Monthly Archives: June 2012

Whyalla

26.06.12

Letter to the Editor

Whyalla wiped off the map, the death of the coal industry, unimaginable cost of living increases, all predicted by the most negative Leader of the Opposition in my living memory. Have they occurred? No, of course they haven’t. This blowhard is not fit to be the Leader of the Opposition, the LNP should elect someone as leader who is more moderate, more sensible, and more realistic and who can organize the LNP to develop a few policies instead of adopting this negative façade.

The Australian economy is second to none at this point in time globally, we are doing well, all the economic indicators are positive, and it is only Tony Abbott who is negative. The Australian community is sick of being told untruths when we are in fact world leaders and should be proud of the way we as a community have responded to the Global Financial Crisis, Mr. Abbott has tried to rob us of the self confidence we so rightly deserve.

The federal Labor government has made a few mistakes as any and every government does, however the low income families and pensioners, while struggling, have had things to help us along the way that we would never have had from a conservative government such as help with the costs of education for our children and help with cost of living matters.

The time has arrived to ignore the negative comments from the Opposition Leader and concentrate on reality for a change. It is the State LNP governments who are hiking the prices of electricity and other cost of living increases, we need to shift focus and demand a better deal from them. When push comes to shove the LNP offer no policies to tackle the issues facing us, their only policy is to attack the wages and conditions of working people, that’s not good enough, create some good policy we approve of or disappear.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

There is no doubt

25.06.12

Letter to the Editor

There is no doubt that Tony Abbott is a blowhard, and a would be bully as I viewed Question Time in parliament today 25.06.12, however he does not react well when asked questions about LNP involvement in the Peter Slipper Affair. It seems fair to say that Tony Abbott has blood on his hands following the recent deaths at sea north of Christmas Island as he still refuses to compromise on border protection policy with the government which as an end result sees these refugees risk life and limb trying to reach Australia for a better life for themselves.

The government suggests that Mr. Abbott is still spitting the dummy because the LNP did not win the 2010 election, if this is the case he would be a very unsuitable Prime Minister for this country. I have watched Question Time many times and am yet to see the LNP ask a question concerning policy or indeed, offer any policy of their own. Perhaps the time has arrived for this hollow federal opposition to take the time to formulate a policy other than WorkChoices.

We Queenslander’s voted a State branch of the LNP into government to rid ourselves of a Labor government with the knowledge that the LNP had no policies. As a result we now have a State in absolute bedlam with a government without a clue; we surely won’t make the same mistake at the next federal election having seen the lack of performance from the Newman government.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph; 0747516184

Email – sne35565

This is precisely the problem

19.06.12

Letter to the Editor

This is precisely the problem in electing political party’s who don’t have clear policy direction set out as a plan on what they would do if they were to win government such as the current situation in Queensland. Three long months have now been wasted on inaction except to freeze staffing levels at already understaffed hospitals.

Yes we wanted a change, however it seems the price we will end up paying may be worse than if we had allowed the hopeless Qld ALP to continue in office. Lord knows the Qld ALP have learnt nothing from the experience of being unceremoniously dumped, as they have not taken any steps to reconstruct their party on a better model and it remains largely an undemocratic organization run largely by the conservative AWU and its faction.

Local members of the LNP government seem to be frozen in time and do not speak unless given permission from their leader in Brisbane. Queenslanders knew what our debt was months before the election at $64 Billion yet the only reaction from the government is to sell more assets? They truly are conservative in their thought patterns.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

In the days

17.06.12

Letter to the Editor

In the days prior to the Whitlam government 1972-75 education funding in this nation was as it should be with governments funding public schools which they are primarily responsible for, and private schools funding themselves. Suddenly we had the government subsidizing private enterprise schools that were mainly attended by the well to do students from wealthy backgrounds, who were affording the expense quite easily before Whitlam wrongly extended funding. These schools at the time were simply the opportunity for students to meet other wealthy students for networking later in life for business opportunities.

