Monthly Archives: May 2012

It has taken 40 years

19.05.12

Letter to the Editor,

It has taken 40 years of advocacy and a report from the Productivity Commission to get to a point in Australian life whereby the disabled in our nation will at last be looked after and treated as human beings should treat our fellow human beings with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The scheme has the backing of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as one of few bipartisan agreements with the Labor government.

Enter Joe Hockey after returning from a holiday to Britain (probably a taxpayer funded trip) who tells us in a speech to the National Press Club that he does not support the scheme on advice from his British counterparts. The L&NP had better decide who leads their coalition, Abbott or Hockey because a back flip in coalition support at this time could cost the coalition a lot of votes from ordinary Aussies who have compassion for the disabled.

The Australian parliament has long been independent from the British parliament, Australia makes her own decisions, and we don’t follow the British any longer. If Joe Hockey wants to follow the British he is welcome to do so in his own time, not in ours. This nation elects politicians to care for the Australian people and the NDIS has been a long time in the waiting, if Hockey can’t respect his leaders decisions and support them, he should resign his front bench job.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

Joe Hockey

18.05.12

Letter to the Editor

Joe Hockey has been trained as a lawyer in his past life before he came to the federal parliament and knows very well that words can be used as bullets. Why then did he take aim at one of the most disenfranchised groups in society when he addressed the National Press Club this week, by ruling out support that his leader Tony Abbott had previously given to the National Disability Insurance Scheme?

Anyone, including some of Mr. Hockey’s own colleague’s has fallen to the “black dog” that is depression which is but one of the reasons that people become disabled, car accidents, workplace accidents none of us really know when our number is up and we may become disabled for a short time or possibly permanently. The NDIS does have merit.

Soldiers are returning from overseas duty with an increasing number of them suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from which some do recover and some do not. It seems a terrible ask to send people overseas in our defence but if or when they suffer depression or disablement of any kind as a result of their service their government is content to shove them on a disability pension without further help, seems to me to be a fairly shoddy approach. The same goes for all workers in all situations, there should be a system to help those affected.

I commend Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan in their attempt to establish a mechanism to intervene on behalf of those disabled people and try at least to return them to a productive working life or at least provide what help can be provided. While I am aware that the community as a whole are under significant pressure in their own lives and do not have time to be considerate to the disabled I would have thought that our governments both State and Federal would have considered the welfare of their citizens enough to at least have spoken to the federal government and been keen to participate. Hope is the only commodity that the disabled have.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

This nonsense

16.05.12

Letter to the Editor

This nonsense concerning so called “class warfare” because those working people on or above $83,000 per annum do not receive benefits that low and middle income earners receive is a furphy.

Welfare has only ever been meant to help those who cannot help themselves, many years ago my wife and I were both working on very modest incomes, and together we were quite proud that we did not need to rely on government handouts. The times have changed for us, and now sadly we do need to rely on the compassion of our fellow Australian in order to survive, for which we are very grateful.

Those workers who earn high incomes should be proud of themselves rather than worry themselves about a few hundred dollars we low to medium income families receive to help us with the education of our children. Remember please that we live our lives nowhere near the standard that high income earners do, we simply struggle from week to week trying to juggle bills, where high income earners are actually living a life.

Most of us have accepted our lot in life, don’t mind how much money you earn, where you go or what you do, in return please be gracious enough to allow us a few little trinkets from the government in order to survive.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

I cannot remember

11.05.12

Letter to the Editor

I cannot remember a shiftier leadership team than Abbott, Hockey, Bishop and Pyne, they really don’t inspire confidence as the leaders of an alternative government and:

We Australians don’t need to look very far to have confidence in Gillard, Swan, Wong and Combet and their economic management of our nation’s affairs. Look at the world, and nations in it who would give their right arms to have an economy like ours. We have 4.9% unemployment (most economists consider 5% as full employment), inflation at below 2%, a decreasing deficit which only came about due to the Global Financial Crisis which is ongoing globally and which the conservatives like to pretend never happened and does not continue to happen.

Australians want their government to act on dangerous climate change and a price on carbon is the best option for average Australian families who will be compensated for the carbon price in the same way in which we were for the conservative introduction of the GST.

It seems that ordinary Aussies have again fallen for yet another scare campaign from the federal coalition Reds under the beds with regards to the carbon price, a situation that will not come to pass and will very soon be seen to be a confidence trick from Tony Abbott.

Lastly the benefit to low income families of a payment to assist with the education of their children actually helps the community produce good scholars and is the right thing to do. The coalition seem to be saying that the $5,000 “baby bonus” which came from a conservative government would be wisely spent by the recipients yet the payment for school children of $410 for primary and $820 for high school children will be squandered by the same people now that their babies are old enough to attend school? This is of course nonsense. The federal Opposition and its current leader are out of credibility, negative, negative; negative is no way to govern a nation. If only the ALP could restructure its administration in both Queensland and New South Wales and make the party more democratic in those State branches.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

I was so happy

10.05.12

Letter to the Editor

I was so happy to read in the Townsville Bulletinthat Townsville has applied to be one of four centres to roll out the National Disability Insurance Scheme; I note that our local member Ewen Jones is very much in favor of the NDIS.

The care of disabled people in our community is long overdue and it certainly would be helpful to the scheme if Townsville or another regional centre were involved along with a rural centre as disablement is not the sole domain of metropolitan cities like Brisbane or Sydney.

Disablement can occur from birth or intervene at the most unwelcome time in life, it is essential that we treat all Australians with dignity no matter how or when this most unwelcome situation occurs. I sincerely hope that the NDIS incorporates mental as well as physical disability and provides help in both areas as help in both areas is desperately needed.

I lost the ability to provide for my wife and family at age 42, even on my humble clerical wage, under classified as I was, I would have earned enough to have my home finished and been able to save for an education fund for my daughter, now both dreams are now lost, as are those of working people injured at and/or because of the workplace.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

9 May, 2012 04:22

09.05.12

Letter to the Editor

The winners from this year’s federal budget are families, low and middle income earners, small business and the disabled; frankly those brackets include most of the Australian population, so in that sense the 5th Swan budget has been a good one for most Australians.

It is a pity that the Liberal National Parties/party could not agree for a small tax cut for business in general, however the sharing of the MRRT with ordinary families will see retail business improve as a result. One must remember that Australia remains in the grip of the Global Financial Crisis as does the rest of the world and government revenue has slowed, therefore as the global economy heals there may be another chance for a modest tax cut in the business sector in the future, the Treasurer has certainly welcomed ongoing discussion with the business community on this matter.

For ordinary working Australians, and those of us who remain permanently disabled, we have at last had some recognition, the first in many years, the beginning of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is a godsend, at last every Australian counts. The adjustment Family Tax Benefit Part A will be greatly appreciated by those positively affected by this reform.

The Gillard governments have come good at last through the 5th Swan budget for the battlers of this nation, and may have indeed saved the Gillard government from extinction at the next election. If the subject is the Bruce Highway, the Labor government has spent twice as much in its 5 years as the previous L&NP Howard government spent on it in the preceding 12 years, and continues to improve the most dubious black spots on the highway.

The Gillard government remains a lower taxing government than its L&NP predecessor and has no plans over the forward estimates to increase taxation; in fact it remains steady over the next four years, earning its triple star rating from all three world ratings agencies, one of only 8 nations on Earth to do so. It seems purely on the management of our economy I will have to swing back to Labor, federally at least.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565