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The Armidale Express

ICAC raids Torbay

28/03/2012: BROWN bags and boxes filled with files have been seized from former Northern Tablelands MP Richard Torbay’s home.

Bashing victim dies

28/12/2012: A 40-year-old man has been refused bail over the death of a man allegedly assaulted during a disagreement on Christmas Eve.

Charges laid in abuse case

19/10/2012: A FORMER priest accused of committing child sex offences against three girls in the 1970s and 1980s has been refused bail.

Conviction overturned

15/08/2012: THE FIRST man jailed under the state government’s consorting laws had his conviction overturned at an appeal in Armidale yesterday.

In pursuit of Father F

13/07/2012: YEARS of research by an Armidale woman underpinned the ABC Four Corners program that investigated claims of a Catholic Church cover-up of child sex abuse cases involving defrocked priest and prominent Armidale resident, ‘Father F’.

Torbay steps up for federal fight

18/06/2012: RICHARD Torbay’s decision to run for federal preselection with the Nationals in the key battleground of New England has drawn a mixed reaction from locals and other politicians.

Torbay slams ‘dirty tactics’

18/06/2012: ASPIRING federal Nationals candidate Richard Torbay yesterday denied claims that he approached the NSW Labor Party in a bid to become premier in 2009.

MacDonald: I support gay marriage

23/05/2012: LIBERAL MLC for Northern NSW Scot MacDonald is set to go against the grain of his federal colleagues by supporting a motion endorsing same-sex marriage.

Is religion still relevant?

05/04/2012: On Easter eve, reporter Stephen Jeffery asks local religious leaders about what role their denomination plays in today’s society.

No butts about it: clubs at odds on outdoor smoking ban

27/02/2012: THE NSW government’s decision to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas by 2015 has provoked a mixed response from local pubs and clubs.

Should we have longer trading hours?

24/02/2012: RETAILERS in Beardy Street Mall are reluctant to extend their trading hours on weekends, despite a push by Member for Northern Tablelands Richard Torbay to increase activity in the precinct on Saturdays and Sundays.

Horror highway: rain and increased use turn surface into ‘pothole parade’

08/02/2012: THE REGION’S roads – including the New England Highway – have taken a battering from the recent wet weather, prompting calls for motorists to be extra cautious.

The Sydney Morning Herald

State’s first consorting verdict is overturned

15/08/2012: THE FIRST man convicted under the state government’s consorting laws has had his conviction overturned, with proecutors admitting the case against him was inadequate.

Appeal as anti-bikie consorting laws snare serial shopper

14/08/2012: THE FIRST man jailed under the state government’s new consorting laws was “booked” for the offence while grocery shopping with a flatmate, his mother said.

Pioneer sought prison reform

13/08/2011: Over a long, varied and distinguished career, Elaine Barnett never gave up her fight for social justice and helping the disadvantaged in the community.

The Coffs Coast Advocate

It’s all fun and games for Shona

06/07/2010: FOR University Games athlete Shona Manning, the Coffs Coast is a great place to visit and a potential future home.

Coffs switched on to latest TVs

07/07/2010: RAPID technological advancements in television aren’t fazing Coffs Coast lounge lizards.

Helping indigenous people survive cancer

08/07/2010: INDIGENOUS people have a new resource to help close the cancer survival gap.

Enrolments drop at our public schools

08/07/2010: PUBLIC education on the North Coast is not keeping step with the rest of the state in terms of new enrolments.

We’re coming back

08/07/2010: IT seems like it began only moments ago but the Eastern University Games have come to a close in Coffs Harbour.

Spike in killer canine virus

09/07/2010: DOG owners on the Coffs Coast are being reminded to vaccinate their pets as the deadly parvovirus breaks out across the state.

Know the road rules

09/07/2010: IT IS meant to make young drivers competent on our roads but it seems just over half of learner driver supervisors read the Road and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Learners’ kit.

A rare honour

10/07/2010: WOOLGOOLGA High School teacher Dick McDermitt has received Life Membership of the NSW Teachers’ Federation.

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