Political Choices or Political Optics: Take a Look
Alan Moia’s cartoon (letter, October 10-11) is a hit. Taxes are low, less money goes into government funding, and debt will catch up. The capabilities and inclusiveness demonstrated during the government’s response to the pandemic have evaporated.
Where is your vision for building the future? There are opportunities to encourage participation in the workplace, increase education and training, and help the unemployed, the disabled, and the less wealthy people who are the driving force of the economy. At very low interest rates, there is room to invest in renewable energy and other technologies to help Australia become a green energy superpower. There is an opportunity to build social housing and public transport and reset the elderly care sector. All of these initiatives also create jobs.
Instead, there are tax cuts that can lead to personal savings and profits for large corporations. The dead train is coming. Who will suffer when it hits? — Elaine Moon, Blacksland
In the federal budget, economists are divided on the benefits (or other) of tax cuts. On the one hand, some say tax cuts kickstart the economy. This is probably a thinking process based on trickle-down theory. Second, there are groups of voices saying that this money should be spent on other issues such as renewable energy and infrastructure. The strongest problem certainly seems to be the affordable housing needed, and its proponents say its construction will also boost employment.
But it’s worrisome that no one is asking why we are so lacking in affordable housing and other perceived problems. Sure, do we need to know the cause of the problem so that we can not only cure the symptoms but also solve the problems that cannot be solved by themselves?
Housing has become affordable due to deliberate government policies that have turned essential requirements into speculative market opportunities. Since then, they have made much of their workforce casual, leaving many with insufficient income and forced to rent. When these people retire or lose their jobs, they can’t afford to pay their rent and can’t be part of the homeless. — Don Oise, Dudley
Read that the Florist industry prior to COVID-19 generated $ 1.6 billion annually and employed 6,300 Australians (“Heavy Petal”, October 10-11), so important to the government. I was wondering which football produced it. The pandemic has begun. NRL 2019 generated $ 528 million in revenue and had 500 employees. — Corinne Johnston, Gymea Bay
Life begins at the age of 40: save the ferry
During this time of the Renewable Energy Renaissance, the Minister of Transport is irresponsible for removing the iconic Manly Ferry (“Manly Ferry Days”, October 10-11). If it’s too expensive to do, change to solar / wind / battery power. It’s shameful to dispose of them. Does technocrats, who lack maritime knowledge and history, decide that? There are still many boats in the harbor that regularly operate water 100 years ago. I’m only 60 years old and I’m well-received when she passes by. I live near the ferry maintenance yard and find that the Manly ferry doesn’t get as much work as a modern catamaran. Preserve our heritage. — Neil Duncan, Balmain
There are two world ferry trips I recommend. The first is a high-speed ferry between Vietnam’s Cat Ba Island and Hai Phong, which sails 41 km in 50 minutes. The other is a trip from Circular Quay to Manly on a freshwater class boat for all the tranquility except the worst weather. The end of the latter will be a huge loss. — Norm Neill, Darlinghurst
Konstanz is rocking the boat with his claim that the freshwater fleet needs to be replaced because “the life has expired after 40 years.” In Sweden, the same steamship has been sailing from the popular Stockholm to Mary Fred since 1903. Konstanz should think of ways to keep the attractive ferry afloat for at least another 60 years, rather than letting the fleet scuttle. — Paul Ryan, Emu Plains
The Minister of Transport’s Vega constituency must have the important feature that he and his members hate to lose. So it doesn’t matter if the Sydney Cider and our iconic double-ender Manly Ferry are in their current freshwater class or are memorable large vessels that originally sailed the Manly and Port Jackson steamship routes .. The new emerald-class ferry is arguably a great vessel, but it can’t handle the same extreme weather as the existing fleet, can’t carry the same peak load, and has a unique travel experience that separates the Manly route from the inner harbor. To provide. Getting Manly passengers on a ferry in the harbor is like serving fine wine in a paper cup. You can only do that if you have no choice. — Doug Walker, Vocom Hills
Rich in artistry
