Monthly Archives: June 2014

Many of we

 

30.06.14

Letter to the Editor

Many of we damaged former lifters who are now aged or disabled are increasingly concerned that the leaners in corporate Australia who avoid paying their fair share of taxation are getting away scott free and won’t be chased for their fair contribution to our nation.

We current and former lifters want the return of the Aussie ‘fair go’ to apply to ‘all’ Australians. The way the current Queensland and federal governments are treating us is horrendous, it’s as if we were not doing or hadn’t done the heavy lifting for this nation in our past working lives. Is this all there is to life in Australia in the 21st century, work your guts out for an employer and when you wear out, be thrown on the scrap heap with no rights or recognition?

I doubt very much that the average Australian approves of the ideology of the LNP at either level of government, or in local government for that matter. I choose to believe that the average Aussie is eagerly awaiting a strong leader from the centre-left of the political spectrum to lead us out of the abyss created by the current governments. Aussie ‘mateship’ is legendary forged in the hardest of times; I don’t believe this philosophy has disappeared.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

The accumulation of clutter

27.06.14
Letter to the Editor
The accumulation of clutter seems to be a 21st century illness that harks back to a time when ordinary people had very little in the way of personal possessions such as the time of the Great Depression and this seems to have left a residual effect either by genetics or by simply demonstration to modern middle aged people who have again passed this personality trait down through the generations to their children. It is a disturbing site to behold.
I wonder is a housekeeping course still run in the school curriculum as I see plenty of evidence that such a course could be beneficial especially to teenagers boys and girls who could really use the ability to find a place for things and learn how to use an item and then return it to the place from whence it came. That alone would save the average teenager a half an hour per day, before we discussed organizing a place for all their possessions in the beginning.
It would seem that the children are not being taught these things at home these days, basically because their parent/s themselves were not taught and find it difficult to pass neatness, tidiness and organization down to their children as they themselves were not taught and never learnt. This is leading to situations whereby when visiting friends, one does not know in which direction to look to avoid rising blood pressure at the site of clutter laden houses.
Is this a by-product of 21st century stress where lifestyles are being pushed to the maximum? Or are there other factors at work? Either way it seems that clutter is slowly taking over to the detriment of civilized, organized neatness and tidiness, and I for one don’t like it.
Regards,
Shaun Newman

the reckless abandonment

27.06.14
Letter to the Editor
The reckless abandonment of policies in favour of the common good, and the adoption of policies in favour of the extremely wealthy and multibillion dollar companies characterises this LNP government, that is, to say the least very unfair and against everything the Australian “fair go” stands for.
It is common therefore to see Tony Abbott with a 30% approval rating as preferred Prime Minister and his mean and tricky party also unpopular at around the 46% mark. It is a watershed moment in Australian politics, as the first year of this much hated government approaches, much in the same vein as were the Sir Joh LNP days in Queensland where corruption was rife and only ended with the Fitzgerald Inquiry, where, a couple of generations of uninitiated new voters were required to wonder if the LNP could be any better than what they had. Well, they have had their answer in both Queensland and Australia, to the detriment of the public at large. Queensland needs another visit from Tony Fitzgerald before our State slips back to those bad ole days with only two years of stewardship of our hopeless LNP State government. (It seems like forever)
This nation desperately needs a leader or leaders with a positive vision for our future, leaders with innovation and progress in mind, leaders who can think outside of the square and initiate new technology ideas and simplify our lives instead of adding confusion and fear. It is in times such as these that really genuine people who are committed to the common good step up to be counted. We have an appalling absence currently in the political ranks with the federal parliament appearing to contain only one man who will speak up for the whole population including low income earners and pensioners, he is a Scottish Australian. But alas, he is in in the Senate, not a candidate for the leadership of the Opposition.
Tony Abbott and his LNP are trying their best to undo whatever progress has been made in recent years, with these grossly outdated philosophies Australia could return to steam trains as the Prime Minister says his vision for our future lies in 18th century technology (coal) which adds to climate change (a science he knows little about, and doesn’t want to know more) no wonder Australia is currently the pariah of the international family, while the other 19 members of the G20 are trying to lower their emissions, here are our LNP government adding to their woes.
Regards,
Shaun Newman

The North Queensland chapter

26.06.2014

Letter to the Editor

The North Queensland chapter of the LNP seem to have lost the plot, they are squabbling among themselves about issues as diverse as insurance to the proposed development of Northern Australia. The NQ section of the party is in a shambles refer to Townsville Bulletin – MP’s claims rubbished25.06.14 as an example. Add to that a long term LNP NQ Senator threatening to vote against his own party on the floor of parliament and you have a collection of party office holders who are out of touch with their population.

The Abbott government claims a mandate for doing what it promised to do before the last election, this “mandate” idea was lost as soon as Treasurer Hockey rose to his feet to deliver the most unfair and disgraceful budget in Australian history. All bets were off from that time forward, the farcical invention of a “debt & deficit disaster” has been well and truly debunked. It has now become abundantly clear that these austerity measures were/are not required and that if anything, the only part of the budget that needed some attention was the revenue side of the ledger. It has been revealed that upward of $60 billion in profits are squirrelled away to overseas tax havens every year without paying the rightful amount of taxation to our nation. “Mandate” is ridiculous when you cut $80 billion to health and education funding for ordinary Australians, whilst leaving the taxation loopholes open for unscrupulous tax dodging companies to exploit.

