Hervey Bay Independent : 19th March 2015
OurView Journalist Lauren Smit Putting an end to cyber bullies This Friday (March 20) will mark the fi fth annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. The advent of social media has changed the ugly face of bullying forever and we now fi nd ourselves confronted with an unprecedented threat. Never before has the threat posed by bullying reached so far or so inescapably into our lives and homes. Never before have we suffered under the relentless and inhumane attacks of faceless entities, shielded and facilitated by the freedom of social media. And never before has the cost of bullying been so high. In 2013, more than 460,000 Australian children were victims of cyberbullying and almost three quarters of these were between 10 and 15 years of age. Recent studies also suggest that victims of cyber bullying are nine times as likely to have suicidal thoughts. I have a zero tolerance for bullying and violence in all its forms, but none more so than cyber bullies or online trolls. These self-professed keyboard warriors take great pride and pleasure from tormenting and humiliating others in the world’s most public forum. Children, women and public fi gures seem to bear the brunt of their mindless and nauseating attacks. While our legislative bodies and enforcement agencies struggle to stem the tide of hate, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the most effective solution starts with education and empowerment. Bullies are like spot fi res. The more oxygen you give them, the bigger they grow. They leave nothing behind but a path of indiscriminate destruction yet they have no substance. It’s time we stamped them out. Join the conversation on Facebook /herveybayindy YOURSAY Beware phone scams I was talking to an elderly resident this morning who advised that a young man called on her recently to repair her telephone, which was working very well. He claimed he was there to improve the service and demanded money from the lady before he could start work. He then went on to ask her age and for details of her credit card. The lady, suspecting a scam, gave him no details and asked him to leave, which he did. The lady said she was scared of the man and I advised her that if anyone ever called unsolicited, not to give any information, under no circumstances invite the person into your house and call police immediately. Elderly and other folk feeling vulnerable should fi nd out if there is a Neighbourhood Watch in their area, by calling local police, and talk to those people about their safety. Police should always be advised of such scams. Beware of unsolicited callers offering any type of service, especially those asking for money, credit card and other personal details. Tony Gubbins Pialba Bali 9 hardly innocent As much as I enjoy reading Steve Briskey’s letters, his latest (Independent March 12) is way off line. I think Steve spends so much time composing his verbose letters that he loses track of the topic at hand. At no time in my letter responding to David Lewis did I mention or infer the death of Chang and Sukumaran was the way to go. But seeing as Steve has raised the matter let’s look at the facts. This was not the fi rst time for Chang and Sukumaran, they had moved drugs before, and they also were the ring leaders of the Bali 9. They were caught, tried, convicted and sentenced. So who are we to say they should not die? Steve talks of “nationalism or morality” yet I doubt Chang and Sukumaran gave any thought to their nationality and anyone who peddles drugs has no morality. These two stood to profi t from the weakness of others, supplying the drugs on which they depended. John Neve Torquay More to Chan than Bali Bali 9 drug kingpin Andrew Chan, who is facing death by fi ring squad in Indonesia, masterminded another international heroin smuggling attempt out of Hong Kong. The operation failed, resulting in three young Australians being jailed. Two of these were teenagers aged just 17 and 15. The Hong Kong deal was to run at the same time as the Bali 9 operation when Chan, Sumurakan and the seven other Australian mules were arrested. Chan wrote a letter to the 17-year-old in Hong Kong, ordering her to keep her mouth shut. He was involved in three international drug smuggling operations when he was arrested in Bali. He was also a key organiser of the Australian end of the smuggling and distribution network, which was detailed in the Hong Kong court and described as a ‘predatory crime syndicate’. In just two weeks in April 2005, the syndicate was responsible for the arrest and later the incarceration, of 17 young Australians for heroin traffi cking in three countries. Read more at www.dailymail.co.uk/ news/article-2869230. John Wishart Toogoom Are airfares really fair? I am an 84-year-old retiree and I recently travelled via Qantas for an urgent medical appointment at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. The appointment was at 9am. The airfare was $749.99 less $20 for the travel agent. An airfare to Europe is about $1400. Sydney to Melbourne is just $99. Qantas announced a six monthly profi t of $305,000,000. How much of that profi t comes out of the retiree’s pension and others in rural Queensland? Qantas has a monopoly - no competitors. Are we subsidising Joyce’s salary? Geoffrey Manger Kawungan Multiculturalism Freedom of religion has been part of the Australian culture for many years. We seem to have existed together calmly, not impinging on others’ rights. Often, if not mostly, we have no idea what a person believes or whether they have traditional or other leanings. Most people excepting my family, have any idea what I follow, but I hope my actions show as honourable. What I do, what I eat , what I wear, where and when I swim affects no one, no one else is disenfranchised . I do have a problem with my food being prayed over before I purchase it. I say my own ‘grace’ before my meals. Coming from the western suburbs of Sydney where the hijab is common, it was mainly accepted, it was the covering of the face which was not. Head to toe in black, with just eyes or eyes covered with sunglasses showing was very confronting and in some areas of the western suburbs, scary. We were always assured that this was a cultural choice, not religious. Dorothy Douglas mentioned last week, the past atrocities of some Christian religions . I haven’t read recently of any Christians killing Christians or any other religions. We can’t keep going back into past history when it suits us. Many bad things happened in the middle ages but thankfully, most countries have learned and become civilized. I don’t expect anyone to make allowances for my beliefs or have a need to accommodate me. In Sydney, some shopping centres did stay open to fi t in with Ramadam and school teachers did make allowances for tired children during that time. You see, I am not ignorant regarding the culture or religion, nor are the numerous Sydney people now residing in Hervey Bay. I am very tired as an Australian, being portrayed as selfi sh and at times that over used word ‘racist’ . It is not wrong to discuss, question or disagree with the fear of the’ R ‘word being used, as it was constantly in Sydney, without reason. We don’t have to like everyone. We should never be unkind or rude to anyone, that is bad mannered. Never lose sight of who we are and the great things that Australians have achieved and are still achieving. 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