FitzSimons brings Republic mission to Northern Rivers today

THE Australian Republican Movement’s National Chair Peter FitzSimons AM will be speaking in Lismore and Ballina today as part of the ARM’s grassroots campaign.

Backpacker tax: Cut it in half or scrap it?

Janelle Saffin and Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Joel Fitzgibbon discuss the proposed backpacker tax outside Janelle’s office.

Shadow Minister Joel Fitzgibbon: Backpacker tax should be scrapped.

Family’s faith in Evans Head restored after van theft

Hayden Mallia and Kerrie Mann, of Evans Head, had their van stolen with everything in it after moving from Melbourne.

Their van containing all their valued possessions was stolen

Clarence brigades fired up over safety

EASY: Sjaak Ankersmit, of Shark Creek, learns how to use the fire hose at Yamba Fire Station.

Grafton FIre Brigade opened its doors to the community

Lismore stables hack big numbers

Kimberly Webb of Willow Vale, Gold Coast participating in the Northern NSW Hack Championship, Lismore showground.

More than 300 horses stretched the Lismore Showgrounds

Revealed: Five easy ways to lose weight

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend fruit as part of a healthy, five-food group diet.

Which diets work and which ones don't?

From north of England to North Coast for Wakefield warrior

CHARGING ON: Grafton Ghosts' second-rower Adam Slater is raring to rip into Northern Rivers in their Country Championships Round 2 clash.

Englishman relishes opportunity to play rep footy

Owner puts out bus fire on Pacific Highway at Ballina

School children were eveacuated after a bus caught fire at Ballina. Photo: Daniel Perrin / Daily News

School children have been evacuated after a bus fire.

Tommy’s staff, mates down 72 shots in states of ‘undress’

Cocktails

Judge reversed decision against Tommy's Tavern manager in 2012.

Chris Hemworth’s wife Elsa films Fast 8 with GOT star

Chris Hemsworth, right, and Elsa Pataky attend the premiere of "In the Heart of the Sea" at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

She is best known for her role as Elena Neves in Fast & Furious

Northern Rivers hit hard by arts funding chop

Norpa's production, Railway Wonderland. Photo Contributed Grant MacIntyre Photography

Regional companies like NORPA play major role in cultural ecology

Government using shark drones off North Coast waters

DRONE: A still photo of the Department of Primary Industries shark drone on trial this week.

State of the art shark drones are being trialled this week

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OPINION: Dads need to be free to openly love their kids

I HAVE a photograph of my daughter’s first shower.

LETTER: Negative gearing a working class dud from day one

Real Estate "sold" sign with red brick building and trees blurry in the background

Falling house prices would not be such a bad thing

10 tips about traveling overseas for first timers

What tips do you have for first time overseas travelers?

OPINION: Cheap milk? How about no milk?

GOT MILK? Not everyone believes we should be supporting dairy farmers.

The male calves are usually sent for slaughter at five days old.

Almost half of all foreign visitors go to the North Coast

The North COast is the most regional area in the state of New South Wales a report has revealed.

Prisoner: 'Can I stay in jail longer?'

Grafton Courthouse Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

The man asked to have a six-month non-parole period waived.

Sydney residents up in arms over Westconnex

Balmain residents turn out en masse

Convictions quashed after ‘shenanigans’ at Tommy’s Tavern

Tommy's tavern was shut for the night after a noise complaint.

Man armed with knife steals 'box of chocolates': police

chocolates

Alleged thief tried unsuccessfully to hold up two takeaways

South Grafton man avoids jail after strangling his mother

27yo punched holes in the wall over "a first world problem"

Federal debates centres on $67 billion 'black hole'

Scott Morrison

Fiscal responsibility is shaping up as a key election issue

Both major parties fail on mental health

HOMELESS NO MORE: A Gladstone teen escaped his violent family and will finish year 12 and start work in the region.

