THE council elections in parts of NSW over the weekend have seen a big swing against Liberal candidates.
Labor candidates in particular have received tremendous support and even Clover Moore is back as mayor of Sydney when the voting system was changed to disadvantage her in favour of a Liberal candidate.
Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce publicly stated on the ABC program Insiders that he believed the ban placed on greyhound racing in NSW by Premier Baird and his Coalition government was the major cause of the poor showing by the Liberals.
I think a lot of people, in particular Mr Baird and deputy Troy Grant by introducing the greyhound ban, attempting to sell off public assets and failing to deliver essential services, have treated the public with contempt.
There will be a backlash against the Liberal government in the 2019 state election because the Labor party will not disappear and people will not forget how they have been treated by this government.
Greg Harborne, Warabrook
Message in result
UNDOUBTEDLY Kay Fraser’s effervescent personality and can do attitude, along with the outgoing council’s consolidation and commitment, has resulted in an outstanding outcome in the Lake Macquarie council elections.
However, another message cannot be ignored by the Baird Liberal/National government.
For Baird to continue with his government’s current direction, will only see his political annihilation at the 2019 state elections.
Paul Jones, Warners Bay
Investing in or buying out
I WOULD like the government to explain their definition of the difference between “investing in Australia” and “buying assets in Australia”.
The acquisition of houses, farms or a dedicated line of buying up properties and businesses that when put together can supply the likes of China with a “paddock to plate” food line is disingenuous to claim it is investment that will help Australia.
This trend of modern politics of sell everything for the quick dollar so they have got money to buy votes with, will be one that we regret at some stage down the track when those that have done the damage are gone and don’t have to address the fallout.
Allan Earl, Thornton
Doing best for Jets
JUST when the football people of Newcastle had some hopes of a brighter future and with the 2016/2017 season staring us in the face our club is again in a crisis.
It would appear that Martin Lee has had some success in his previous business ventures.
Now if he is going to turn the Jets around and make some return on the investment he has made in the club surely he is going to be smart enough not to make the same errors that others made before him.
I think the club is where it is today due to a lack of a corporate structure that one would likely expect from a business enterprise.
My advice to Mr Lee is that he should appoint a board of directors that should be made up of himself as chairman Lawrie Mckinna as chief executive, three independent directors plus a representative from the Northern Football Federation.
If carefully chosen the three independent directors will give Mr Lee an entry into the Newcastle business community while the Northern Football nominee would represent the local football community.
Mr Lee needs to set out a clear plan for the future of the club and to make sure that plan is followed through.
No one is suggesting that Mr Lee as the owner should not have the last say on the major issues however if he is smart he will consult with his board so that he gets more of those crucial decisions right.
Eric Burns, Belmont
Bike pictures confuse
THE new Scholey Street bridge at Mayfield has had a great safety upgrade, including a shared pathway separate from the roadway. Congratulations for this safety upgrade.
The only bad thing about the new bridge is the continued practice of putting the bike pictures on roads to confuse people.
The bike pictures over the bridge look to encourage motorists to overtake cyclists and not leave one metre clearance which is the new road rule.
The bike pictures on the roadway over the bridge are just as confusing as the existing bike pictures on Newcastle roads.
There are bike pictures painted on the roadway at the far left side of each traffic lane.
The confusion arises by people thinking cyclists must ride where the bike pictures are.
It is hoped, with the proposal for a cycle safe network for the region, that the confusing bike pictures on roads will be eliminated.
Daniel Endicott, Islington
Another look at excise
ARE not mining companies exempt from fuel excise, ostensibly because their vehicles do not use roads?
This was fine when the excise was used solely for road construction and maintenance, whereas these days about half goes into general revenue.
Perhaps they should only get a rebate for that portion.
I am sure it would add up to a substantial amount. Surely this is a form of subsidy.
Greg Rendle, Rankin Park
Not impressed with calls
I AM not a supporter of the Gold Coast Titans, and to this time I have not spoken to anybody who is a Gold Coast Titan supporter or member.
I have not spoken to anybody so far who does not agree that the rulings by match officials, both the on field and in the “bunker” were extremely cruel in the decisions taken against the Titans at Friday night game against the Brisbane Broncos.
I am in my 70s and have been a fan of rugby league all my life, and I have often come away from a game in which the team I support was beaten thinking ‘we got a raw deal from the ref’.
But I’ve got to say that the game between the Broncos and the Titans on Friday night was probably the worst refereeing I have ever seen.