Monthly Archives: July 2013

Please don’t get me wrong

30.07.13

Letter to the Editor

Please don’t get me wrong, I like Ewen Jones, in my humble opinion he is a loveable larrikin and a good bloke, it is just that again in my humble opinion we need more of our federal representative than Ewen has to give.

In North Queensland (from Sarina to the Torres Straight) we have four federal representatives, Warren Entsch, Bob Katter, Ewen Jones and George Christiansen all conservatives who have done very little to advance the North Queensland cause in recent years.

We need a federal representative who actually gives a damn about the North, who, regardless of who happens to be in power at the time will knock on Minister’s doors and advocate for improvement in our part of the world. We need a representative who will advocate an improvement to the Bruce Highway to begin in Cairns, not Brisbane, we need a major power station preferably hydro or solar (sadly the Queensland LNP government has sold the rights to build the Burdekin Dam Hydro Electricity scheme to a New Zealand government company) to take advantage of our abundant water and sunshine up here.

If we continue to do what we have always done we will no doubt get the same result, it’s time to change our thought patterns and demand attention, perhaps that may be through Bob Katter’s idea of a northern state, but it must begin at this election, we have been ignored for far too long and now is the time to express our frustration at the lack of progress in our area.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

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If the weekend bulletin

20.07.13

Letter to the Editor

If the Weekend Bulletin poll is any guide it seems that the Rudd jugernaught has hit the seat of Herbert with an overwhelming number of people polled saying that Labor can win the seat of Herbert, it looks like a big swing is on in Queensland, of course the conservatives (LNP) are not assisted by their colleagues at the State level with their austerity cuts to our services.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

The average person

18.07.13

Letter to the Editor

The average person must really wonder at the attitude of the LNP when they read on page 10 Townsville Bulletin 18.07.13 ‘Billions to fund Bruce’s repair’ where Tony Abbott promises to fund the repair of the Bruce Highway to the tune of $6.7 Billion, given that when formerly in government for 12 years they spent only $1.3 Billion in all that time.

One becomes very suspicious of this pledge given that on page 12 of the same edition of the Townsville Bulletin we see a statement from Deputy Premier Seeney referring to other major infrastructure (the CopperString project) as I quote “Government needs to be a facilitator of that, rather than a doer of that.” Who is telling the truth on government’s role in major infrastructure, the federal Opposition Leader, or the Queensland Deputy Premier?

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph; 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

My gratitude goes to Dan

Could anyone who is interested in this subject of ‘pollie pay’ please give me some feedback as to my ideas please?

Shaun.

From: shaun newman [mailto:sne35565@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, 13 July 2013 8:40 AM
To: Townsville Bulletin (editorial@nqn.newsltd.com.au)
Subject: My gratitude goes to Dan

13.07.13

Letter to the Editor

My gratitude goes to Dan and Cameron from True North Solar who installed extra panels for us last Friday to cope with the 22.6% increase in electricity costs from the LNP Newman State government. A very professional job was done, and I have never before seen such after sales service as you two gentlemen provided, you are a credit to the business that you work for.

While on costs, in relation to the Queensland ‘pollie pay’ scandal, personally I believe appointing a person to head the inquiry into the scandal who is themselves grossly overpaid will ensure the result that the LNP are looking for, which is a continuation of the 41.9% pay increase.

I feel a better way to base politicians pay would be as a multiplier effect of the average weekly earnings of Queenslander’s. For example a backbencher would receive the average weekly earnings of Queenslander’s multiplied by three, in the case of Minister’s multiply by four, and for the Premier multiply by five, of course linked to inflation and reviewed twice per year. With the perks there should be limited travel within Australia so that the MP could see first-hand an innovation happening elsewhere within Australia that may be able to be applied to his/her electorate and lastly one overseas trip per term to likewise see an innovation that may help his/her electorate.

I feel the basing of politicians pay tied to the State’s average weekly earnings would bring the public and the politicians closer together.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Brrrr

09.07.13

Letter to the Editor

Brrrr..it is the middle of winter in Townsville our temperature range today is 16-28 yes we live in the tropics but even so for this time of year it is exceptionally warm. Tony Abbott could well be correct when he says about climate science that it’s all crap, ah well, just reporting from Townsville, freezing, apparently!

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

After seeing that

07.07.13

Letter to the Editor

After seeing that a compilation of recent opinion polls giving the ALP an 8 seat gain in the coming federal election in Queensland, as a backlash against the austerity policies of the Newman LNP Queensland government I thought back to the election campaign when Mr. Newman said that public servants had nothing to fear from him and that he and his party would actually lower of cost of living for us.

Forward two years, in the first year of the LNP government the LNP sacked 14,000 plus public servants and has consistently sacked more delivering much less services from the public service, meaning those of us on low incomes have had to pay privately for services that we can’t afford. Then in the second year the LNP government increased the electricity charges by a whopping 22.6% and in addition gave themselves a 41% pay increase so that a backbench State MP is on $194,000 per annum.

No wonder Queenslanders have had enough of the LNP, since they have been in government in Queensland, they have stripped services to the bone, as the federal Opposition Leader Abbott said he would also do. We can’t chance an Abbott government, as any further reduction in services would push some families to the wall. Enough is enough.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Japanese Ingenuity — Save your plastic ~~~

Subject: Japanese Ingenuity — Save your plastic ~~~

When an invention like this is already up and working why don’t our governments have them installed everywhere….instead of taxing us on emissions

Subject: Japanese Ingenuity — Save your plastic ~~~

SOUND UP !!
Japanese Ingenuity — Save your plastic ~~~ This is one of the most amazing emails and break-through in Technology I have ever seen!!!
Why aren’t we doing this now????
I think we should all do what we can to save what we are destroying! Not surprised at this at all, just a case of Japanese ingenuity and perseverance. What is more important would be the marketing and very low cost to make it mandatory to have one of these in every home. The sound is all in Japanese. Just read the subtitles and watch. What a great discovery!

http://www.youtube.com/embed/qGGabrorRS8?rel=0

I offer some comforting facts

03.07.13

Letter to the Editor

I offer some comforting facts for conservatives re the price on carbon. Business does not pay the price on carbon unless they are polluters, the most at risk section of the community being low paid workers and pensioners have been compensated. On the examination of my power bill it states that only 3% of the price is attributed to carbon pricing. Businesses simply add any extra they pay in electricity bills to the price of their goods, which has been very little in the 12 months that it has been in operation a mere 0.7% rise in the cost of living.

On the other hand, your party in Queensland has just increased to price of power by 22.6% which encourages many of us to go solar in response. The conservative LNP voters may also be interested in knowing that over 1.1 million homes have invested in solar in Australia, even the Queensland Premier, despite his criticism of those who have installed solar, has solar on his roof. One need not be a millionaire to install solar, simply do what we did and pay it off, the cost savings help one to repay the loan. The big polluters should pay the price on carbon which is actually happening and is having the desired effect of reducing the filth in our atmosphere that we breathe.

Lastly, I would like to thank the LNP for investigating into former Bligh government legislation to look for loopholes to enable Queensland politicians to receive a 41% pay increase, some of us could only dream of earning $57,000 per annum but to enable politicians to claim a 41% pay increase really does show the conservative philosophy of bugger you mate, I’m alright.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au