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Six questions for Jehovah’s Witness doorknockers: 1. Are you aware that the 2016 Royal Commission into Institutional Handling of Child Sexual Abuse investigated 1006 alleged perpetrators of abuse within your church, over the last six decades? 2. Are you aware that your church, until recently, required a ‘second witness’ before they would report claims of sexual abuse to authorities? 3. Are you aware that your church finally signed on to the National Redress Scheme for victims of child sexual abuse this year, only after the government threatened to strip its charitable tax exemption? 4. Why is the church headed by an all-male governing body (like the Roman Catholic Church), that adheres to policies in a guidebook that’s kept

confidential from other followers? 5. Why are the women in your church defined by their relationship to men, and wives must let their husbands make all decisions? 6. Are women within your church discouraged from tertiary studies and seeking fulltime employment? Sue McLeod Myocum

¨IJĕƷĕëſǩǧǧǧ I must answer David Heilpern. Remember 2000, how the computers were all to fail on NYE? How could so many get it so wrong? Why not again, now? All it requires is a monolithic media focused on hourly ratings, a political class focused on responding to that media, and selfcensorship by dissenting voices. Add marginalisation of alternative views. Here we are again. No conspiracy required. Ask Professor Thomas Borody. Matt Hartley Byron Bay

Hue and cry Seeing and hearing all the kicking and screaming about our right to choose to not put on masks takes me back to the ’70s and ’80s when

a similar hue and cry arose from the laws that imposed the wearing of seat belts and random breath testing. The authorities had taken away our god given right to get thrown from an out-of-control car or to get blotto and drive till we killed someone, including our mates, or own family members sometimes. Before those intolerable losses of liberty were imposed, road carnage sadly accounted for 3,800 deaths annually in Australia, and countless more serious injuries and unimaginable sadness for associated mates and family members. Forced seatbelt wearing and more heavily policed and penalised drink driving helped to curb the pain and misery to the current 1,200 deaths annually. Still too many, we know, but risk takers and lawbreakers unfortunately continue to speed and kill themselves and others. Helping rationalise this conversation about wearing masks or getting vaxxed, let’s do the math. Straight extrapolation of the 1970 road carnage figures shows, over 50 years, a reduction in deaths amounting to 2,600 lives saved per year. That equates to a minimum of 65,000 lives having been saved by these ▶ Continued on page 16

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 36.14 – September 15, 2021  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire, on the Far North Coast of NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 36.14 – September 15, 2021  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire, on the Far North Coast of NSW, Australia.

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