Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hospital crisis

30.05.12

Letter to the Editor

Re: “Hospital crisis while Premier builds towers” TB 30.05.12 it is an absolute disgrace that the first priority of the Newman LNP government is to increase the patient to staff ratio in the Townsville Hospital which services the whole of North Queensland and the Torres Straight, and I assume other rural and regional hospitals by freezing staffing levels, which means going backwards as current staff retire and are not replaced, followed by the second priority building the LNP government a new building to encapsulate new, no doubt more plush offices, of course in Brisbane.

We have seen both health and education departments on rations yet this lease of new office space to house the government will in fact cost taxpayers. None of us can direct our tax dollar to where we would like it to go however personally I would prefer mine to be spent on public health and education before I see it spent on luxurious office space for government ministers.

With the Premier’s reputation I would like to know more about the deal to construct the new building/s. It has been obvious since the LNP took office that rural and regional Queensland would be simply ignored, as has been the case for the past 50 years. This Brisbane-centric government has shown its hand early, and I have no trouble at all predicting that it will be in a similar position to the last LNP Borbidge Queensland government, a one term mean and tricky government.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

If I may have

28.05.12

Letter to the Editor

If I may have a right of reply to Ian England of Mutarnee txt the editor 28.05.12 I would point out to him that I am not a member of any political party, however I am a strong supporter of democracy. Ian if you find Paul “piggy” Howes intelligent than that’s fair enough, I don’t it’s a free country.

As for keeping my “anti-intelligence” and “anti-labor” and “anti-union” diatribe to myself, in my humble opinion I live in a free country with relatively free speech laws. I am not anti-anything you have accused me of being. Perhaps if you knew a little more about the union movement and politics in general you may realize that the weakness and attitude of the upper echelons of the AWU actually brings down the very things you accuse me of being against.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

I am seriously wondering

27.05.12

Letter to the Editor

I am seriously wondering whether or not the general public realizes that the introduction of the carbon price on 1st July will actually be fully compensated to most Australians and the balance of the revenue raised by it will go towards establishing much more renewable energy for Australia in the fight against dangerous climate change.

In the past few years I have witnessed first hand in my our suburb and surrounding suburbs the uptake of solar water heating devices and solar power panels by ordinary Australians wishing to cut greenhouse gases to help the planet and simultaneously help themselves by lowering their cost of living by paying off these energy and money saving devices.

As we go forward and more and more Australians understand the benefits of renewable energy, contrary to Tony Abbott’s scare campaign are realizing that there is nothing to fear from the price on carbon. I believe as Australians wake up to the fact that Tony Abbott has tried to dupe them, and treat them like mugs that they will be increasingly angry with him, and finally see that he is a hollow man with no policies of his own with which to guide this great nation. He will be punished at the next federal election for his arrogance and lack of concern for his fellow Australian.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

What a disappointment

26.05.12

Letter to the Editor

What a disappointing end to the State funded solar power station in Cloncurry, a project that could have provided the town with ongoing confidence to engage in future ventures, in short it could have lead to anything.

The short sighted naivety from the LNP Queensland government has unfairly stunted growth, and therefore jobs at Cloncurry. The $5.9 million that Campbell Newman withdrew goes alongside other large cuts to rural and regional Queensland such as cuts to the TownsvilleTertiaryHospital that all North Queenslander rely upon for treatment for everything from cancer to road accidents. Public education has also been attacked, the Liberal Party has rolled the National Party and we in rural and regional Queensland are paying the consequences.

I was very worried about this scenario happening before the election, we couldn’t vote Labor but if we had our time again we should have voted for either Katter’s Australian Party or for The Greens as a protest vote. Rural and regional Queensland is feeling the back of this Brisbane centric Premier’s hand, and personally I don’t like it.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

25 May, 2012 01:36

25.05.12

Letter to the Editor

Re: State pressures striking BowenBasin miners:

Perhaps his inexperience as a State politician has led to Premier Newman’s silly remarks on the dispute taking place between BMA (BHP Billiton/Mitsubishi Alliance) in the BowenBasin and its employees. Yes, the situation is costing the State revenue which is precisely why the Premier should be advocating that the multinational company settle the EBA negotiations quickly and meet their employees at least at a half way point, and negotiate in good faith.

