ON Sunday I lost my wallet at the Newcastle Knights game. Thank you very much to the person who found it and promptly handed it to security. However, to the person who "borrowed" the money, I hope that your need was greater than mine.
Barry Fernance, Charlestown
AT least Bill has a vision. The only vision the Coalition has is who is the next one they will stab in the back.
Craig Budden, Hamilton
IN his budget reply speech Mr Shorten, when speaking about capital gains tax and negative gearing, stated Labor's policies will assist those below aged-pension age to enter the housing market through lower prices for second-hand homes. Unfortunately, Labor do not feel the same about tax policy. They are penalising those not of pensionable age who are on lower incomes by denying them the same tax offsets pensioned aged people receive. On $30,000 those over pension age pay no tax whilst those under pension age pay around $1500.
David Lye, Bolton Point
REGARDING Carl Stevenson (Letters 8/4), around Australia in a few years there will be surplus power put into the grid by rooftop solar and other renewable sources. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is looking at ways to curtail some of this renewable power, but is also looking at using excess renewable power output elsewhere. One of these uses is pumping water uphill in pumped hydro set-ups, or renewable power to produce hydrogen for a new market in energy supply, or household battery storage power can be used for grid peak demand in the evening. The other thing that will start to happen in the future is the uptake of electric cars, so excess renewable power will help charge the car batteries. As more renewable power comes on the grid, this will push down wholesale prices during the middle of the day, so roof top solar producers will get a reduced grid feed in rate then.
Agner Sorensen, Teralba
GREAT piece from John Arnold (Short Takes 8/4) regarding our current prime minister's world view. Mr Morrison's preferred policy of governing for the wealthy minority might be about to come up and bite him on his sanctimonious backside pretty shortly!
Mac Maguire, Charlestown
HOW lucky for Steve Barnett (Short Takes 8/4). He's getting a new road into Fingal Bay as promised by the re-elected government. How much easier will that be for new Australians finding their way to your place.
Malcolm Asquith, Maitland
STEVE Barnett's boats (Short Takes 8/4) must have come into The Bay late at night with only him watching. Perhaps Steve can put them up at his place since they've shown no interest in Christmas Island.
Colin Fordham, Lambton
IS Steve Barnett (Short Takes 8/4) a pseudonym for the Coalition? I believe most of the scare tactics he espouses could be declared plagiarism by Peta Credelin, John Laws, Alan Jones, Tony Abbott and others of the ultra right.