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Letters to The Age – not published

The man who missed the boat

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Congratulations to The Age for its page 1 story of inhumane pain and suffering of people who deserve better.  “The man who just missed the boat” (The Age 10/9).  Yet another story; yet another headline.  How much longer do we as caring and concerned Australians have to put up with this shame while the rest of the world looks on in disgust? I also watched the video on The Age on-line, watched the young child show his father via Skype what he had bought for him for Father’s Day this year, and also what he bought him last year.  Anyone…

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Better use of plebiscite money

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I watched the segment on the ABC 7.30 report last night (Tuesday) where the Australian Ballet were conducting workshops at the Sydney Opera House for disabled children.  It was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes.  I suggest the Federal government do the job we elected it to do and make a decision on the same sex marriage issue thereby scrapping the plebiscite and channel that money to the Australian Ballet to conduct further workshops for disable children.  There but for the grace of God…….

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Nauru and Manus Island

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I found The Age editorial – “Cruel detention camps must close” (The Age 21/8) both thoughtful and thought provoking.  Why is it that nobody in our Federal Parliament is prepared to make a serious stand on the situation in Nauru and Manus Island? And then I read Tony Wright’s excellent article – “A lament for the loss of love in the age of politics” (The Age 20/8).  That sort of answered my question. There is so much animosity and testosterone fueled tensions in the Federal Parliament that prevents any level of care and compassion.  They haven’t even returned from their…

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Privatisation

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“Privatisation has damaged the economy” says ACCC chairman Rod Sims – (The Age Business 27/7) and he is on the verge of becoming a privatisation opponent. Unfortunately, I think he is too late.  The key assets have already been privatised.  There are some assets that are better managed by the private sector but clearly, certain assets should never be in the hands of the private sector which is driven by the need to reward shareholders.  This particularly applies to the Utilities. I keep reading advice that I need to manage my power consumption better in order to reduce my costs. …

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There but for the grace of God …………………………..

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I submitted a variation of this to The Age but it wasn’t published. Italy has rescued 64,000 asylum seekers since the start of 2014. The Australian Government is proudly proclaiming that it has rescued none, nil, zero, zilch. And now we have 150 Tamils held behind locked doors in rooms without windows on a customs ship for more than two weeks and look likely to spend a lot more time there before their fate is known. My main concern is the damage all this is doing to our great country, that many decent minded citizens in other countries are going…

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