Letters to the editor August 21 2018

UNITY: Labor MPs Ed Husic and Anne Aly embrace as the House of Representatives condemns Senator Fraser Anning's first speech. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen
UNITY: Labor MPs Ed Husic and Anne Aly embrace as the House of Representatives condemns Senator Fraser Anning's first speech. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

LAST week we learned about the "final solution" and just how far racists are prepared to go in their insatiable drive to create a divisive, violent Australia. These lessons were not from neo-Nazis or white supremacists, but the Australian Senate. Shame on those senators who stayed to hear Fraser Anning’s poisonous outburst and shame to those who remained silent about this pernicious push to see how far the agenda of racism and division could be peddled in Parliament.

The senators from various parties who walked out or expressed their views about the outburst disguised as an "opening speech" should be congratulated. They are true Australians who stand up for fairness and diversity. Every Australian should be judged on their contribution to this country, not on their colour or religion. All major political parties are united in this resolve. We don't want the old White Australia policy, we want to continue to be recognised as the most successful multicultural nation in the world and reap the rewards that the whole nation happily shares.

John Butler, Windella Downs


BOB Brown’s evaluation that the NEG would have “negligible” effect in reducing global warming and is a “negligent” policy, is I believe, spot on (‘Negative outcome starts with NEG’, SMH 18/8).

Mr Brown’s evaluation begs the question: if the effects of global warming are so horrific, and so indisputable (and they are), then why are we doing nothing?

Unfortunately, most voters don’t care about the current, let alone the future, effects of global warming and our politicians know this. Voters are more interested in their present day cost of living, including energy. They smugly imagine that when global warming starts to really hit, they will be long dead.  

The people and living organisms who will care are the future generations of endangered humans and other species. But they don’t get to vote at our elections and they have no say in our present day climate policies. Stephen Hawking once warned that we need to colonize space and other planets to save our species from Earth’s next mass extinction event. Maybe this mass extinction event will be at our own hand, the so-called ‘anthropocene’ caused by global warming.

If we did manage to colonise hostile places off the planet, then the colonists in those places will have at last learned the lesson that we refuse to learn. They will have learned to sustain their expensive artificial ecosystems or else suffer and die.

They might also look down on an inhospitable greenhouse Earth and curse this current generation.

Geoff Black, Caves Beach


AS THE public opens their hearts to support farmers in the drought, I wish to point out an interesting point of concern. I am a small acreage farmer who runs only 25 breed of cows who every year buys approx 200 bales of cow hay for winter feed to supplement the winter grass.

This year hay in January and February was so expensive all I could get was 100 bales at double normal costs. As the drought started to bite, I was forced to sell all calves early along with older cows keeping some heifers for breeders. All the hay is gone and there is no feed, but every night I see the trucks rolling in from interstate loaded with hay I would love to buy to see me through the winter. Prices are now $27 a small bale, so where is the assistance for people like myself who don’t want charity, just not to be ripped off? I am a registered primary producer who pays all the taxes and levies. Never have I received any sort of assistance or handout. I just want to be able to feed my stock to keep them alive and pay a fair price.

John Reynolds, Mt Vincent


BRAD Hill (Letters 18/08) green bags are not being pushed on anyone. Supermarkets want you bring your own multiple use bags, as we have done for many four years. In that time we have only replaced about three bags, compared to Australia’s annual consumption of 3.92 billion plastic bags (160 per person). Given most of these were only used once before hitting expensive landfill, littering the countryside or washing into waterways, I would have thought even you could see the senselessness of that.

Richard Mallaby, Wangi Wangi


IN REPLY to Mike Sargent, DP World held the exclusive right to develop a container terminal for three years. When asked to perform, they failed. Let someone who is serious, develop a container terminal. Philip O'Neil chooses to ignore the fee that doubles the cost of using Newcastle compared with Botany. Remove this anti-competitive fee and independent port operators will happily develop a container terminal, at their own expense, in competition with Port Botany. A rail freight bypass of Sydney - Newcastle-Badgerys Creek-Port Kembla - is a no-brainer. Privately paid for by removing container trucks from Sydney's roads, it will cause rail to displace road for freight transportation. What's wrong with competition?

Greg Cameron, Wamboin


WHAT a great story about constable Dave Simpson giving a homeless man a coffee and something to eat (‘Kind-hearted cop says he was just doing his job’, Herald 20/8). 

Too often, the police are criticised for just doing their job.  They are the devil if they do and they are the devil if they don’t. In many instances theirs is a thankless, dangerous job and where would we be without them? To those who are so ready to “bag the cops” I would just ask them this: if something bad were to happen to you or any of your loved ones, who would the first people you would go running to for help? The cops, of course.

Margaret Priest, Wallsend


I CHALLENGE Newcastle City Council to give the ratepayers of Newcastle a good reason why they became a service provider to the V8 Supercars - a private, profit-making enterprise. Why are we, the public, likely paying numerous fees and costs along with providing whatever services Supercars desires? It is my understanding that all Supercars has to do is arrive, together with their own catering  and security companies depriving local businesses of trade, race their cars around the track provided and paid for by Newcastle City Council at noise levels that exceed safe limits, then take the profit and drive out of town, leaving their mess behind them for us to clean up.

Prove me wrong, Newcastle City Council – produce the documentation that says we, as ratepayers, aren’t paying for a private company to profit.

Keran Davis, Newcastle


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