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Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

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Mullum Rotary celebrates 75

On Saturday, June 22, Mullumbimby Rotary celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore. 

Byron’s foreshore

‘How could the foreshore be improved’? asks Byron Council. Simple. Incorporate natural and hybrid infrastructure into coastal policy and...

Have your say on flood planning in Byron Shire

A planning instrument that guides development in floodplains is open for public comment, yet does not include the 2022 flood levels.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Choke

In the 1960s the Boston Strangler murdered 13 women. He was a serial killer. These stories of bad men lurking in the shadows, just waiting to get their hands on women’s necks have always haunted me. What kind of deranged sexual predator does that?

Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

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The endless idiocy of Tony Abbott

For a bloke on a very large pension, former Prime Minister the not-so-honourable Tony Abbott is working very hard for the Institute of Public Affairs these days. His latest IPA speech in London was outrageously stupid, playing down the climate crisis even as his own country burns and the international numbers confirm the situation is more dire than ever.

Stop the three word slogans

Parliament in Canberra is in the midst of another interminable break, but it's been a big week in politics, with the departures from public life of Dan Andrews and Mike Pezzullo, Warren Mundine and Noel Pearson crossing swords at the National Press Club, and the tabling of the epic Disability Royal Commission Report.

A big weekend for conferences, if not solutions

The ALP has just held its national conference, in Brisbane, but most of the progressive ideas were discussed only on the fringes, and on the streets outside, with the official debate constrained. Down in Sydney, things pushed further into crazy-land at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an Australian version of the Trump-worshipping American event.

International revolving doors

Corruption takes many forms, and has become more refined since the days of brown paper bags. In Australia, we have lobbyists, interests and politicians, with the traditional dividing lines between these three now all but invisible, and numerous examples of people moving from one position to another, and then back again, as they prioritise personal gain over what's best for the country.

Australian politics and the royals

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is now in London for the coronation of King Charles III, tomorrow. He will be joined by a grab bag of other Australians, including Julie Bishop, Nick Cave and Adam Hills.

Vindictive and bad faith prosecutions?

As Bernard Collaery’s friends and supporters celebrate the dropping of the prosecution against him, it is still relevant to ask, why were Witness K and his lawyer Collaery put on trial in the first place?

Abbott calls for return of North Coast shark nets

Never one to stand in the way of antiquated technology, fossil fuel-supporting former prime minister Tony Abbot has now turned his attention to shark nets, calling for them to be reinstated on the NSW North Coast.

Thus Spake Mungo: Timorous Turnbull and the Newspoll fallout

So the 30th Newspoll has finally dropped, and as he waits for the mushroom cloud to dissipate, just what will Malcolm Turnbull do to manage the fallout?

Thus Spake Mungo: Abbott’s vaudeville act keeps party in chaos

Tony Abbott’s bravura performance as a stand-up comic at the Flat Earthers Twilight Home Laugh In, or whatever it was called, deservedly received rave reviews – the consensus was that he was a raving ratbag.

Who is bullying whom?

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head. Re: Cameron Bell’s article It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke. It must take a highly qualified legal mind to present a...

Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

Two in hospital, including officer, after perilous arrest

A Northern Rivers man wanted for arrest and an officer trying to arrest him are both in hospital after a disastrous encounter in the early hours of the morning.

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Paddle-out for innovative shaper, Geoff McCoy

There are shapers and there are shapers.  Geoff McCoy was our local eminent, and world-recognised, master surfboard shaper. I call this gaggle of exclusive surfboard...