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The state government’s drug dog program still appears like a waste of taxpayer money given the high number of false positives. 2017 data obtained by the NSW Greens suggest ‘two-thirds of those strip searched as a result of drug dog indications had no drugs on them.’ Would any other government program that gets it wrong two-thirds of the time be scrapped? The war on drugs and common sense rolls on… not to mention the ongoing public relations damage it does to our police force. QQQQ
Spare a thought for the difficult job policing can be – Byron can be a magnet for crims, and just last week officers had to tackle a man they allege had outstanding warrants after he tried to escape. Police allege the suspect struggled violently and an officer was injured. They also say they found a 20cm knife on the suspect. QQQQ
When TAFE NSW Wollongbar’s tourism, events, aviation, cookery and hospitality teaching section took home gold at the North Coast Regional Tourism Awards last week, local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin was quick to blurt a press release gushing at the achievements. Yet in the same week, SMH reported Treasury documents show his government ‘cut over $130 million from TAFE NSW in the form of staffing redundancies and restructuring costs since 2014.’ QQQQ
Speaking of SMH – now that Nine has swallowed Fairfax, should we care if some of the nation’s best journalists will be made redundant and its news department stops hold-
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The man behind the masks, Jarrod (Jed) Edward, has entered his steam punk creation for this year’s Ocean Shores Art Expo, which is on from August 24 till 26 at the Ocean Shores School hall. Over 300 artworks will be on sale with the theme ‘Treasures’ plus a huge display of student works. Awards/opening night is August 24 from 7pm, and over $5,000 in prizes are on offer, along with food, wine and music. Info at www.osartexpo.com.
ing the powerful to account? Clearly, an uninformed society only suits powerful tyrants. There would be much joy at Liberal and National HQ at this decision, yet here’s a positive: there is no better time to support a fearless and independent press.
dissolution of Standard Oil in 1911 after it amassed more cash than the federal reserve.
Protecting sovereignty to ensure a stable society seems a long time ago…
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Congrats to The Byron Bay Railroad Company, who is the overall winner of the prestigious Australian Engineering Excellence awards for 2018. QQQQ
The biggest loss ever recorded on the US stock exchange was by Facebook last week – it dropped $120bn as trust and credibility issues continue to plague the social media giant. News satirist John Oliver (HBO’s Last Week Tonight) pointed out that $120bn is about what the global cheese sector is worth. It’s never too late to break apart controlling monopolies – the US Supreme Court ordered the
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