Politicians as soon as extra telling it prefer it is not
It is all the time a pleasure to look at politicians telling it prefer it is not.
Victoria’s treasurer for the previous eight years, Tim Pallas, desires voters to consider that “our [his] fiscal plan is on monitor to return Victoria’s finances to surplus” (“We now have delivered for Victorians”, November 24). The dispiriting info of his authorities’s eye-watering profligacy inform a completely totally different story.
Victoria is many years away from returning to finances surplus if borrowing charges proceed on the present trajectory. Opposite to perceptions, voters do perceive the inherent risks of unbridled debt and deficit, particularly as rates of interest rise.
As an alternative of extra “guarantees”, the federal government would do properly to start out repairing Victoria’s damaged public well being system.
John Simpson, Melbourne, Vic
Shallow reasoning in critique of Andrews
Your editorial (“Victoria can not afford extra of Andrews’ Labor”, November 24) is fairly shallow in its reasoning.
I haven’t got a celebration desire, however I attempt to vote for no matter celebration seems to be pondering additional forward than the following election. Whereas I do not like all the things about it, the present Victorian authorities is the primary in at the very least half a century to be investing in our future.
Whereas operating up an honest debt, it’s at the very least constructing helpful issues for the longer term, from prepare traces to hospitals.
Now there’s a proposal to create a brand new model of the State Electrical energy Fee as an alternative choice to the privatized shambles that Jeff Kennett left us. Your editorial author clearly would not dwell in Victoria or they’d understand how a lot the price of electrical energy has risen since then.
Kennett additionally closed Fairfield, our solely massive infectious ailments hospital, as a result of we would not want one sooner or later.
Like your author, I do not like department stacking, however do they critically assume the Liberals do not do it (albeit extra discreetly)?
And as for the declare that left-wing unions “management” Daniel Andrews, I do not assume anyone might management him.
Jeffrey Newman, East Ivanhoe, Vic
Sitting geese in weird ‘sustainability’ effort
Victoria might have a perplexing method to economics (Letters, November 24) however it additionally has a novel method to “sustainability”. The Andrews authorities has donated $48,000 to searching group Discipline & Recreation Australia to construct 300 “hen-houses” to breed geese at wetlands.
At $160 apiece, you’d hope the lodging is snug for the little chicken households. Nonetheless, the offspring will develop into targets for subsequent 12 months’s duck shoot.
4 many years of aerial surveys by UNSW present native geese are in long-term decline. In the meantime, Victorian taxpayers are funding chicken factories in order that extra native waterbirds may be blown up in autumn.
It will be cheaper, extra sustainable and extra humane to only cease taking pictures geese – as three different states have completed.
Corale Suter, Somers, Vic
Large drawback for small enterprise
Office Relations Minister Tony Burke claims small enterprise is exempt from the bargaining system he’s making an attempt to arrange. Respectfully, minister, you might be dreaming.
He can say that as a result of companies with fewer than 15 staff are exempt. My enterprise has 30 staff however remains to be a small enterprise. In my sector, the highest 20 or so legislation companies are massive enterprise. There is not any manner I need to be grouped with them.
The answer is to redefine small enterprise as over 50, and even over 100, staff. Our sort of enterprise is working in a distinct world to the large legislation and accounting companies that cost $800+ an hour.
No manner ought to we be dragged alongside on their coattails.
Paul Everingham, Hamilton, Qld
No smooth touchdown for Melbourne arrivals
Melbourne Airport’s CEO addressing Qantas shortcomings is a masterly deflection (“Sky-high airfares unsustainable”, November 22). Melbourne Airport, by a protracted margin the worst capital metropolis airport, detracts from the journey expertise at each flip and each stage.
Its elevation of Uber to probably the most accessible methodology of off-airport transport is yet another instance of its greed on the expense of shoppers’ journey expertise.
Passengers making an attempt to first discover, then entry taxis, and even the SkyBus, should navigate cattle races, baggage stacks, smoking areas and huddled teams awaiting “their” Uber.
Early-morning worldwide arrivals are channeled to Uber and can bear the total brunt of its surge pricing mannequin. All this makes for an exquisite introduction to Melbourne.
What charges does Uber pay Melbourne Airport?
Chris G. Wallis, Albert Park, Vic
Twiggy weighs in on reconciliation
It’s nice that Twiggy Forrest has taken day out from his crusades to repair the world’s vitality issues, deplete plastic within the oceans and reinvigorate Australian manufacturing to weigh in on native title and reconciliation (“This Indigenous chief will not again right down to Fortescue” , November 21).
His savior method to enhance the lives of Indigenous folks has the colonialist cringe of many years of presidency earlier than him, but one way or the other within the courtroom of public opinion he’s nonetheless admired.
Maybe a number of losses within the courts of legislation will take the shine off him, reset his ego, and enhance the lives of the normal land house owners.
Gabriel Dabscheck, Elsternwick, Vic
Ah, the fantastic thing about capitalism
The governor of the Reserve Financial institution would not need folks to have greater wages as a result of that might enhance inflation and compel him to extend rates of interest even additional, to curb folks’s expenditure. In different phrases, he desires to decrease dwelling requirements with a view to save dwelling requirements.
Capitalism is definitely stunning.
Rod Matthews, Fairfield, Vic
South Australia doesn’t exist in a vacuum
Given South Australia has a low inhabitants and isn’t recognized for its heavy manufacturing, it’s little marvel it could possibly meet its vitality wants by way of renewables (“Cease propping up a dying business,” Letters, November 24). Whereas that could be a superb factor, let’s disconnect the state from the nationwide transmission grid and the nationwide economic system and see the way it goes over time. South Australia doesn’t exist in a vacuum: its existence is derived from energy-intensive industries in different states and abroad.
Joanna Wriedt, Eaglemont, Vic
The inexperienced business possibility we ignore
All I need for Christmas is for some captain of business to arrange an area manufacturing functionality for photo voltaic panels, wind generators and electrical cables. The volumes required are mind-boggling. And immediately we import 95 per cent of them, largely from China.
John Busselmaier, West Finish, Qld