As one of the “people of all kinds” that appeared in Martin Sharp’s house (“The four walls have the essence of an artist”, October 10-11), I made Willian one of Sydney. Can you strongly support maintaining it? A working cultural icon? As I walked to buy one of Sharp’s spare copies of the Belboa Theater signal driver poster, I thought a very large recording was playing where Tiny Tim was singing. I looked aside to see Tiny Tim doing a live rehearsal in the lounge. Unforgettable. Then he signed my copy of his prints very kindly, as he did when he met Martin Sharp. May his home, his memories, and his outstanding artwork last a long time. — Peter Graves, Curtin (ACT)
If you care, read this
National Caregiver Week (October 11-17) is an opportunity to raise awareness about the primary caregiver and its diverse care roles. Their outstanding contribution deserves recognition and admiration. In Australia without formal training, more than 2.7 million caregivers provide 36 million hours of care and support each week to family members and friends with disabilities and illnesses, or those in need of later support. And saves $ 1.1 billion a week in public wallets. These unsung heroes wash their bodies, laundry and dishes. Keep schedule, record and temper. Give medicine, time, hugs. Wipe the face, bench counter and bottom. Fill out the form, fridge, silence. Deal with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, care workers, Centrelinks, sleep deprivation. Meanwhile, we need support to lead our lives. Take time to acknowledge the caregiver’s selflessness, not only this week, but every day, especially given the additional demands facing the era of COVID-19. — Meg pickup, Ballina
Who is wandering around?
Excuse me, New South Wales Government? Arrest peaceful demonstrators on Oxford Street marching for transgender rights for violating COVID-19 restrictions and increasing crowds at race meetings in Landwick Do you want to announce it? — Alan Rosendale, Dulwich Hill
First world solutions
Climate change “mitigation” and “adaptation” are stupid reactions to climate change (“Climate change threatens public finances if not addressed: RBA”, October 10-11). The wise thing is to restore the climate. This can be done by prioritizing it – even if it requires a lower standard of living in the First World for some time. — John Coin, Padstow Heights
The RBA report makes it very clear that the inability to respond quickly to climate change, primarily by reducing emissions as quickly as possible, puts significant costs on businesses and some individuals. I will. It is clear that daily delays make effective emission reduction tasks more difficult and increase the likelihood of failure. And the price of failure to tackle climate change is unbearable to think about. — Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin (ACT)
6 Nobels, less
Currently, nine Nobel laureates were selected in 2020 in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry and literature. How unusual it is that six of them are North Americans! Even the Nobel Peace Prize was presented to the United Nations World Food Program, an organization founded in 1961 at the suggestion of another American, Dwight D. Eisenhower. How embarrassing. Could this be the same United States that political experts declared to be at the end of life? — Bruce Ryan, Kiama
I disagree with Elliott Brennan that social cohesion is breaking in Australia as in the United States (“Right-wing terrorists will not turn back. We cannot wait”, October 10-11). Social cohesion here may have been a bit crooked, but it has broken due to heavy spending on income support and strong action by the right-wing federal government to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Is not … — Ian Falconer, Taramara
Squeezed to meet you
Will cafes and restaurants provide elbow rooms even if the restrictions are relaxed (“Immediate discussions to consider the NSW” one person per square meter “rule”, smh.com.au, 10 11th of March)? I hope so. — Jenny Greenwood, Hunter’s Hill
Go to dog
“Pet Apparel Designer” (“Brain and Brown: Theo Shapes with Partners”, October 10-11)? Really a phenomenon in the first world. — Mike Phillips, Yaroomba, Queensland
I predict that healthy Mr. Trump will lose the election and be prosecuted for tax evasion and other charges. At my house, he will pretend to be ill and will be in a wheelchair like Ms. Cosby and Ms. Weinstein. — Mokhles Sidden, South Strathfield
It’s very good to have a tax cut for your employer (“Tax cuts to help most but poor people get hit”, October 10-11), but as an older pensioner I don’t pay taxes (and receive nothing else) Income); Will my pensions line up? Remember: We also vote for oldies. — Dave Horsefall, North Gosford
In World War II, the whole family lived under the table (additional note, October 10-11). You don’t have the luxury of shoeboxes yourself. — Terry Lantz, Mona Veil
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