Monthly Archives: August 2013

It seems as though Australia’s chance

26.08.13

Letter to the Editor

It seems as though Australia’s chance to progress further into the 21st century will be stymied by influence from the wealthy, once again. We have heard all about the negatives of the Labor government, how about the positives? Over a million Aussie homes insulated saving air conditioning costs for a start. Small business greed is the reason for the deaths that were involved with the scheme, small business not complying with safety regulations and putting young people in roofs with little or no training. First and foremost to truly bring us into the 21st century we need the NBN to be in everyone’s home to take advantage of what it offers in e-health and e-education, sadly if the polls stay as they are and voters are too frightened to take this opportunity by the throat and run with it, for their own sake and the sake of their children and grandchildren our society will be poorer for the decision into the future.

I understand that Mr Murdoch does not want the NBN for Australia however he is a citizen of the USA and should not interfere or influence the Australian public through his media outlets. The NBN is more than just a video plaything as Mr Abbott has described it, the NBN is crucial to Australia’s development and ordinary users should not have to pay the estimated $5,000 to connect with the Liberal Party’s slow broadband option.

It does not make sense to me to feed the new fibre cabling to quicken the internet for Aussies, if you then leave the old copper coupling in place from the junction box to the home, slowing the whole process down, it simply does not make sense? Of course business will be able to pay this $5,000 connection and claim it back at the end of the financial year, leaving the burden with ordinary people once again. Wake up Australia, the ALP is offering us a step into the 21st century, and the polls are suggesting ordinary people are rejecting one of the most prosperous nation building projects in Australian history. The only question I have is why?

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

following Jenny Stirling’s letter

From: shaun newman [mailto:sne35565@westnet.com.au]
Sent: Monday, 26 August 2013 1:16 PM
To: Townsville Bulletin (editorial@nqn.newsltd.com.au)
Subject: following Jenny Stirling’s letter

26.08.13

Letter to the Editor

Following Jenny Stirling’s Letter to the Editor 26.08.13 titled Liberals’ welfare plans alarms, that letter made me think about exactly what an Abbott government could try to make me do? I am disabled and was diagnosed to be disabled under the Howard government.

It seems that disability is only a word to the current Liberal Party. I understand that they despise working people who are unable to work and think that a person should be deceased if unable to contribute to society by way of making the wealthy, wealthier. However as I look through the ‘Situations Vacant’ on a weekly basis in the Townsville Bulletin, I find nothing that I would be qualified to do, even if I were able to work.

I have been diagnosed by professional psychiastrists as having Chronic Major Depression with generalised anxiety disorder, meaning among other things that I am unable to hold concentration. I have also been diagnosed as an uncontroled diabetic which in practical terms means that I must inject insulin up to five times a day at varying times, have sleep apnea and my body is littered with neuropathic pain constantly 24/7.

I image there are many more in worse condition than I am who will be forced in to the workforce though I can’t imagine what type of job we will be asked to do, I’m as obese as George Christensen from Mackay, so perhaps the only job I could do is …. A politician.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565

If this federal election

25.08.13

Letter to the Editor

If this federal election concerns trust, it would seem that the government has clearly set out its policies such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Better Schools Program (Gonski reforms) to name just a couple of initiatives whereas the LNP seem to be hiding their policies and their costings. We have seen a glimpse into LNP policy in the form of the extremely generous paid parental leave scheme which punishes 1.3 million poorer Australian families by removing the school kids bonus which enables us to afford to send our children to school, is that fair?

Mr Hockey and Mr Robb ( Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Finance Minister)have both, in the past used the $70 Billion figure as the amount that an LNP government would need to cut services and of course the people who deliver those services. Where will those cuts be made? Will they, if they were to win government, cut further into the public health budget, as Mr Abbott did when he was Health Minister in the Howard government? It is time for Aussies to think again, to think about the threat to the NDIS and to the Better Schools plan, (your child’s education) and wonder if both will be axed under an Abbott government only to achieve an accountant’s balanced ledger?

