Oldies waiting at Centrelink and Medibank
Today I waited in the queue in the rain with others standing outside Centrrelink. Some of us were old some frail.
- Provide some appropriate seating-get an OT to advise proper height etc
- Provide a ticketing system eg as done at pathology etc.
Others may have suggestions but please note We are all getting older, even with COVID.
Greg Carr, Hallsville
With all due respect, for the average constituent in your electorate and "small business" farmers in particular, your current newsletter to your constituents, sounds like nothing more than spin with no details, no clear plans, no clear policies and no assurances other than for big business and fossil fuel industries, particularly the gas industry.
While we all appreciate new roads and bridges, you have completely misunderstood and ignored, the most important concern for the majority in your electorate: the consequences and costs of increasing global temperatures and the hardships that we have to face because of denial and skewing of policies to benefit big business at the expense of rural communities and ecosystem biodiversity.
Your "deal" with PM, devoid of any detail, does nothing to instill confidence or trust; rather, it suggests a licence to legislate in favour of powerful and wealthy government lobbyists. Currently, few would agree that "regional Australia has never been better represented by the Nationals". Neither would they agree, as you seem to imply, "the Nationals are the reason why "we now have record beef prices, lamb prices, mutton prices, goat prices and coal prices for our nation" and." As the price of land has appreciated so has the wealth of families, as have all those associated with these".
Perhaps the most telling paragraph in your latest news letter to the residents of New England is: "I saw the comments by journalist, Paul Kelly in the Australian, saying I was "two faced" because we brought about an outcome that even his masthead has changed its position on and now supports. I say, what was the alternative Mr Kelly? Not agree, have resignations, blow up the Coalition, have an election and lose government, and allow the Labor Party to come in with their legislated targets with no plan behind them".
If indeed your objectives are anything more than "to have an election and" not "lose government" then you owe it to your constituents to provide them with clear and specific details on the plans you have identified and reached agreement on with the PM, ie:
- "Greater protections for farmers"
- "Greater protection for mining"
- "Further investment for infrastructure"
- "Greater opportunities"
- "Not tying our Nation to legislation that prohibits actions within our economy and by our people".
As you your self has said, you wouldn't sign up to a deal for which you didn't know the costs. As a potential 'buyer' of your political dogma and voter in the forthcoming elections, I would ask you to extend the same courtesy to your constituents and provide them with details of your "Plan to better our future" that you have negotiated with the Prime Minister but without negotiations with your electorate or indeed it would seem, with the majority of your own party.
Jan Kleeman, Donald Creek
Climate Council Report: Climate Costs and Risks to Councils
After reading the Climate Council's report 'Neighbourhood issue: Climate Costs and Risks to Councils' it is clear that our local government has a huge responsibility in relation to mitigating climate risk in our wonderful city and its surrounds. Tamworth Regional Council's 'Sustainability Strategy 2017-2021' report states (page 13) that they will create a carbon emission management system to track their carbon emissions. I am looking forward to seeing this and would really love to see an ambitious net zero emission target from our local government with a 75% emission reduction by 2030. The impacts of climate change risk human life, property, economies and council's abilities to fulfill their myriad of functions within the community. This is definitely a topic I will have in the front of my mind when it comes to the Local Government Election in December.
Eliza Weekes, Moore Creek
Strong words indeed
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's decision to scrap a French submarine deal in favour of a nuclear option has flared up at this week's meeting with world leaders in Glasgow. French President Emmanuel Macron has said Prime Minister Morrison lied to him about his intentions with the deal and that his trust in Australia has been deeply damaged. Strong words indeed. This is certainly not a good look for Australia, particularly at a meeting of world leaders.
Brian Measday, Myrtle Bank, SA