Freedom of the Press????

Is this what “Freedom of the Press” means – and I refer to the disgusting exhibition of media frenzy surrounding the arrival of Cardinal George Pell at the Court in Melbourne. He at least behaved with dignity but I can’t castigate enough the behaviour of the media. Surely there should be some protection against the harassing of people attending courts. Surely the owners of the media are ashamed at the way their people behave – pushing their microphones into the face of the person, asking silly questions (What did you think when you saw the body), chasing after cars running down the street asking the same silly questions at the car windows (unfortunately this seems to be the prerogative of young – usually blonde – women in high heels .
Do they really expect that they will be answered? Is there any law that could keep these awful people back, like an AVO to operate at say 10 ft.
Unfortunately this isn’t the only instance of vulture-feeding at a media frenzy – it happens at any outside-court appearance of notables.
Was the effort worth it if this is what we achieved?  It makes me so ashamed.

Different laws for Indigenous

“Different laws for Indigenous will make matters worse”. I heartily agree with the writer in Letters SMH 25 July. What next – different laws for, say, my ancestors who when they “arrived” would have outnumbered the locals and now when you see the names of those claiming aboriginality they must now outnumber them even more (look for the number of Mc, Mac, O’ etc)  and have a culture and heritage of many, many years..
When all the talk about the Referendum started it was about “recognition” and even then I didn’t know what it meant because we all know (unless we never went to school or read anything) that the original people were here from about 65,000 years ago – so what did “recognition” actually mean.
And the demands expand daily until now I hear claims for areas of land to be recognised and separate to the rest of Australia. If this continues if/when we have the referendum I will definitely vote “NO”….  I wait for the day when I hear an Indigenous person say “I am Australian”.    I am six or seven generations Australian and my g-g-children then are 9-10 generations and came from Irish stock.  However I do not call myself Irish Australian – I am Australian and that’s it.  And I look forward to the day Indigenous people do not claim tribal names but simply Australian.

FIXED TERMS FOR PARLIAMENT

Definitely NO to fixed four year terms of Parliament in NSW.
I could go with three year terms but no fixed term.  How could we get rid of them when they really let us down.  For instance what to do about Gladys – we must wait for the election date to come around but in some eventualities Gladys and her Government could go but if we had a fixed 4-year term …..  NO ….., too hard to get rid of in fixed term.   They can do enough damage in 3yr term without extending to fixed four year terms.  After all – they are politicians – and who trusts politicians?

Water, Water everywhere and not a drop to drink

“4 Corners” 25/7 showed us just is wrong with the Murray/Darling/Barwon River systems in the Far West but there is one question not tackled in this excellent programme: Will the pirates taking and using millions (? billions) of litres of river water illegally pay tax on their ill-gotten gains?
After all we are all behind the ATO in clawing back taxes from overseas companies for taking profits in this country and not paying appropriate tax, just don’t forget the illegal users of water in this country – what would the illegal “take” amount to in dollars?
Does anyone worry about, say, the people of Broken Hill left without water last year, and people and communities down river as far as Victoria and South Australia?
Now we will wait…wait… to see what our elected representatives do when the question is their top-end mates.

SAME SEX MARRIAGE

So El Supremo Dutton backs a call for a “postal vote” to decide the same sex marriage issue.  Of course, with his understanding of the electorate he would know that many people would be unable to “postal vote”,  like the elderly/sick (and they may make up a large percentage of “no” votes) and any who have to take the often long walk until they find a letter box or even in this day and age – no car.
And similarly he would know that so many who could not easily access the post would just give up….and so their votes would not count (what percentage ).
What price a plebiscite…and what value?

PLANNING????

I suggest readers get hold of the SMH 3 July advising that 35,000 new homes will be built along the Bankstown line i.e. passing through suburbs from Sydenham to Bankstown and on Canterbury/New Canterbury/Old Canterbury Rds and further but not a mention of new bus services to cope with the thousands of new residents who will need bus lines and the already over-taxed train lines.
Is this the result of the London Expert who suggested 20-tower blocks along all transport routes?
Has this government in its obsession with roads and developments forgotten that these 30,000 dwellings will bring up to 100,000 people to the area? Where are the shops, the bus services, the facilities that will be required by this influx of new people. ..and don’t forget the shambles that is New Canterbury and Canterbury Roads already.
Oh yes! – they DO tell us that the rail line will be closed for about a year early next decade but hopefully by that time this govt will be long a memory..

PLASTIC BAGS and a money grab

I agree with your remarks Jack McCann (Letters SMH 17/7) and ask what happens in a hot Sydney summer – as we expect this year – when wettish kitchen rubbish is paperwrapped and placed in our bins for a week awaiting the next removal?
I can tell you – maggots!
And who will clean out my bins when this occurs? N
Not those people fighting to get rid of the plastic bags – me!
And I can’t believe that the replacement bags from the supermarkets really cost the 15cents they will charge us.
Is this just another money grab?