Joyce hits close to home again
Such insensitive and condescending comments by our elected official ... again.
Barnaby, make no mistake ... we do get it. The people of Australia do understand that the money 'borrowed' to fund the JobKeeper and (enhanced) JobSeeker programs has to be repaid. And like you we are concerned about how this is to be achieved.
However, unlike you, hundreds of thousands of your fellow Australians have been tossed out of work. They are worried and scared, and face quite a dim and dismal (immediate) future.
So ease off the patronising 'words of wisdom'. Right now, in these unprecedented times we do not need our 'noses to be rubbed into it'.
Mark Riley, Limbri
We must wake up! Hi! Wake Up Australia .
As I sit here in front of my computer screen, I look around ... the Screen, the keyboard, the computer, the mouse, the phone, the printer, the speakers, my foot pad, the chair I am sitting on ... are all manufactured outside our country!
Just take one item - the screen - I cannot imagine how many of these must have been imported over the years.
Our schools, banks, homes, councils, doctors etc ... the list goes on. It would be in the millions ... all made overseas. All paid for with our Australian Dollars.
Surely, we can manufacture a computer screen (and many more items) in Australia.
The challenge is out there to re-generate our industries. If we have to pay a little more so be it ... but our money stays in Australia to pay Australians and gets our factories re-instated and provides greater employment. Then you can buy Australian made!
Bladen Brooke, Boambee East
Let the pandemic rip
I am old. Nought to give, a ball and chain dragging the economy to its nadir. Thus, the message from the let it rip mob and like-minded economists and commentators who deplore the lockdown's impact on business. None know what I contribute to our economy, my community and my family. Just old and useless. My life is not worth their capital. An economic burden to the younger generation. I should be herded somewhere without scrutiny to fade away with minimum fuss and cost to them. Would a nursing home do?
Social Darwinists, neo Nazis and fascists must be heartened by the rebirth of an old idea, eugenics. This is the territory we are in with the commentary of these privileged holders of capital. If they are true to their conviction, they should expose themselves to the virus and let it rip on their families. Their disdain for human life is disgusting.
Susan Armstead, Kentucky
Santos and Their Narrabri CSG Project
What an excellent and timely letter from Stuart Murray, President of the People For The Plains, Narrabri ("Overwhelming Opposition", May 20).
While Santos puts out the propaganda that Narrabri supports their CSG project it appears they are referring to a band of ghosts. Stuart's data on the level of public opposition plainly puts the kibosh on that convenient furphy. The figures warrant repetition. From a record 22,639 submissions to the Department of Planning and Environment, 64 per cent of local and 98 per cent (another record) of general respondents disapprove of the Santos project.
The objections include grave concerns for the impact of CSG mining on the underground water table of the Great Artesian Basin that could affect vast communities apart from Narrabri; the disposal of 430,000 tonnes of toxic salt; and greenhouse gas emissions, among others. So much for Narrabri's stamp of approval. But here's the rub, and what anybody believing in our democracy should be very concerned about.
Mr Morrison set up the National COVID-19 Commission to develop suggestions for the resurgence of the economy post-virus. By the way, several members of that body have track records with the fossil fuel industry. Now, the leader of the commission, Nev Powers, has announced that they are recommending investment in gas projects as the main pillar for developing the economy in the PM's planned "Road Out" policy. As a result, the government has signalled that applications for gas projects will be fast-tracked.
These are powerful people the public are dealing with. And they are backed by both powerful lobbyists and powerful politicians who have vested interests in the CSG industry. It will be enlightening to watch what happens with this tangled web that consists of the Commission's recommendation, the government's fast-tracking, the Santos Narrabri CSG Project, the vested interests of politicians and the opposition of both the Narrabri community and the general public.
Let's hope that democratic processes prevail and there is transparency in every decision that is made, including the wishes of the majority of the Australian people. Those porkies mustn't be allowed to take flight again.
Bert Candy, Glenvale
Are we the only state in Australia blessed with the dumbest government ever in our country's history?
l honestly believe enough is enough here. We have a woman in power saying she is going to open NSW to overseas students with the worst virus seen.
Has this woman not seen enough death so she and her followers wish to put all at risk yet again as all of Australia knows the most cases started in this State under her watch?
Do we hear any objection from local members Mr Anderson or Mr Marshall? The answer is no. l would suggest they protest loud and long, or maybe they should house these pupils at Government House. Have them cook, clean and look after them instead of putting hotel workers at risk yet again, as come next election they will all be taking a hike.
Last but not least l was taught the federal government was in control of air space and sea boarders so l believe our Prime Minister should tell her to pull her head in before they cause more grief for our citizens.
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