No reforms are in sight for sufferers of mental health issues

Fuel tanker rolls over seven cars

Port Curtis Way was closed for most of Tuesday, after an Emerald Carrying Company fuel tanker rolled on Monday night.

The tanker was reportedly avoiding a car when it crashed

Greens promise to fund more abortion options

Greens Senator Larissa Water this morning pledged to put a stop to coal seam gas development until its environmental credentials were proven.

The Greens say they will spend $15 million on new abortion options

Labor vows to clean up Federal political donations

Opposition leader Bill Shorten in Kingscliff on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Four Corners revealed about $8 million worth were not declared

WATCH: Woman stripped and bashed by police

Police dragged the woman through the station before pulling down her pants to search for an officer's pass-card.

Corruption Commission shown horrific footage of the incident

Grieving family want to bury Toowoomba sisters in India

The four Mathew sisters together, with (from left) Anumol, Elizabeth, Anjumol and Asha. Anjumol and Asha died in a car crash near Ipswich.

Toowoomba sisters' tragic deaths rock community

YOUR STORY: The ugly truth about domestic violence

"I think he's got a knife" woman tells police

Nova Peris won't stand again for the Senate

Outgoing Senator Nova Peris

SENATOR Nova Peris will not re-contest her seat at the election.

Protests allowed in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines.

The new president wants to make a corrupt former president a 'hero'

Global population boom of squid, octopuses and cuttlefish

There's a suggestion they are breeding more due to climate change

Human remains suggest explosion behind EgyptAir disaster

The Egyptian army published photos showing wreckage and debris from EgyptAir flight 804 on 21 May Egyptian army

Forensic analysis suggests an explosion brought the plane down

10 completely normal things all new parents go through

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Six career ideas for Clive now he's leaving politics

Clive Palmer at the opening of his electorate office in 2013.

Palmer's office clear out underway, so where to next for Clive?

Alpaca injury was a crime of passion

WHEN ALPACAS DON’T ATTACK: Dawn Perryman made the mistake of getting between a passionate male alpaca and his prospective girlfriend this week, but it was not an “attack”.

Gympie alpaca injury was just a crime of passion

Samoan police take #runningmanchallenge to the next level

They're now challenging all other Pacific Island police services

Chaos on flight as tarantulas escape into cabin

Tarantula

Plate-sized tarantulas had passengers standing on their seats

Justin Bieber slams 'fake' award shows

Bieber slams shows as 'fake' after winning two gongs at Billboard

Angelina Jolie joins London School of Economics

Angelina Jolie will be lecturing on women, peace and security

Will Arnett will buy Megan Fox a 'birthing tub'

"She is hippy-dippy. I should buy her ... a birthing tub."

Prince asked Celine Dion for advice on Las Vegas

Prince was considering a residency playing at Las Vegas

Simon Cowell writing children's book

Simon Cowell

Music mogul inspired by his children to write

Taylor Swift hit with new round of death threats

"I will kill your friends and I am excited about it."

India successfully launches its first space shuttle

An undated handout photograph released by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 23 May 2016 shows India's Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV)-TD in India India has successfully test fired its first space shuttle called the RLV, early morning, 23 May. The experiment is being considered as the first step towards developing resusable vehicles, by India.

The model shuttle reached an altitude of 43 miles

Canada's re-entry into oil market set to edge price lower

Canadian oil-sands producers prepared to resume production

ATO to hold review into politicians' expenses claims

The exterior of the Australian Government Taxation Office in Sydney on Monday, May 28, 2012.

There are no special rules for politicians claiming accommodation

The new way to safeguard yourself for retirement

Noel Whittaker

Investment bonds are proving a popular option to super

Wagner reveals plans for Gladstone Hotel site

ROUND TWO: Kenneth Wagner eyes off his newest acquisition in the Toowoomba CBD, The Gladstone Hotel.

Opportunity calls for development of The Gladstone under new owner