Monthly Archives: July 2012

Because yet another

27.07.12

Letter to the Editor

Because yet another lunatic living in the most dysfunctional society on Earth decides to dress up as The Joker and murder a dozen more innocent people while they watch a Batman movie, why does the Australian media need to repeat and analyze the story over and over again.

The most frightening aspect of Australian life is that while most of us are watching the news nightly on TV, some of us are watching a cartoon from the heart of this dysfunctional society which demonstrates to children how to disrespect their parents, and for parents to disrespect others.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

So, Campbell Newman

26.07.12

Letter to the Editor

So, Campbell Newman and his LNP Queensland government are broke and can no longer afford Fanfare for budding players of musical instruments in State schools in Queensland, saving around $147.000 from the Education budget of how much?

There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the mass sacking of 20.000 public servants in this State by late August except to remove 20,000 wage earners from supporting their respective families as a fully staffed public service tends to provide the services that tax paying Queenslanders expect from their contribution of fortnightly taxation contributions from their own pay packet.

Mr. Newman has shown his hand relatively early in his three year term to reduce services via reducing public servants, a very sad outcome for those 20.000 families who will be tipped into financial disaster, but for whom LNP ideology must triumph over reality.

One wonders whether or not the LNP State government in Queensland will be cutting funding to private schools as well as his approach to our public schools at which 66% of students study? Health will be another department that will receive the razor gang treatment. Our hospitals are already understaffed with the promise of even more cuts to come; it will be a skeleton service that remains to care for our elderly in crisis, car accident victims or those with chronic health problems, just to balance the bottom line.

While this chaos continues can anyone enlighten me as to where the Queensland Minister for the Environment stands whilst confronting the situation at Yabulu nickel treatment plant where toxic waste from the tailings dams are in a process of being emptied into our magnificent Halifax Bay?

The LNP would do well to remember that they were elected to serve the Queensland people, not the other way around. If their performance continues in this shabby style I can see them emulating the Borbidge government in the early 1990s which finished its tenure as a one term government.

Three long years will continue to build up resentment for your uncaring lack of empathy for ordinary Queenslander’s and the struggle we will now have to live through, but rest assured we will not forget this treachery come the next election. Just when I thought you could stoop no lower, you remove the $6.50 supplement paid to taxi drivers for recompense for the work they do at each end of the journey for quadriplegic people, who are unable to help themselves.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court,

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

There is a penalty

13.07.12

Letter to the Editor

There is a penalty for dumping rubbish at the side of the road; the penalty exists for many reasons including health and safety, quite apart from the untidy spectacle that would occur if that were to happen. So it is that now a penalty exists on those who would pollute the air we breathe with carbon pollution, namely a price on carbon or simply a penalty on emitting huge amounts of carbon pollution in to our otherwise relatively clean air.

The utter nonsense that Tony Abbott has been spreading for the past 18 months such as Whyalla would disappear off the map, the coal industry would cease to operate, that unimaginable cost of living increases would follow, and none of these predictions have come to pass with the introduction of the price on carbon paid by the big polluters. Australia does need policies that will go some way in limiting carbon pollution emissions by 5% by 2020. Mr. Abbott’s credibility is now at zero unless he and his party are able to produce a policy capable of meeting the target of 5% reduction by 2020 (only 8 years from now) as agreed to by both the ALP and the Coalition.

For their many failings the two major parties do make mistakes in some areas however I consider the price on carbon as one of the few nation building policies for the future wellbeing of our children and their children that our generation are able to institute. Unless or until the Coalition LNP are able to explain and develop suitable policy in this area they continue to lag behind and play Russian roulette with our children’s future which is not a position that I or many other thinking Australians can or will support.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

Whyalla

01.07.12

Letter to the Editor

Whyalla hasn’t been wiped off the map, but the time has arrived for all Australians to be responsible with the use of power. Those little things that everyone should already do such as turn the lights off when leaving an empty room and have the parental responsibility to teach children from the time they are toddlers to do likewise. It’s only common sense, why would you leave a light burning for Mr. Nobody? It doesn’t make sense does it?

This should not be seen as some great sacrifice, rather as just doing the right thing. Climate Change is potentially devastating for our grand children’s future, why then would we not want to be responsible with our use of energy on their behalf? Australians should be proud that we have as a nation lessened our dependence on energy in a number of ways such as being more responsible over the past two decades despite some stragglers, and with the installation of solar water heaters and power panels.

In the future carbon pollution will play a part in world trade and those countries not accepting their responsibility to use energy properly will see punishments handed out via international trade agreements, Australia is a trading nation and we can do well from putting a price on carbon pollution, it won’t hurt the overwhelming majority of us so let’s get in and make a difference.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565