These austerity measures hit the poorest Aussies the hardest, those of us who splash our $575 a fortnight around on such luxuries’ as food, electricity bills, doctor’s visits and the petrol required to acquire those goods and services for our outrageous lifestyles. The unemployed are even worse off on their miserable “Newstart” payments. The federal LNP are ably assisted by their Queensland State counterparts in the “war against the poor” by regular increases in electricity charges (the last rise 13%) and of course regular increases in their parliamentary remuneration (pay packets), enough is enough, it’s time to rid ourselves of this LNP scourge once and for all, they are now controlled by their ultra-right wing faction which borders on fascism.

Regards,

Shaun Newman

Not wishing to repeat

24.06.14
Letter to the Editor,
Not wishing to repeat myself, however, I must yet again complain, as the Australian public continues to complain about the LNP federal budget, a full 6 weeks after its reading to the parliament. Protests continue and quite rightly so against the worst budget that has ever been presented to the Australian people and under false pretences no less. This budget robs the many to pay the few.
The savage attack on ordinary everyday Aussie families is disgusting, the cuts to public health and education unwarranted and unneeded, the robbery of concessions to pensioners is a disgrace and for the first time in Australian history we now have LNP politicians pushing so hard against the population that they have had to hire bodyguards, such is their guilt that they seem to believe that someone will harm them, all I want to do is to vote them out, good riddance to bad rubbish I say.
In my local newspaper the Townsville Bulletin I notice another old LNP project returning to bite them on the bum, in the form of Port Hinchinbrook and the squalid Williams Corporation development that the public has paid for, many times in many ways and look set, under the State LNP government to pay again. This is private enterprise at its ugliest, from the word go, it has been all about “privatize the profit, and socialize the debt” so that the profit went to private hands and the mess is left to the public (in the form of governments, local and State) to clean up, as so many “developments” are. If we re-elect LNP governments we will surely see much more of this unfairness perpetuated for the good of the few and at the cost of the many.
Regards, Email – sne35565@westnet.com.au
Shaun Newman

Crisafulli fires up

 

21.06.14

Letter to the Editor

Crisafulli fires up in debate on coal Townsville Bulletin 21.06.14 why is it that the Queensland LNP Local Government Minister like so many others in his party persists in perpetuating the myth that coal fired power stations are good for us and a “must” to provide affordable power to North Queensland, when science suggests exactly the opposite? The Snowy River Hydro Electricity Scheme was a nation building project from the 20th century that continues to provide affordable electricity currently in NSW, and sadly North Queensland had the same opportunity to build the Burdekin Falls Dam Hydro Electricity Project until relatively recently when the rights to build the project were sold off by the Newman LNP government to the New Zealand government. The LNP seem not to mind public enterprise provided that it is not Australian public enterprise.

In a location such as Townsville and surrounds where we receive more than our fair share of sunlight and households are installing solar powered hot water systems and solar powered panel systems to alleviate the horrendous price rises in electricity bills we have seen in the past two years of LNP price rises (the latest 13%), one would think that modern technology had caught up with even the LNP. No, it seems not, why? Could it be that old money have their investments in “old” technology, technologies that have been proven to pollute our atmosphere (the air we breathe) and contribute to global warming/climate change as North Queensland goes into yet another very mild winter, almost devoid of winter temperatures. The LNP have never been a party of innovation, and while old technology had no harmful effects on human life that we knew of, that was almost acceptable, now we know better, of course that is no longer acceptable.

The Townsville Enterprise chairman Kevin Gill asks for more support for Sun Metals due to that companies “spiralling power costs” the general public are asking for more support and some relief from our “spiralling power costs” and the only answer that the LNP can come up with from a multitude of power sources, most cheaper and more environmentally responsible than coal, is to rely on 19th century coal technology, it really does explain the difference between “conservative politics” and “progressive politics” the LNP are taking us back to the future, what’s next, kerosene lamps?

Regards,

Shaun Newman

Queenslanders are not mugs

19.06.2014
Letter to the Editor
Queenslanders are not mugs, as with the Bligh government selling assets they were severely punished for doing so, and of course there was/is a good economic reason behind the actions of voters to punish those who would sell their assets.
One need not be a Professor of Economics to understand that asset sales are the first step in a slippery slope which works against ordinary families. Firstly the government/s claims that they have to sell assets to reduce debt while realistically the only assets that they will sell are public enterprises assets that provide an income to the government/s. The private enterprise community are not interested in buying loss making services to the public, they want to buy assets cheaply, and then raise the mark-up to make larger profits. This in turn reduces the income/revenue to government so that they can no longer provide the services that they once did because they have just sold their revenue making asset. The domino effect continues so that they either cut more services or raise more taxes, (however not from their friends to whom they have just sold your asset to). As Queenslanders responded to the Queensland government recent ironically named Strong Choices survey, they clearly told the government that they wanted an increase in taxes to those who could well afford to pay an extra contribution; we received the polar opposite of course.
Of course in usual LNP style, the government completely ignored what it was told by the people of Queensland and went ahead with asset sales regardless. Queenslanders understand the devastating connotations’ for their children’s future in this reckless ideology where their assets would be sold at bargain basement prices to LNP mates at their (the public’s) expense in the long run, which is why the Bligh government was decimated, we just won’t cop it.
Of course with any LNP policy it is always the poorest in the community who are hardest hit, which may not be a concern for those whose lives are merrily going along trouble free, until sickness or accident intervene, it is then when those government services are worth their weight in gold for ordinary families, and it is precisely those government services that will disappear as or if LNP governments are allowed to rule, as they believe that they were born to do.
Regards,
Shaun Newman