ANOTHER day, and another bullying act from the left ('Dozens of vegan demonstrators charged', Newcastle Herald, 9/8). Isn't it ironic that the supposed luvvy brigade are actually the bullies of our society? Armed with their usual word vomit of denier, racist, homophobe, murderer should any person dare to have an opinion that differs from theirs, they have now moved from inane chants to alleged violence and disruption.
At a time when our farmers have had to do it very tough during our drought time, some allegedly decided it was a great time to interrupt their business, arriving in the middle of the night ('Nine charged after abattoir protest', Herald, 9/4). Likely wearing clothes made overseas in sweatshops, driving old cars guzzling fuel, possessing their smartphones and many benefiting from government benefits, I believe these people are the height of hypocrisy.
Don't wait for Bill Shorten to criticise it, as he is about to hop into bed with the Greens as election time looms. For those about to vote for Shorten, you have been given a small snippet of the type of party and their supporters he wants to give more power to. I think these extreme leftists are a small minority that should hold no sway in our great country. In my opinion it's time these people were given sentences commensurate with their actions, otherwise it will only continue. Come election day, just remember that a vote for Labor is a vote for more of this to be encouraged. I'm off to eat a steak.
Adam Hahn, Newcastle
BILL'S ZAP IS OVERDUE
LABOR is playing catch up with its so-called future plan for electric cars ('Australia is 'well behind' in electric cars take-up', Herald 8/4). Mr Morrison already has a stimulus passage for this initiative. Strangely, Mr Morrison has ridiculed Labor's electric car plan. The government is aware of how far the developed world is progressing with concepts like electric cars but as usual, Australia is lagging behind.
Mr Shorten is only trying to make up for lost time with this initiative without the constraints of the far right elements that control Mr Morrison's party.
Let's be pleased that both major parties are dragging this country into the 21 century. Mr Morrison's attack on the Labor plan mystifies me but the captain of a sinking ship can become erratic and illogical. We've seen a fair bit of this from Mr Morrison.
John Butler, Windella Downs
ONLY MODE HAS CHANGED
STEVE Barnett (Short Takes 8/4), you've no need to worry about Indonesian boat apprentices as people smugglers aren't plying their trade by sea anymore because the Coalition has made our airports an easier entry point. They're doing more business than ever and I believe their clients are far less likely to be genuine refugees.
The Home Affairs Department's website shows that in the past five years since the government "stopped the boats", 64,362 protection visa applications have been made by unvetted individuals who have arrived by plane while Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton were the relevant ministers. That compares with a total of 44,581 protection visa applications for boat arrivals over the previous five years.
Through "efficiencies", Dutton has reduced front-line staff, such as experienced immigration officers and IT contractors, and outsourced visa processing to create huge backlogs which people smugglers have been exploiting to great effect.
John Arnold, Anna Bay
NEW TRACK OUTSIDE TOWN
NOW that we have a couple of council members on the board of Newcastle Airport, we should take advantage of that. One idea would be to move the Supercars race to Williamtown. They could do their burnouts and tear up the tarmac while dodging between the jets.
Can you imagine the revheads? They would go crazy between this and the smell of the aviation fuel. We could have PFAS Corner, Pollution Straight and maybe Heavy Metal ESS Bends.
If this gets too dangerous, we could have a temporary shut-down of the Air Force - as long as there was not a war on, of course - and we could cancel all passenger flights as only the big end of town flies at any rate. This should please the Labor party as well. To get people there, we could close one lane of the Stockton bridge and extend the light rail. This should not affect traffic as everyone will be at home charging their electric car.
You may think that this is crazy, but look at the benefits. We could stop ripping up parks and tearing out established trees in the city, and stop booting people out of the homes that they have worked hard for all of their lives. We could also stop tipping bucket loads of taxpayers' money into track preparation and resurfacing that is now done in the name of work already planned. I know now that you are going to say I will need a business case for this, and I have one, but I am sorry to say it must remain secret.
Sandy Buchanan, Largs
SYMBOL HAS A DARK PAST
WITH Easter approaching, it's time for us to consider the true meaning of the season and its symbols.
The title Easter is one of the several names applied to an ancient fertility goddess referred to as the Asherah, also called the Queen of Heaven, in the Bible.
It was because of the persistent worship of the Asherah that God finally sent Israel and Judah into captivity. The reason behind such drastic measures was the method of worship.
Nagenda Kumar Singh's Divine Prostitution notes that among those who worshipped the goddess, men had sexual intercourse with the temple prostitutes who acted as intermediaries. Sadly it is likely young children, both boys and girls aged between six and eight years old, were inducted into the temples and deflowered by the high priests before being offered for prostitution.
Remember when you eat your chocolate rabbit and eggs, symbols of the Asherah's sexuality, that to celebrate Easter I believe you are celebrating symbols that stem from the sexual abuse of children.
Alan Kendall, Neath
OUR DOLLARS INCENSE
WITH the upcoming federal election I am being asked to vote for the Liberal party because they are the best in economic management, and told that a vote for the ALP would be devastating to the economy because they do not understand how to manage the country's finances.
My question about this is, if the Morrison government is so good with finances why can they apparently not fully fund an election campaign, having to delay so that they can utilise the public purse to pay for at least another week of electioneering around the country ('Senators clash over advertising spending', Herald 8/4)?