THE cancellation of some ANZAC day services in New Zealand (Nine 10/4), the installation of crash barriers around ANZAC Day service areas in Australia ('Terror fears a strain on Hunter events', NewcastleHerald 20/8/17), armed guards in some areas and possible threats to those attending Gallipoli services. What is our country coming to?
I believe that our fallen Anzacs didn't defend our country and loved ones to have their dependents hide behind barriers and crash barriers at the first sign of conflict. They would be telling us to toughen up. We gather on this day to commemorate their sacrifices and dedication towards our country, Australia. These ceremonies and memories should never be marred nor cancelled due to racism or political indifferences. Our men and women, our Anzacs, defended all Australians and those wishing to be Australians. Enough is enough; those wishing to spoil these ceremonies and threaten those attending should hang their heads in shame and allow well-wishers and their tributes to proceed without interference from a minority of radicals.
Graeme Kime, Cameron Park
NO SUPPORT FOR PROTEST
I COULD not let the rubbish that Adam Hahn (Letters 11/4) wrote go without some comment. How can anyone make an accusation that the ALP would support in any way the actions of these so-called protesters?
I can assure Mr Hahn that people like that do not vote for any mainstream political party. No reputable party would support invading properties, not even a desperate Liberal Party looking for a miracle at the next election. No, lies and fear of a progressive party that will put Australia back on track to the 21st century will not work. We have to move from the 1950's sooner or later.
I am more worried about insecure work and other policies that the Liberals encourage. I am more worried about education funding, where the bulk of the money is sent to private schools regardless of the fact that the majority of kids still attend public schools. I fear for our failing energy sector, which has been crying for policy certainty over the past six years. Health is a mess.
Personally I would want to lock all these protesters up and feed them meat to survive. No, the ALP do not support this alleged behaviour of invading farmers' properties and damaging or vandalising their livelihoods.
Glenn Jones, Weston
BLACKOUT IN CAR DEBATE
FOUR Corners' piece on Australia's commitment to the Paris agreement (ABC 1/4) identified areas where changes need to be addressed including power generation, industry, transport and agriculture.
Regarding power generation, it was interesting to note that solar farms have difficulty joining the grid, prioritising who gets access first and who pays for the infrastructure. The report noted the power authority in NSW has a very dated and inadequate system.
Renewable energy is very desirable, but the big problem is storing this energy for effective use on demand.
South Australia's Tesla system is a step in the right direction but supplies about 50,000 homes for less than 90 minutes. South Australia is also developing a thermal station at Port Augusta.
What is of concern is whether renewables are going to take up the slack and cater for demand as power stations close. Snowy 2.0 could help, if it ever eventuates, but it is at the very least a long way off.
Regarding industry, it was pointed out that emission targets are not set in concrete. Converting gas for export is a high carbon dioxide producer.
Transport is a big contributor to emissions and electric vehicles are in vogue. Australia is flagging behind in this area but there are few electric vehicles for less than $50,000 available here.
Electric vehicle uptake has to overcome higher prices as well as limited range, which limits long-distance travel in our large land. I believe heavy transport is yet to be seriously considered.
Australia is contributing 1.3 per cent of the world's greenhouse gases, so we are going to make a negligible difference. We would be better off addressing our water security, land use and local environmental issues.
Trevor Wilkinson, Warabrook
POWER PLAYS FALL SHORT
ANOTHER day and another ridiculous Coalition scare campaign, this time electrical vehicles.
Just months after Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stated those ridiculing electric vehicles will end up buying them (Sky 11/4) they criticise Labor's target of 50 per cent by 2030 ('Australia is 'well behind' in electric cars take-up', Herald 9/4). I believe the Coalition's own target would require a similar market penetration by the same year .
While they criticise Bill Shorten's claim recharging would take 10 minutes, the Coalition announced last year it was spending $6 million on an ultra-rapid charging network that energy minister Angus Taylor, stated in October last year would provide a driving range of up to 400 kilometres after just 15 minutes of charging time.
Scott Morrison claimed the sort of vehicles loved by tradies will be out under Shorten, but failed to mention Hilux manufacturer Toyota has a goal of making a hybrid, fuel cell, or electric version of all models by 2025.
When he bemoans a lack of grunt, he conveniently overlooks the Tesla Model X already on the market can go from 0 to 100km per hour in under three seconds.
The more they treat us as fools, the more foolish they are looking.
Richard Mallaby, Wangi Wangi
TOO MANY LEAVES FALLING
THE scourge of over development continues and New Lambton Heights is the latest suburb to fall.
Despite what I believe to be significant departures from the planning guidelines and significant concerns raised by multiple councillors, only a minority voted against a four-townhouse development on a residential block and another leafy green suburb falls.
"That's just the way it is now," consoles one councillor, "That's progress". So say goodbye to leafy green blocks with backyard chickens and native beehives. Say goodbye to tall trees and blue skies. Look to the skies and soon you will see your neighbours looking back at you.
Line the streets with parked cars and traffic. Give up your large blocks to cashed-up developers so they can bring in the bulldozers and cover the landscape in concrete. Give up your family community lifestyle so the millionaires can make more money for their overflowing coffers.
Money talks, and in my opinion Newcastle council's response very clearly demonstrates that the public voice apparently doesn't matter.