'He just wants friends': dad says Hanson comments hurt

Xavier Grayson, 7, has autism and "loves school", says his dad Ben.

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This weekend's Northern Rivers markets list

TRADITION: Maurie the Tool Man at the Bangalow markets.

Where to get fresh produce from

'Poke' the latest food trend to hit the Northern Rivers

Finn Poke restaurant opened in Byron bay last week.

IT’S pronounced ‘poh-kee’ not ‘poke’ and promises to be “next iconic cuisine” to...






BOUT BONANZA: Win tickets to Horn V Pacquiao ringside

JEFF Horn has had his final sparring session for the Battle of Brisbane with Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2.

Boxing great gives Horn a chance of causing upset

Ray Wheatley sees no reason why Brisbane underdog Jeff Horn can't write his own page of history with a win over all-time great Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2.

Horn is no ordinary Joe despite US commentators' slip-up

US boxing commentators are writing off Joe Horn ... err Jeff Horn ... against Manny Pacquaio

PHOTOS: Beef Week's breakfast with the butchers gets cooking

THIS morning the BBQ's were running hot in the Casino CBD for the Richmond Dairies Free Breakfast With The Butchers.

Paralympian's inspiring Beef Week talk

ABOVE: Katie Kelly and her mother Eileen sharing laughs and smiles at Casino's 2017 Beef Week High Tea.

Resilience and determination key topics of discussion

Meat peace-loving hippies dressed for Beef Week

PSYCHEDELIC: Colleen Cornish and Donna Mclennan, as Clover and Saffron, Casino's self-proclaimed "Wildwood Flowers” of Hallidays Jewellery go all out with Beef Week's 2017 'Step back in time' theme.

Beef Week's theme has the town dressed to impress

Beef Week a bumper day out in Casino

CELEBRATING 35 YEARS: Brenda Armfield in her green mini moke during Beef Week's street parade last year.

Casino Beef Week is shaping up to attract a crowd of over 20,000

Opening night a time to party

FORMAL AFFAIR: Beef Week president Stuart George with 2016 Beef Week Queen entrants.

Beef Week kicks off with a crowning

Top 15: Is this the area's biggest weekend of the year?

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: The bulls lapping up the attention at Beef Week Saturday in Casino.

From Beef Week to Margaret Olley portraits.

Band cancels Splendour show after sexual assault claims

A RISING young Melbourne band has pulled out of the Splendour In the Grass festival after sexual assault claims were posted on social media.

A chance to support marriage equality at Splendour 2017

TOURING: Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavík formed in 1994.

Thanks to Sigur Ros and Margaret Court

A 10m sculpture of Kanye West's sad face will head Splendour 2017

RAPPER: Kanye West performing at Splendour in the Grass 2011.

"What can you put inside Sad Kanye to make him happy?”

Dan Sultan's 'Killer' new album

Megan Washington and Dan Sultan perform for enthusiastic crowds at this years Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

'With the writing, I was thinking about everything'

Five Splendour stars set to shine bright

AFTER HOURS, CLOSE TO DAWN: Melbourne rock band Kingswood will bring their new album plus old hits to Splendour in the Grass 2017.

The latest on the artists coming to the festival

Splendour VIP passes raise massive sum for flood relief

FUN IN THE SUN: Punters at Splendour in the Grass 2016 at Byron Bay.

50 Flood Relief Gold Passes were auctioned last week

GREAT START: Splendour VIP passes raise more than $23,000

Crowd at Splendour in the Grass 2016.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Flood appeal fundraiser had a successful first day

Five tips to prepare for the NDIS

WHETHER the NDIS is rolling out in your region tomorrow, in six months or in a year, you need to start getting ready now.

When the NDIS is rolling out at your place

THE National Disability Insurance Scheme launched in July 2013 and continues to roll out region by region across the country.

Creating your first plan

YOUR first plan is the start of a lifelong relationship with the NDIS.

