Daily Advertiser letters to the editor, September 23

UNDER SIEGE: NSW Premier Mike Baird continues to feel the heat over his government's controversial greyhound ban.

UNDER SIEGE: NSW Premier Mike Baird continues to feel the heat over his government's controversial greyhound ban.

Height of hypocrisy

PREMIER Mike Baird proclaims he is an animal lover and is concerned about their welfare.

However, it appears he is a bit selective as to which animals that he actually loves?

On one hand, his recent actions indicate he apparently has a strong dislike for greyhounds.  

While on the other hand, he obviously loves and adores cats.

This is indicated by recently increasing his “fat cat” mates’ pay packets by more than 20 per cent.

I think that everyone would agree that it’s about time for Mike to show a little bit more consistency.  

Colin Field


Violence begets violence

ONCE again, we are hearing all the excuses under the sun for the US-led air strikes on an aid convoy in Syria.

Sadly, it seems as though Australian forces were involved too.

In the 21st century, is it not astounding that human beings have not been able to come up with better ways of solving their problems than bombing the life out of each other?

Whenever civilians, hospitals and other innocent individuals are targeted, we are told repeatedly it was just another unfortunate mistake!

When others inflict violence on the US and its allies, we are assured this is terrorism. Frankly, I can’t see much difference between them.

Peter Matthews


A marriage of logic

GEORGE Brandis, the attorney-general, and Bill Shorten, the leader of the Opposition, would know that no parliament has any power to change the meaning of any word in the constitution.

The High Court has consistently affirmed that “the meaning to be given to a term is that which it had at the date of the Constitution 1900”.

Consequently, it is only by the people's authorisation via a referendum that the work “marriage” could be amended from meaning “the union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others”.

There has been much complaining about what even a plebiscite would cost.

However, the next federal election, due in three years’ time (or sooner), would be an opportunity to submit the marriage question in tandem with the necessary election, which would incur very little cost. After all, the definition of marriage has been in all cultures since the beginning of time, so why the rush now? 

Peter Young


Finding hidden agendas

I AM writing to congratulate the nine councillors elected to serve the Wagga council community for the next four years.

I do believe those councillors elected will serve the community in a positive manner.

However, my personal experience was that some councillors were mainly interested in the benefits to themselves, family members, friends and business associates, instead of the whole community.

There are strict rules in the Local Government Act in relation to that.

Personally, I know these issues have been reported to council, who have decided there was nothing further that they could do about them.

I simply ask the elected councillors to be aware of these issues, which are well know in some circles.

I would hope our general manager in his administrative position would closely monitor the situation related to pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests. I believe if this happens, then we will see a council working much better than it has in the past.

Kevin Wales


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