The Premier should remember that BMA do not get a vote, but the 3,500 miners do, and will remember the Premiers failure to support his own citizens in obtaining fair working conditions. Mr. Newman is frightened that the multinational company will simply move their operations to Mongolia; this is a very naïve and short sighted view of the situation. In fact even if (it is not a likely scenario) the company did move to Mongolia it would have to return to the Bowen Basin when the Mongolian deposits were exhausted, making our coal even more valuable than it is today, a situation that I am sure that BMA is very aware of.

This dispute concerns working conditions, not wages, and the conditions sought are reasonable. The Premier should be standing behind his own citizens and blasting BMA if he wants to see an early resolution as negotiations have already dragged on for 18 months. Workplace law demands both sides bargain in good faith, perhaps the time has arrived for the Industrial Relations Minister to become involved to move this recalcitrant multinational into the 21st century reality that Australian workers demand to be treated like human beings, not slaves.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

Facts are beginning

24.05.12

Letter to the Editor

Facts are beginning to overcome fear as more facts are revealed in relation to future investment in the coal industry in Australia. Last year Opposition Leader Abbott claimed that the carbon price would bring the “death of the coal industry” yet today near the introduction of the carbon price coming into effect we have seen the announcement of $96 Billion worth of future investment in the coal industry revealing the deceit of Mr. Abbott’s words.

I also note today that AWU National Secretary Paul Howes has been running around seeking federal government assistance for the aluminum industry on the same day that the Queensland government has approved a massive expansion for Rio Tonto of their bauxite mine. Presumably Rio Tinto has taken the carbon price into account and still feels that there is good profit to be made in mining bauxite, the basis of aluminum. In short the mining industry in Australia is going gangbusters and will remain so for at least the next few years. It will make many billionaires even wealthier than they already are, and thanks to the Gillard government and the MRRT it will also assist we ordinary Australians to benefit in the form of improved income.

In short Tony Abbott and his scare campaign are coming to an end as facts overtake his negative spin. When the carbon price actually enters the equation on 1st July Australians affected by its introduction will be fully compensated and in fact will be better off, not worse. The hollow tactics of frighten the public will show the federal opposition up to be a narrow, conservative party of non thinkers who are unable to formulate a policy to assist the Australian people and whose only real policy is a rerun of WorkChoices to once again shift the wealth of this country away from working families and into the bank accounts of the already wealthy.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

The latest OECD

23.05.12

Letter to the Editor

The latest OECD financial report shows Australia out in front of the pack with our economy leading the world in the next 2 years with low unemployment, low government debt on a GDP basis and low inflation with a huge investment pipeline for our future prosperity.

Whatever poultry points that the Federal Opposition has scored in the past 5 years it simply can’t avoid the facts that this Labor government has seen Australia through the global financial crisis in an equitable way so far with much better results than the balance of the developed world. Had the L&NP been in control of our economy in the same period of time we would more likely than not have a vastly different lifestyle at present.

That our current government has managed by various schemes to keep the Australian economy afloat and growing is an undeniable credit to them, the OECD has also recognized that the Australian budget will be back in the black this time next year, which are an incredible performance and a master class in economic management for Australian L&NP/LNP governments.

Instead of constantly knocking the Australian economy as the Opposition constantly does they should take a leaf out of Labor’s book and have faith in their nation and invest in their nation as the current federal government has, this is the way to success, not the class system advocated by the conservatives of cutting workers wages to increase the profits of the rich, but rather spread the prosperity around to all and sundry.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

Campbell Newman’s feigned outrage

23.05.12

Letter to the Editor

Campbell Newman’s feigned “outrage” that the SoO game 1 was being played in Melbourne made me laugh. Not only is this something he has absolutely no control over as it is a deal between the NRL and the Victorian government in order to promote the game in Victoria, but Campbell Newman is a former Tasmanian and probably wouldn’t have the first idea of the rules of rugby league.

Unless one recalls the injustice that used to occur between the competitions of the two States before the “origin” concept was conceived you probably don’t understand the passion that Queensland actually has to beat NSW in this sport. As a Queenslander who revels in the Mighty Maroons beating our southern cousins and restoring Queensland pride, I will be happy to see yet another series win from our blokes.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

Can there be

22.05.12

Letter to the Editor

Can there be a more boring less articulate public speaker in Australia than Paul “piggy” Howes. I have just sat through his latest speech to the National Press Club, his monotone drab offering full of outdated cliques concerning scattered subjects was only heightened by his incompetence in answering questions which followed his so called speech.

That such a person could become the National Secretary of any union only describes the lack of representation available to members from within the union he represents, and calls for much more qualified people to step up break the jingoism of the AWU.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565