity

The first Australian Women’s Health and Wellbeing Scorecard: Towards equity for women from Monash University found that at current rates it will take 70 years to reach full-time employment equality with men, and more than 200 years to reach income equity.

So you think someone needs a puppy for Christmas?

If you’re thinking about giving your loved one a puppy as a gift this Christmas, Dogs Australia urges you to think twice.

Handball bouncing kids back after the floods

Following the 2022 floods, Albert Park Public School teacher Troy Davies had an idea to bring about a bit of much-needed fun into students’ lives by suggesting the handball competition to beat them all.

Pianos delivered, for the people!

Following the devastating 2022 floods, Pianos for the People answered the call to bring music to the people of the Northern Rivers.