You say: businesses should not be able to discriminate

A reader believes businesses should not be able to discriminate against their customers. But is this what she is really talking about?
A reader believes businesses should not be able to discriminate against their customers. But is this what she is really talking about?

Having been in business for some years, I am wryly amused at the comments by some people that businesses should be free to discriminate against customers of whom they disapprove.

Businesses can decide now whether they will serve everyone or indeed no one.

If they wish to remain in business, it seems to me that customer’s beliefs have nothing to do with the money that they spend which, of course, businesses rely on in order to stay in business.

Mary Kidson


Let’s get it sorted

I welcome the agreement of the government and the Australian Labor Party on a way forward to resolve the citizenship issue. I introduced a similar motion to the Parliament in August.

In coming weeks all parliamentarians will be required to disclose their citizenship status, their parents’ and grandparents’; and evidence of how any dual citizenship was renounced.

Readers may be interested to note one of my grandparents was born in Rutherglen, one in Wodonga, one in Melbourne and one in Tasmania. I was born in Albury. My parents, grandparents and I hold no dual citizenship.

My commitment has always been to work with the government of the day, with respect, and putting Indi first.

When Parliament resumes on November 27, I intend to continue this approach which has served Indi well since my election: funding for 38 mobile phone towers, progress on a sustainable solution for the North East rail line including $100 million to fix the track, and great success in attracting infrastructure funding.

I welcome the many letters, phone calls and emails my office has received on the citizenship issue. Constituents have been keen to see the uncertainty settled and I would encourage people to stay in touch.

Cathy McGowan, Independent member for Indi

Disturbing behaviour 

The news out of Albury with a male allegedly putting the drug ice on a babies pacifier was very disturbing, and raises concerns about how safe many young lives are around drug-addicted parents.

How many children are being neglected in the homes of drug addicts.

The safe injecting rooms proposed will need to have day care as well, perhaps . 

There is too much interest in helping addicts inject and too little care about who they harm and damage that they are doing every day. 

Stuart Davie, Corowa

Intervention is the key

A recent Fairfax Media article confirms that government intervention is the key cause of high and rising childcare costs. 

One the one hand is reams of government imposed red tape which makes it immensely costly to set up a child care centre. This has the effect of reducing supply. 

On the other hand are government subsidies which drive up demand for childcare. These two factors combined have caused rapid price increases. 

Governments should cut red tape on the childcare sector by removing qualification requirements for childcare staff, eliminating minimum child-to-staff ratios, and reforming planning and zoning laws to reduce the cost of opening a childcare centre. 

Daniel Wild, Institute of Public Affairs


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