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?

THE SUPER MINISTRY

News of the proposed super Ministry could perhaps get a qualified approval from me (not that this matters – I am just a voter) but to put Peter Dutton in charge…no…no…no. Right or wrong he comes over to me as an authoritarian, humourless, my way or no way person and I cannot go along with him (Colonel Klink or perhaps El Supremo – I hesitate to say “heil…”?) being given such amazing powers in this country. It’s too much Malcolm.

A SIMPLE “THANK YOU”

How often do we see persons –  royalty, VIPs, politicians,  come from a building or in/out of a car and the faithful “somebody” stands by and opens the door?

Do the royal persons, politicians, VIPs, premiers, prime ministers ever say “thank you”? I have watched the scene thousands of times on the news but haven’t yet detected any movement of mouth to say “thank you”.