Hervey Bay Independent : 25th September 2014
OurView Quality vs quantity It seems that the battle between quality and quantity continues to grow stronger. Funnily enough it was Jenny Jones’ letter in last week’s Indy that made me smile as she spoke about her treasured and hard working 1970s Westinghouse ‘sud saver’ and what a shame it was to have to get rid of the larger framed washing machine when she moved. Call me old fashioned, but I remember going with Mum to take our toaster in to get fi xed at the repair shop in the late 80s - possibly in the days before you could pick a toaster up for only $20 at K Mart - or as my Nan used to call them, the days when things were made to last. This notion of quality vs. quantity and our inherent view of material value was further compounded when I was chatting with a group of teens who are heading overseas to do some volunteer work in a developing nation. Watching their minds tick over as they discussed the difference in wages and the fact that the possessions they take with them in one back pack - their clothes, technology and shoes - was going to be more than some of the locals in the villages they visit will ever own in their life, was striking. This concept then became especially poignant later in the week when the nightly news showed hundreds of people queued outside Apple stores across Australia to be the fi rst to get a new phone, then only for some to drop the gadget - worth a small fortune - and destroy it just minutes later. When you sit back and consider how much we take for granted nowadays, it unfortunately becomes apparent just how greedy we are. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #qualityvsquantity /herveybayindy @HB_Indy YOURSAY Journalist Jade Martin Climate summit facts disputed The overwhelming majority of scientists insist the amount of Journalist Lee Gailer carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has skyrocketed in recent decades. CO2, the main long-lived greenhouse gas that is causing global warming, stayed at or above 400 ppm for several months in 2014 — the highest it has been in human history. It’s estimated 8 billion tonnes of CO2 has been produced by the industrial revolution, of which a single molecule can remain in the atmosphere for hundreds to a thousand years. This year’s WMO report is the fi rst to contain a section on how oceans are being affected by higher levels of greenhouse gases. Oceans absorb an estimated one quarter of the world’s CO2 emissions. The report found the current rate of ocean acidifi cation appears to be unprecedented in at least 300 million years. With these facts fresh in our minds, we’re then subjected to L Gallagher’s absurd proclamation of victory for deniers by concluding that Nation’s leaders not attending the EU Climate Summit in NY on September 23 is verifi cation global warming is a fantasy. The usual array of questionable geographic examples from the ‘sceptic’s handbook’ and illogical opinions on the worth of climate summits complete this irrational diatribe. Because a leader isn’t attending this summit, is it not somewhat bizarre to assume that this leader will not make commitments? That’s something for the UN’s offi cial negotiations process – which is quite separate from the BKM meeting. Germany already has CO2 commitments as part of the EU and Angela Merkel recently pledged $1bn to the Green Climate Fund. China is fi ghting horrendous green house gas emissions. It is sending Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli as a special envoy of President Xi Jinping “and will participate in the summit and related activities in a constructive manner with a “key note” address,” according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. India is also dealing with appalling emissions and is sending its environment minister to the meeting, while PM Modi is travelling to Washington several days after the summit to meet with Obama, with climate change expected to be one of the issues they discuss. Many countries, including Australia, Russia, Pakistan and Ukraine, will be represented by their foreign minister. Other nations, such as Canada, are sending their environment ministers. Saudi Arabia is sending its petroleum minister. The Climate Summit will bring together political leaders, business executives, representatives of fi nance and civil society and non-governmental organizations with the goal that a series of commitments in the areas of emissions cuts and fi nancial contributions and individual pledges on how their countries intend to put a stop to climate change. The announcements will be aimed at increasing the use of renewable energy, increasing energy effi ciency, reducing deforestation and promoting climate action in the world’s cities, among other goals. As we know, our PM is not attending. “My fi rst duty in a sense is to the Australian parliament and that’s where I’ll be early in the week,” Abbott told RN. Treat yourself to Inc PACKAGEludes regrowth colour, 10 foils, cut and finish *Available all day, every day. Extra $20 for refresher colour comb through for medium and long hair. ONLY $ 109 * Shop 3/10 Torquay Road, Pialba 28 / Hervey Bay Independent, September 25, 2014 SUMMER JADE WORX Hollow words from a hollow man. He’s due to attend a UN Security Council meeting in New York the next day! One notable critic of Abbott is Lord Deben, a former head of the Conservative Party who served under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, now head of the UK Committee on Climate Change and whose government has a binding target to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. He recently stated; “At least 125 heads of state have sent a strong signal to the rest of the world that... climate change is important, and they know they have a role to play and a responsibility to take in order for the world to address climate change”. And; “Abbott’s $2.5 billion Direct Action to reach its target of a 5 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020 is a ‘miserable’ target and ‘slap in the face’ on climate change. The Abbott Government appears to be more concerned with advancing its own short-term political interests than dealing with global warming. Australia is changing Britain’s climate as we are changing yours. It is not just a national matter. We are all in this together and Mr Abbott is recklessly endangering our future, as he is Australia’s”. Yes, the conference in Copenhagen in 2009 was deemed a failure. World leaders now acknowledge the writing is on the wall and if collective action isn’t taken, our planet, in only one lifetime, will become an alien world. L Gallagher’s fervent approval of powerful leaders not attending and inconceivable optimism that climate sceptics will disrupt the 2015 Paris Summit exposes precisely how perverse his values are. James Clarey Toogoom Pensioner’s rates in question I love this council and the compassion they show towards pensioners. My mother received her rates just like everybody else. Her rates were calculated on her discount as a pensioner. Not long after, and because my father past away and the title to the property was now transferred to mum’s name, she is recognised as the sole owner of the property. Dad past away after a long illness with Dementia, Mum now has Dementia and doesn’t live in her own home. She is now a resident of a nursing home. We received, not long ago, a revised rate notice stating that she is now not entitled to a discount anymore because she doesn’t live in her home anymore. Mum now has to pay the full rates amount because of this fact. I paid a visit to the council to dispute their determination and was told just that. Mum doesn’t live in the house so she loses the discount. I asked them, ‘How come - we pay rates on the land not the house, so why does the house come into consideration’. They told me that, that is the way it is. Their explanation, to me, wasn’t good enough. I needed to try and reduce Mum’s rates somehow, so I explained that the garbage service is not being used so can I have that taken off the rate bill. No, that’s a standard fee and every house hold must pay for it.
2nd October 2014