Winner of the NSW signed State of Origin Jersey

WINNER of the NSW signed State of Origin Jersey says he is hopeful for a Blues victory coming into game 3.

The free Nutella food truck is heading our way

Nutella road trip is heading up the east coast to Byron Bay.

Widow part of Australia's large emigraton push

Mrs Louisa Hansford (nee Thorner) saw five of her children go off to war.

To see one of your children off to war would be heart-wrenching

Byron Council reject rail corridor bypass option due to cost

The route of Byron Bay's new CBD bypass.

Byron Shire Council sticks with Butler Street for the Bypass

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Bundy mum blogging to get families offline

A BUNDABERG mum is on a mission to help parents and children take a breather from social media.

Opera Australia to sing most popular arias to support NORPA

SING FOR A CAUSE: Opera Australia is coming to Lismore for a fundraiser to benefit NORPA.

Special gala show in Lismore for flood relief

VIDEO: Exhibition tells the history of LGTBIQ community

Maude Boat steps out at the Tropical Fruits Street Parade 29/12/12.

Lismore Has a Diverse Past is on until June 30 at SCU

Is Jay Z coming to Bluesfest 2018?

US recording artist Jay Z performs on stage at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the 'Get Out The Vote' concert at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 04 November 2016. The US presidential election is scheduled for 08 November 2016.  EPA/DAVID MAXWELL

MTV ranked him the Greatest MC of all time in 2006

Lennox Head provides dream venue for new restaurant

Shelter has a view of the ocean from Pacific Parade in Lennox Head.

Refuge for foodies to enjoy 'simple, elegant' dishes

Cafe's exotic coffees come with the Lismore heart

Benchtop Espresso artisan coffee and tea in Lismore.  Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Unique selection of coffee on offer in Lismore.

Ballina brewery getting ready to serve cold ones

Seven Mile Brewing Company development underway near Ballina Airport.

New brewery will delight locals, owner says

Byron council may consider taxes amid Airbnb tourist surges

Airbnb letting is popular in the Byron Shire, but is a big concern for residents and council.

Byron Bay councillor wants register and 'bed tax'

Co-op owner wishes closure 'could have been handled better'

The Brunswick Fishing Company will close its doors by end of day today.

"The shock to the community is a shock to me too," owner says

Byron Bay sex school to launch in July

Kristin Murray of Byron Bay will open a women's centre in early July.

Women's Shack will host workshops for men and women.

Lightning gala awards night

Stephen and Kellie Holdsworth at the Caloundra Event Centre for the Sunshine Coast Lightning end of season gala event.

Lightning gala awards night

Shelter in Lennox Head

Co-owners Andrew Love, Troy Noonan, and Grant La Brooy searched for almost two years looking for a venue that had potential and opportunity in equal measure.

Shelter co-owners Andrew Love, Troy Noonan, and Grant La Brooy searched for almost...

Samsung's The Frame turns television into art

The launch of The Frame by Samsung.

The Frame, by Samsung, promises to bring art to a whole new generation. The new...

Fenech says Horn will win

Boxers pose with the WBO World Championship belt.

Jeff Fenech says Jeff Horn has done everything he needs to be World Champion.

Pauline won't say sorry

Senator Pauline Hanson speaking at today’s press conference at Parliament House. Picture: Kym Smith

One Nation leader will not apologise for comments.

Jeff Horn final hitout

Boxer prepares for title fight.

Qld boxer prepares for WBO world welterweight title.

OPINION: Pauline's right, autistic kids need own schools

I have an autistic daughter and I agree with Hanson’s comments that children with autism spectrum disorder should be removed from mainstream classrooms.

Coloured tags for dogs to prevent attacks

NEW IDEA: Bruce Kelson (inset) wants to introduce coloured tags as law for people who own dogs to try and prevent canines attacking each other.

