Hervey Bay Independent : 22nd January 2015
OurView Journalist Lauren Smit Australia Day As the shops begin to fi ll with cheap Australia Day paraphernalia and motorists take to displaying our nation’s fl ag on their bonnets and side-view mirrors, I thought it timely to take a closer look at our favourite day of the year. When the big day fi nally arrives, fairdinkum Aussies get together to celebrate our great nation and its rich history in a myriad of ways... admittedly, some of these are signifi cantly more cringe-worthy than others. Giant infl atable thongs, dodgy Southern Cross tattoos and drunkards running down the Esplanade with an improvised Australia Day fl ag-cape like a disappointing hero on his way to rehab, are certainly not on my list of favourite things. It’s a long list, so bear with me. I’m calling out to all the bogans - pull up your pants (let’s face it, not even Chris Hemsworth can pull off a plumber’s crack), put on some shoes (before you ask, of course thongs are acceptable - just not the kind with our fl ag on them) and swap your ‘I love Bintang’ singlet for something that actually covers your armpit hair. I don’t care if your biceps are bigger than Dwayne Johnson’s, no-one wants to see that. While we’re at it, hooning down the street in your ‘pimping’ Holden ute (which actually belongs to your mum) is also highly undesirable. Mouthing off at strangers and vegetarians, mullets and mispronunciations are also deemed unacceptable from here on in. It’s ‘Australia’ not ‘Straya’. Any complaints to these specifi cations will be rendered null and void with a lamington to the face. Or a meat pie. Join the conversation on Facebook /herveybayindy YOURSAY Fuel price fraud explained bluntly At 6.52pm on Wednesday, January 14 2015, I was talking to a service person at Apple in the United States. I enquired to how much petrol was currently in the United States, he told me that where he was it was US$2 per gallon. A gallon in Australia is 4.5 litres or close enough so if that is the case and the US gallon is the same, why are Americans paying around 44.4 cents per litre for petrol and diesel and we in Australia are paying in excess of one dollar. You are being ripped off by both the government and the oil companies. They are price gouging and they are doing irreparable damage to our economy. By holding the fuel prices artifi cially high they are increasing infl ation and the demand for more in wages that in turn puts pressure on our competitiveness in world markets because our labour is deemed to be too expensive. So next time you see a company pack up and leave Australia taking Australian jobs with them, thank the Federal government for their failure to stop the price gouging in Australia that puts pressure on infl ation so companies leave our shores taking your jobs with them. Peter Schuback Hervey Bay Climate change concerns There is no cheap relief from life in the greenhouse I know, but I was glad to hear Lester Gallagher’s lessons again. With 2014 being offi cially declared the hottest year on record, my thoughts that the heat might have knocked Lester physically as well as intellectually was causing me some concern. But no ... Les is back (January 12) and refreshingly it seems that quote-mining is out this season in favour of a new tactic... confl ating the dubious machinations and victories of the American Republican Party, with his bete noire; that global warming is a contrived fallacy. Keep the air conditioner turned up high Lester and keep projecting your epistles to we the misinformed. You have no idea what a chilling godsend you are to the cause: Steve Briskey Burrum Heads A heart-felt thank you for generosity On behalf of The Salvation Army, I would like to take this opportunity to thank local residents and businesses for the generous support they provided over the Christmas and New Year period. Whether you volunteered at your local community Christmas lunch, donated fi nancially to The Salvation Army, donated gifts for individuals and families in need or provided support in your own unique way, The Salvation Army thanks you. Through your support, The Salvation Army has been able to provide hope where it is needed most. Over the Christmas period, The Salvation Army was able to assist over 300,000 people both fi nancially and materially, as well as share in over 8000 Christmas meals nationally with people who would otherwise have had nowhere else to celebrate. This year, Queenslanders kindly donated 78,675 gifts to local Kmart stores as part of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal. If you have not already donated and would like to donate, there is still an opportunity by calling 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or through our website at salvos.org.au The Salvation Army would like to thank you for your ongoing support and wish you, your families and community the very best for 2015. God bless. Major Bruce Harmer Communications and Public Relations Secretary The Salvation Army Strong Choices survey rigged? Joanne McLaughlin’s letter (January 15), raises some interesting points. As someone who tried three times to complete Strong Choices I can assure you it was rigged. Unless you followed the path the government wanted you could not fi nish the survey. To complete the Strong Choices survey, you had to agree to one of the government’s options. As for the community meetings, just who was invited? Five hundred representatives to be seen as the voice for four million plus people has to be a joke. Just who were these fi ve hundred and who chose them? Regarding the sale/lease of the people’s assets; a 99 year lease is in all practicality a sale, few if any of the electorate or government will be here in 99 years time. We will not see the adverse impact this governments actions will have on our children should the sale/lease go ahead. If, and I repeat if, the state of our economy is as bad as painted, we did it and we should fi x it. To sell off the people’s assets is just passing the problem on to the next generation. John Neve Torquay ‘Can Do’ Newman I have read that ‘Can Do’ Newman since being elected has pumped $114 million into Ashgrove and is serving up another $18 million in this election to ‘BUY’ his way back into parliament. If that is not pork barrelling I don’t know what is. We are told that Queensland is going down the gurgler by the LNP and that is why they have to sell (sorry) lease the State assets. Can Do said the infrastructure build is conditional on the LNP being returned and the assets being sold (bugger) leased. I guess this is the same pledge/promise/commitment he made before the last election that there would be no reduction in the public service. Well we all know someone that was sacked. I recently saw a TV report where the Adani Indian site manager stated that they had put the full cost of building the rail line into their budget & it was still going to proceed. If that is the case why did the government give them $200million towards the rail line costs? I again ask the question aren’t we going down the gurgler? It appears that the Indian business people are a lot better equipped than their test side or is it that we have idiots running the State who throw money ‘OURS’ around like a drunken sailor to suit their own purpose. 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