This blog has had issues before with a local Green party aligned electronic "newspaper" with a letter writing readership heavily dependent on the hard left Socialist Alliance antisemitic wing of the NSW branch of the party. Byron Bay in particular is full of these people and certainly when there is a pro-Hamas war rally in town as there was over the weekend.
There are many thing you can accuse the Echo of but one of them is not intellectual courage. They do not like to be challenged and will not publish anything at all that strays too far from the party line. You will see in a moment what they do publish..
The Echo started life some years ago as a tree murdering throwaway with its genesis in the legalise marijuana movement and of course was immediately dependent entirely on the capitalist system for its survival. I wonder how many of those REA franchise holders and other businesses that advertise on that site appreciate that it routinely publishes letters that could attract prosecution under federal race hate laws?
Now that the Australian government has abandoned plans to strengthen free speech provisions under those laws after they were used to prosecute a conservative pro-Israel columnist who made some unfortunate observations about fair skinned aboriginal activists, and to permanently suppress republication of the offending columns, this may well be a course that should be considered, not only to deal with local anti-Zionists who have long ceased to hide their antisemitism, but also to test what these laws are about when it comes to protecting violently targetted minorities such as the Jews.
A week ago the Echo published this little charmer from a well known local crackpot that I reproduce in full in case it is taken down when someone realises that the law does not exempt racist bigotry just because it is "leftist" or Muslim in origin.
What an ignorant loud mouthed creep.
More recently there was this.