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Local Man Fined $8,000 for Dumping Asbestos?


Well as far as asbestos headlines go – it could be worse.

We all know dumping asbestos is dangerous to your health but a local builder discovered it’s also bad for your wealth when he was recently caught trying to illegally dispose of asbestos at the Byron Resource Recovery Centre.

Staff on site identified the fibro sheeting that they believed contained asbestos and acted immediately, cleaning up the waste to contain the risk to the public and other staff. However the culprit exposed themselves and the immediate staff on site to an unacceptable level of risk of contamination.



Terrorism at 30,000ft


“I pulled apart the plane’s bathroom, at 30,000 feet all his behaviour suggested TERROR!”

2nd day of October, 2015

I left Penang having wrapped up a story on Malay-Indian culture, and I took my 2nd flight of the day from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Australia. It would be a 7.5 hour flight through the night that would prove emotionally challenging.

I helped the elderly Philippine lady fill out her immigration details, beside her sits a Korean student. Both are heading to Queensland for their first trip to Australia, and both are peace- fully unaware of the fear that would soon grip a small group of us as the night drifted in.

The three who sat in front of me included a young lady from NSW, and a father from Queensland. His son sat across the aisle from him, along with a group of male carers and his son’s young soccer team members, scattered throughout the 360 plus seat jumbo. In between the two Australians sits an Indian national, also heading home to Queensland. I had assumed he was the lady’s partner. He wasn’t.



Calls for Thomas George to Resign over CSG Betrayal

Calls for Thomas George to Resign over CSG Betrayal


In light of Saturday's community gathering opposed to invasive gas drilling in Rock Valley, convener of the Northern Rivers Greens, Adam Guise, has today called on Thomas George to resign.

Saturday afternoon saw nearly 300 people pack the Rock Valley hall, deter- mined to keep Metgasco from returning to explore for coal seam gas.

"I'm proud to stand with my wonderful community who are overwhelm- ingly opposed to coal seam gas exploration in Rock Valley.


CSG Victim - George Bender

CSG Victim - George Bender


George Bender – a cotton farmer from Chinchilla QLD; took his own life after a decade of bullying by CSG companies – don't let this farmer's death be in vain.

George was bullied to death. Fifth genera- tion cotton farmer George Bender last week committed suicide after a CSG company tried to force access to drill 18 wells on his farm.

It came after 10 years of being coerced, intimidated and overwhelmed by coal seam gas mining companies – after already having his water contaminated and depleted. CSG companies literally broke his spirit.



Interview with Janelle Saffin - Part 1

Talking politics


Walking towards the table to meet Janelle Saffin for the first time my initial thought was that Janelle reminded me of the iconic French singer Edith Piaf and I am struck by just how petite and without meaning to sound rude but ‘bird like’ Janelle Saffin is in appearance.  Just like Edith whose nickname was ‘the little sparrow’; Janelle is tiny in stature and in build so at first glance she appeared almost fragile. However this comparison with birds and French singers and any misplaced notion I might have had about fragility is quickly replaced by the realisation that Janelle has one hell of a hand shake. Well OK then - first appearances out the window and now- let’s start again.


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