Colour-coded tags for big and small dogs could become the law

Epic trek raises thousands

TRAIL OF GLORY: Rachel Close, Judi Gray, Annie Bradford, Avril Brown, Linda Coombes and Lyn McKillop finishing the 100km Oxfam trailwalk at Mt Coot-tha.

Warwick women conquer Oxfam Trail Walk

Shee-P-R saves little lamb

EWE LITTLE BEAUTY: Tonie Simmons, pictured with Shawny, saved Lucy the lamb (inset) by performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on her.

Chest pumping and mouth-to-mouth saves Lucy

Recipe: Old-style rich Pollo a Nissena

Plate of Pollo a Nissena served on salad with a side dish of witlof.

This recipe is a twist on an old Sicilian classic

Everyday heroes save David from 'death's door'

DEAD LUCKY: Bundamba man David Harris (second from right) was rushed to Ipswich Hospital with a rare type of meningococcal. Doctors Julia Kelly, Ian Brandon and Brendan Perry were part of the team who saved David's life.

He almost died because he didn't want to 'bother' the hospital staff

Digging down to find Clare

After five years on the TV series Nashville it’s time for Clare Bowen to tell stories about herself and her loved ones.

TV REVIEW: Offspring season 7 is... fine

Alexander England and Asher Keddie in a scene from season seven of Offspring.

New Offspring won’t be remembered as the best season.

What's on at the cinemas over the school holidays

Tom Holland in a scene from the movie Spider-man: Homecoming.

Escape from reality over the holidays with a trip to the movies.

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview

Banksy’s ‘The girl with a balloon.’

Rapper Goldie may have just outed Banksy's real identity

Millionaire Nathan Birch to offload $55M in property

Nathan Birch wants to focus more on developing properties.

Sydney property investor has announced he is selling up

Grass is greener for Warwick real estate

Warwick's rural charm and affordable property prices are enticing buyers from Brisbane.

Quality houses for half the price of Brisbane attracting interest

New prison unlocks market growth

Works have begun on the construction of the new Grafton bridge.

Influx of workers for project drives healthy growth in house prices

Builders relish Coast's growing construction rates

The Coast's average house price has risen from by more than $10,000 in the past three years to $507,100.

House numbers and values are rising on the Coast

Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

A photo of a bucks party at a short-term rental in the Watergate Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands, presented to a Victorian parliamentary committee into changes to laws governing short-stay accommodation.

Residents band together to fight the rise of AirBnB 'party houses'

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Regional jobs program to be expanded in budget

Support for regional jobs will feature in Tuesday's Queensland budget.

Regional jobs program to be expanded

Anger at Aurizon ad as jobs go in Gladstone

An Aurizon protest in Rockhampton.

Company rejects 'lousy' treatment claims

Adani: Yes it's a coal mine, but it's jobs we need

This bumper sticker has been increasingly appearing in Townsville, in the midst of environmental protests against the Adani mine. Picture: Chris McMahon

Company has been mired in a bitter protest war

Adani jobs to flow almost immediately after approval

Jeyakumar Janakaraj. Photo Chris Lees / Daily Mercury

Extra $1.2 billion a year in economic benefits for Qld economy

Where the 13,000 mining jobs are

Rio Tinto's Amrun

THE mining and resources downturn is over and jobs are coming back

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MY18 Subaru XV small SUV road test and review

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: The new MY18 Subaru XV offers a Toyota Prado-matching 220mm of ground clearance plus a smart X-Mode for traction on slippery surfaces. It starts from $27,990 before on-roads.

A small SUV with serious off-road clout? Enter Subaru's new XV

Long tailed Jaguar confirmed for Australia

LONG TAIL: We didn't receive the previous generation Jaguar XF wagon, but the revamped model is headed Down Under late this year.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake due in late 2017

Hyundai to build pint-size and big daddy SUVs

The new Hyundai Kona is launched in South Korea.

Get set for even more SUVs from Hyundai.

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