I urge all Aussie to think about change, real change for the better, not for the worse, low income families 1.3 million of us will be looking to the average voter to show some compassion and empathy for our plight and understand that the loss of the School Kids Bonus under an Abbott government will likely send us to the wall. In fact the hypocrisy is breathtaking, on one hand the LNP is saying that people have an entitlement problem, that we expect too much from government, then low and behold they bring forward one of the most generous entitlement programs on Earth for high income earners at the cost of poorer families, this is, in my humble opinion absolutely ridiculous, unfair and negates trust.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

The reverse Robin Hood philosophy

09.08.13

Letter to the Editor

The reverse Robin Hood philosophy of the LNP to take the school kids bonus from hundreds of thousands of poorer families to give big business a tax cut defies logic. If poorer families have even greater pressure upon their family budgets with the costs involved in sending children to school they are even less likely to be able to spend to help the economy.

As it stands for those of us in this bracket, our income is mainly thrown around on rent/mortgage, electricity, water, food and petrol then if there is anything left after miscellaneous items such as new tyres for our old cars to keep them roadworthy, or to repair the fridge, which we save for, we tend to bank it.

The LNP government we have in Queensland practises austerity measures and have sacked up to 16,000 public servants which means that we have very poor services especially in health and wait years for an appointment for anything seriously wrong with us. We simply will not survive if items like the school kids bonus is taken away from us.

We understand that Australian governments require more revenue to provide services, however it cannot be gotten from our bracket, it is high time governments of all political persuasions considered a wealth tax of 1.5% on the 100 wealthiest Australians to make up the balance, in the majority of cases these people enjoy legal taxation deductions in order to relieve themselves of their responsibility to pay their fair share of taxation in order to help this great nation.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

On day 3.

07.08.13

Letter to the Editor

On day 3 of the federal election campaign the LNP campaign seems as though it is in a shambles. We have seen one candidate who did not know his material, a suggest from Joe Hockey that the GST may be increased at the behest of the LNP Premiers and even broadened to include food, how will that help the existance of the working poor?

Their State collegues are doing them no favors either with the head of the Ethics committee in Queensland going through a sex scandal and possibly improper use of electoral entitlements using ‘our money’ to travel to meet his mistress.

What is it with those who think that they were ‘born to rule’ and taxpayer’s money. It though Queensland was supposed to be broke, obviously not broke enough to stop this unholy waste of ‘our money.’

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

You decide

05.08.13

Letter to the Editor

“You Decide” shouts at us through the front page on the Townsville Bulletin 05.08.13 and also provides a brief explanation of what our candidates for Herbert actually stand for, which to a degree at least counters the commercial TV network who are telling us that News Ltd newspapers have been instructed by Rupert Murdoch to favor the LNP in this election campaign.

I really can’t decide which of the parties to give my first preference to. I don’t support the conservative side of politics however I can see the value of both the KAP and the PUP to open conversations about issues that have not been spoken about before. I also like the published philosophy of both the ALP and The Green Party. I am in favor of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Disability Care Australia) and believe that a government has a responsibility to all of its citizens whether they are disabled or not.

Also I believe the NBN Co will make an enormous difference to ordinary people’s ’ives if it is allowed to go ahead in its current form. I fear a return to WorkChoices Mk2 under a coalition government, where all of the hard won benefits that Australian workers over the decades have won will be taken away, a very unfair situation for most people who rely on overtime and penalty rates to make up a decent pay packet.

We in Queensland have seen the austerity approach from our State LNP government of hospitals running on skeleton staffs and Queensland Community Health likewise for allied Health professionals. Queensland’s economy has slipped since the election of an LNP government in Queensland and I would hate the same pain to be inflicted Australia wide for all Australian’s.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au

Great news

04.08.13

Letter to the Editor

Great news for Victorian public school students as the LNP Victorian government signs up to the ‘Better Schools’ plan (Gonski) proposed by the Rudd Labor government, sadly Queensland public school students remain the odd ones out, with our LNP Newman government not following suite, even though the LNP federal leadership have back flipped and decided to support it, shame Newman shame.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au