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Letters to The Age – published

Penalty rates

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I never thought I would see the day when I agreed with Senator Eric Abetz.  Penalty rates need to be reviewed, especially as many people regard weekends and public holidays as just another weekday.  But for existing employees who are managing a mortgage and family budget based on the fact that they are legally entitled to an agreed penalty rate, reducing their pay would be immoral.  By all means lower or reduce penalty rates where common sense prevails, set a date from when it will take effect, and new employees after that date should be subject to the new entitlements.

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The blame game

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I have enjoyed an email friendship with a guy in New York for some years now.  I was stunned when he told me he was voting for Donald Trump.  When I asked why, he said that most of the powerful politicians in the USA are corrupt and that Hilary Clinton was the most corrupt.  He argued that anyone with no political baggage was preferable to Hilary. Could this happen here?  Absolutely.  It already is.  The last election sent a strong message to Canberra which has been ignored.  The pollies are not governing for the State or for the Country.  They…

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Contacting companies

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There was a time when one could pick up the phone and ring a company with an enquiry or complaint and the call would be dealt with promptly and efficiently.  But that came at a cost and the cost cutters didn’t like that. Phone numbers started disappearing from letterheads and web sites and replaced with email addresses.  If you were lucky, you might get an email reply within a few days.  But in time this process fell out of favour – it meant hiring more people and training them. Then the email support addresses disappeared and we were encouraged to…

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Let Turnbull pursue what he believes in

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Everybody is entitled to their viewpoint, even people with extremist views.  But it isn’t healthy when people with extremist views hold power.  One only has to read a history book to see why. We actually have a Prime Minister in this country who is not an extremist but he has no power which is a tragedy.  He is running the country with a knife over his head. I don’t know what the solution is but we need a system whereby at the end of the day, the Prime Minister, having listened to all viewpoints, is responsible for making the final…

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Donald Trump

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A question I asked myself when Donald Trump first announced that he wanted the Republican nomination for President was – is he serious?  Or is he “having a lend”?  Is it a big publicity stunt? But now he is the Republican nomination, is he panicking?  Is he really as stupid as he seems to be?  Every time he opens his mouth, he upsets someone.  The more nonsense he spews out, the more I think he doesn’t really want to be the next President.

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Bi-partisanship

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At last – a politician, albeit a former one, with the nous to state publicly the bleeding obvious to most sane people. We need more bi-partisanship policies between the two main political parties, not only in Canberra but in all States and Territories – John Brumby (Australia needs to start making its own luck – The Age online 8/6). With the exception of policies on national security, I don’t remember the last time both parties in Canberra were at one on a major policy that we needed to have.

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