Monthly Archives: June 2013

So, the Rudd snowball

29.06.13

Letter to the Editor

So, the Rudd snowball is gathering support as it rolls on, even on the night of the leadership change a Roy Morgan poll was conducted giving the ALP 49.5% to the LNP 50.5% very close indeed.

It was noticeable on the last sitting day of parliament that the body language from Tony Abbott had changed from the confident swagger he had, gone, which is usually the case when cowards are faced with an opponent of higher stature than themselves. On that day Kevin Rudd told Tony Abbott that negative platitudes were no longer good enough, in future he would need to produce policies. Australians chose their governments on what policies the parties offer them, in this case most of Rudd’s policies are spelt out however in the case of the LNP we know that they propose slow broadband (unless you are wealthy) 20,000 public servants to be sacked (because they would not be needed under an LNP government as they provide very little services) adding to unemployment.

Rudd’s Labor offers a continuation of services, a continuation of the school kid’s bonus and help for the disabled, and most importantly continuation of an economy which has low unemployment, low interest rates, low inflation and low debt all of which an LNP government would threaten with their lack of economic policy. The ordinary person would be subject to major cost of living increases as government services disappeared as in Queensland. The LNP howl about the price on carbon, which has been very effective in lowering carbon pollution since it was introduced in order to tackle dangerous climate change and to leave a better world for our children, as both the USA and China are moving at long last to do, they are obviously out of step, and my electricity bill advises me that the carbon price makes up only 3% of my total bill, yet the LNP talk as if it would be a major reduction in the cost of living? I don’t think so.

Kevin Rudd should be given a ‘fair go’ at prioritizing his policies, and for me, I very much hope he wins the next election.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

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Last night

27.06.13

Letter to the Editor

Last night the 26.06.13 was a great night for two resurrections; firstly our rugby league team revived its chances to go for rugby league supremacy and stayed in the game for another series win, and Kevin Rudd lifted the government into the possibility of another political victory in the coming election.

This election, voters will get the chance to vote for the person they elected in 2007 to once again run the country. This time Kevin Rudd has had time to reflect on past mistakes and will do a better job for having that experience.

The choice of Prime Minister is stark, Kevin Rudd, a man of the people or Tony Abbott a reckless negative extreme right winger, who, even if by chance he did win would be replaced very quickly as leader as we have seen in the Victorian government experience.

Let us hope Kevin Rudd announces some new innovative policies sooner rather than later to fill the void that exists from the secrecy of LNP policies. I cannot imagine working class families voting to lose benefits like the school kids bonus which helps us to send our children to school.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Watch and share this unbelievable video

The initiative, discretion and judgement shown by the poor, who realize that climate change is real, should be applauded…

Shaun.

From: David Birrell [mailto:david.birrell@ymail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 26 June 2013 8:06 AM
To: Colin Elliott; Dale Coleman; shonga; Graeme Saunders; malcolm vines; cathhy vines; Oconnell; Richard Birrell; david rowan; Mick Houlahan; Brian Birrell; richard kendall; Mark Hebel
Subject: Re: Watch and share this unbelievable video

MY place was the one with the goat tied up outsisde (dinner tonight)

Could someone please explain

26.06.13

Letter to the Editor

Could someone please explain the reluctance to use the only piece of nation building infrastructure built in the 12 years of the Howard government for the transport of coal especially from the Galilee basin, that being the Adelaide to Darwin rail link. I refer to Irwin says dredging will damage reef TB 26.06.13.

Is cost the reason, if so I don’t understand why, as the town of Alpha sits far closer to the NT border than it does to Abbott Point. I noticed in yesterday’s news that Xstrata are sacking workers as demand for coal has weakened.

With the USA President Obama declaring today that climate change will be his top priority in his second term; it is difficult to see modern economies sticking with the 19th century technology of burning coal for much longer, it seems that the USA will finally fall into line with other progressive nations such as Australia and seek to use renewable, sustainable green power to move forward, this of course is great news for Earth’s survival.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

My greatest fear

25.06.13

Letter to the Editor

My greatest fear is that an incoming Abbott government without policies will cause our economy to falter into recession. I follow politics closely especially on health and education issues and it seems that in education the LNP are harking back to the Colombo plan of the 1950s. Surely in this 21st century we need to be progressing, not being frightened by progress that is being offered such as NBN, school upgrades and education progress to keep us at the forefront of the Asian century. Do the conservatives think that Asia will stand still and wait for us to catch up? If they do I have bad news for them and any of Australia’s population who votes for them.

In a decade we will be asking why are we doing so poorly in the world, why is unemployment so high, and why is our economy lagging behind the rest of the world, the answer will be we saved some money by electing an LNP government in 2013, after only 6 years of Labor government, we switched back to out-dated methods and philosophies. Good luck Australia, I really hope you don’t follow the greatest trick the devil ever played on Australians by convincing the workers to vote for the rich.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Oh how my heart bleeds

From: shaun newman [mailto:sne35565@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 22 June 2013 1:24 PM
To: Townsville Bulletin (editorial@nqn.newsltd.com.au)
Subject: Oh how my heart bleeds

22.06.13

Letter to the Editor

Oh how my heart bleeds for the wealthy who will lose their subsidy on their private health insurance re What about cost of living, Cathy TB 22.06.13.

Subsidies need to exist for those of us who otherwise could not afford to survive, pensioners and low income families, it is expected that the wealthy are able to pay their own way, free of government hand-outs. Perhaps Mr. Dillon should think of the stores people, the shop assistants who serve him when he buys groceries or clerks who process his business transactions, these are the people who actually need subsidies, or perhaps Mr. Dillon would rather serve himself at the various locations such as lunch, petrol for the car and the many other activities that poorly paid people perform.

Those who should complain the loudest hardly utter a peep it seems, while those who are already well off don’t seem to be able to stop complaining. My advice to wealthy people is to get on enjoying your life while you have it and cease and desist with the whinging, especially in Townsville, you live in the best part of the world, can afford any and everything unlike the majority of people. Do us all a favor.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

I am so ashamed

20.06.13

Letter to the Editor

I am so ashamed of Australian culture in relation to the lack of respect for women at the moment. I don’t just mean the ADF scandals or the amount of rapes lately including Jill Maher in Victoria’s rape and murder but the increase of hostility toward the lady in our highest elected office, it’s disgusting and it is bring down Australia’s “fair go” ethic.

Australians have always had the “fair go” in our veins however it seems as though influence from outside Australia has cheapened our outlook and changed our priorities, to me, this is completely unacceptable and is definitely un-Australian, wake up good people, and smell the roses.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Queensland may well

17.06.13

Letter to the Editor

Queensland may very well win yet another Origin series this year, with the return to form of Jonathon Thurston and Matt Scott and that will be again something special especially as it may be achieved against the strongest side that NSW has picked in the past 8 years, however It will be NSW who has the last laugh.

The NSW government has signed up to the Gonski reforms for their school children which means that in the future they will be bigger, faster, fitter and importantly smarter than our players. If only our Premier had the faith in our children that the NSW Premier has in his State’s children?

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au