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Sharing our land

OldMum-withjoey_cr-AndreaHylands

IN MEMORIUM THIS WINTER REALLY knocked the old ones. A relentlessly wet and cold winter in the range country surrounding the national capital. We hadn’t experienced weather like this in a decade. Most recently we were battling drought and then fires as elsewhere in Eastern Australia. We share the land here with

‘It’s almost like grooming’: How anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and the far-right came together over COVID

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SCENES OF PROTESTORS clad in hi-viz jackets and shouting anti-vaccination slogans have dominated the news recently. As ABC News reported: “Some of those gathered held a banner reading ‘freedo’, while others sang the national anthem and chanted ‘f*** the jab’.” Some attacked union offices, drawing criticism from officials such as Australian Council of Trade

Nature Matters

nature-matters-cr-Neil-Cruttenden

ONE OF THE last, and perhaps most controversial actions of the Eurobodalla Shire Council before it goes into caretaker mode, [related to council elections in early December] was the adoption of a zoning plan made by a previous council decades ago. This old plan advocates the destruction of a large area of Dalmeny bushland for housing

Relentless shooting and cruelty

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Preparing to testify at a NSW enquiry into the welfare and health of the state's kangaroos, Diane Smith and Greg Keightley again experienced first-hand the barbaric impacts of the Australian commercial kangaroo industry for skins and petfood or, in parallel, just for wildlife destruction — supported by various rural landholders and

Aunty Ro speaks her pain at destruction of totem kangaroo

Painting by Michael Huddleston

INDIGENOUS EDUCATOR AND writer Aunty Ro Mudyn Godwin, in June testified to a NSW parliamentary committee hearing on the welfare and health of the state’s kangaroos. Status quo welfare: very bad. She spoke of the personal  impact and social cost of the state’s and indeed Australia’s, wholesale destruction of the national emblem, which

A lens on Indigenous life and culture: Wayne Quilliam

— Wayne Quilliam, The Guardian. IN TIME WITH the country’s ritual look at Aboriginal culture one week of the year (Naidoc) The Bulletin was delighted to see this photo feature where photographer Wayne Quilliam also explains in captions Indigenous thinking about co-existence with the country and everything in it. A culture of respect and

How Canberra tells you what to think

mum-and-bub-5_cr-BrettClifton

EVERY MAY MOTHER’S DAY or thereabouts, Canberra politicians, Labor, Green and Liberal, spoil the season by giving thumbs up to what they like to portray as an unremarkable slaughter of our national emblem in the nation’s capital. On public nature reserves, this involves shooting kangaroo families — mums and males —

Region rep Barilaro ups attack on free speech

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ABC MEDIA WATCH dissects, in the link below, the recent arrest of a producer for YouTube satirist Jordan Shanks, ‘Friendlyjordies’. The alleged crime is ‘stalking’  in regard to approaching member for Monaro John Barilaro multiple times with uncomfortable or cheeky questions. Barilaro has been at the receiving end of a barrage of

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