Shame on you
Your article on the dam I am gob smacked that your paper gives a platform that seemingly endorses Barnaby Joyce when his involvement has caused drought conditions and his involvement in the MDR project dried up an entire river.
This is socially and environmentally irresponsible. You are acting as a promoter for Joyce rather than a reporter of facts the locals should know. Shame on you.
Help for Pensioners
Urgent assistance for pensioners that reduced deeming don't help. I am writing to you as a disability support pensioner who doesn't have any investments like tens of thousands of pensioners like myself.
We have not had a rise in our pensions for years and inflation has continued to increase over the same period. I shop at Woolworths and Aldi's where the prices continue to rise and has doubled over the past 2 years.
It is interesting I have heard of pensioners not being able to keep warm this winter because of increased power and gas as well as wood cost. We have a woodfire and our wood is $180.00 per fortnight and this is a large part of our pension.
Pensioners across Australia is all suffering the same thing staving and cold and rent and electricity take the rest of the pension if your lucky enough to have a rest of the pension.
Please help us by bringing the public to our lifestyle we all needed help years ago can we with your help increase our pensions to at least a liveable pension rate that would help me and tens of thousands of pensioners.
What's in a cheesy name?
Dairy farmers are furious that the EU is trying to protect the names of their cheeses, meaning that here they may not be able to use names like feta, parmesan, haloumi, brie, camembert, pecorino, edam and cheddar.
Ironically the same corporations that want to use "feta" and "pecorino" as generic terms are whining that generic terms like "milk" or "butter" should be reserved for their exclusive use, and that soy milk and, presumably, peanut butter will have to come up with new names.
As Juliet said: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet", and feta, camembert and cheddar by any other name will still be the secretions of tormented animals.
Whatever you call it, dairy products come from an industry that forcibly impregnates cows, tears babies away from their mothers to steal the milk that nature intended for them, and slaughters newborn male calves and their mothers once their milk production days are done.
It's not words that are turning people vegan in ever-increasing numbers; it's the constantly expanding awareness of the vile treatment of gentle cows. Semantics won't change that.