With government funding the wealthier of the wealthy private enterprise schools they (the schools) didn’t quite know how to spend the allocation from government and so put in an extra gymnasiums or an extra swimming pools as well as the most up to date teaching aids, which of course the public system could now only dream of having. The Gonski Report recently bought down recommendations to close the widening gap between the wealthy private schools and the public system schools who are lagging behind in all aspects including school maintenance and up to date teaching aids, gymnasiums and swimming pools are a rarity at a public school.

With 66% of all students attending public schools it is only fair that at least 66% of the funding should go to the public system which is the governments main responsibility, furthermore policy as it stands at present means that the government is actually funding schools run by the Amanda Margi sect and the USA cult, the Assembly of God, this should be unacceptable to ordinary taxpayers. Public schools have fallen behind in the 40 years since this policy was adopted and its time it finished. Private enterprise should be able to stand on it own feet, if it is unable to do so it goes bankrupt, it is that simple.

I cannot see for the life of me why 66% of students should suffer for the other 34%? If people want to choose to send their children to private schools they should be prepared to accept the responsibility of funding that exercise.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

From the time Peter Costello

15.06.12

Letter to the Editor

From the time Peter Costello was nominated to the job of auditing Queensland’s finances we knew we would get a politicized report. As it turned out Queenslanders still don’t know how much the State debt actually is, instead we have a sensationalized report of how much future debt would be if nothing were done.

This is pure unadulterated political spin by a past master of political spin and fails to address the questions that Queenslander’s wanted answers to. If the LNP Newman government is going to play silly buggers with Queenslander’s then they can expect to emulate the previous LNP Borbidge government and be a one term government.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

I was reading last Saturday’s

15.06.12

Letter to the Editor

I was reading last Saturday’s Rockhampton Morning Bulletin 9th June under the headline No worries for Oz in global show of winners and losers the article went on to give global examples of the economic plight of different countries including Australia.

It was clearly shown by annual GDP growth that countries like the USA had growth of 2.0 per cent, others such as France 0.0 per cent while Spain had a contraction of growth of -0.4 per cent, Greece -6.20 per cent while Australia’s growth was the healthiest of 4.3 per cent with a low unemployment figure of 5.1 per cent.

The planet is still suffering from the 2008 global financial crisis four years on, the only reason Australia is doing so well is that the federal government met the challenge head on in 2008 with good economic management including the stimulus package offered at that time. We tend to overlook how well our nation is performing in the global sense because especially for low income family’s things remain tight, however they could be a lot worse.

We have much to thank this federal government for despite the ravings of the Opposition Leader we remain out in front of the pack. The scare campaign run by the federal opposition is about to come to an abrupt halt when the community realize that he has duped them on the carbon price.

We still live in the lucky country despite the billionaires squealing because they have to pay some tax for digging up resources that belong to every Australian, don’t be fooled; those who are being asked to pay can well afford to pay.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

3 June, 2012 23:18

04.06.12

Letter to the Editor

Re: MPs slam UNESCO report. Townsville Bulletin 04.06.12.

We all know that Ewen Jones and George Christensen are very much pro coal mining export as is their right to be, however I feel on this occasion they may be overreacting to the situation at hand. To quote Mr. Christensen “ I actually find it offensive that the UN think they can tell us in North Queensland what development we can have and what we can’t, if it’s managed well, coastal development does not necessarily mean it’s intruding on the reef.” and I agree with him.

The key here is in the management which at this point is being handled well by the Gillard government, however as the intensity of this industry grows it will be increasingly important to put in place further safeguards to protect our Great Barrier Reef, one on the 7 natural wonders of the world. The reef directly employs some 60,000 Australians via the tourist industry, any accident with bulk freighters carrying coal could spell disaster for the industry and the Australian economy and as such all practical measures must be employed to minimize the chances of such a disaster.

As traffic grows in these bulk freighters, as the industry grows it may well become essential to have these freighters guided through the reef by pilot boats crewed by our own local captains who know the reef like the back of their hands. After all these foreign ships in a lot of cases are strangers to our waters and can make mistakes, which would of course be disastrous for the lively hoods of our local business operators. I’d suggest that the MPs concerned have a Bex and a good lay down, then help the situation by adding constructive suggestions as to how we can protect our Great Barrier Reef. We have a responsibility to the world to protect Australia’s natural wonder.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565