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PeoplePolitics

HE THOUGHT HE WAS SAFE, A NEW LIFE BEGINNING…

We have been in touch with our friend, Imran Mohammed since his incarceration on Manus.  A troubling update . . . In 2018, my life changed forever. From being stateless, after seven years held on Manus Island, I became a permanent resident of the United States. The outcome is beyond words. Building trust in humanity […]

LocalPolitics

Council calamities continue

It seems our MidCoast Council has embarked on a public relations campaign during this CoronaVirus time, with a series of self congratulatory announcements all clearly aimed at camouflaging the many disasters of the past three years. Mayor’s Roads Claim Many ratepayers and residents were somewhat surprised when on May 9, Mayor David West appeared on […]

LocalPolitics

MIDCOAST COUNCIL’S STAFF COSTS CONTINUE TO SPIRAL.

So much for the promise from Paul Toole, the former Minister for Local Government, that the amalgamation of our three local councils into the MidCoast Council would bring down Council’s administration costs. The table below tells the tale! Financial Year Staff Cost Increase 2017/18 $68.757 M     (Actual) 2018/19 $74.418 M     (Actual) […]

Politics

WHERE ARE THE JACK MUNDEYS TODAY?

A tribute to Jack Mundey It is impossible to overstate the legacy of Jack Mundey. The long life of the brilliant but humble trade unionist was one of integrity, decency and vision. He literally changed Australia forever and his influence extended around the civilised world.  He brought a new term into the vocabulary – Green […]

Politics

REAL KULTCHA

All right children, move in close.  Granddad’s goin’ to tell you a story. (Oh no!  Not another aimless wander through the cobwebs of his addled brain!) It was way back in 2020 – before most of you were even a glint in your mother’s eye. (Beam Me Up, Scotty – there’s no intelligent life down […]

Politics

The buck is out the window

Last week I could have my hair styled but I couldn’t get a kidney transplant. I could take my kids to school but not to church. I could invite nine mates to a funeral but only four to a wedding. I could attend a boot camp but I could not meet my friends in a […]

LocalPolitics

MidCoast Council Woes are a Worry!

Where are the Audited Financial Statements??? It has now been over 8 months since the end of the 2018/19 Financial Year and ratepayers and residents are still no wiser as to the state of Council’s finances and are now asking: “Where are MidCoast Council’s 2018 /19 Audited Financial Statements”? Former GTCC Mayor, Paul Hogan OAM, […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

MORRISON’S MOTIVES… UNMASKED

The COVID 19 pandemic is no longer just a cloud on the horizon – it has developed into a full scale cyclone, and its effects on Australia, while still unquantifiable, will clearly be severe if not disastrous.  The health experts now tell us that the virus cannot be contained – in time every Australian will […]

Beyond the ValleyPolitics

MORRISON SEEMS INCAPABLE OF GENUINE LEADERSHIP

 – John Hewson It’s about Leadership, Stupid! You were elected to Lead Mr. Morrison. It was a “surprise” and great that you won against the polling, and that your marketing slogans cut through better than those of Shorten.  But they are only slogans. There was no detail. While you have been cut a lot of […]

Politics

EVOLUTION

It was almost a throwaway line. In the course of his friendly chat welcoming David Speers to the ABC, Scott Morrison mused that his climate change policy was “evolving.” And since, as usual he had nothing substantial to say in of his ramblings, the commentators, speculators and fortune tellers seized on the remark, investing it […]

EnvironmentLocalPeoplePolitics

SO IT’S UP TO US FOLKS!

We have a government led by a Prime Minister in denial that anything is wrong. His sales pitch and hype is hitting a sour note. Not to mention the secrecy. For a marketing man he has a tin ear. Not that it matters much. Few of us are listening any more. We are struggling like […]

Beyond the ValleyEnvironmentLocalPolitics

OUR WINGHAM BRUSH IS DYING

If ever there was an indication of the dire straits we are in as a result of drought caused by Climate Change, it’s right here.  The Wingham Brush, drawcard to the Manning Valley, is critically drought-stressed from the worst drought so far recorded.  362.2 mm to date for this year – way, way worse than 1994’s […]