It is a real shame when the real issues facing us today in our great country can be forgotten because someone rubbed a cricket ball with a bit of sand paper.
Are we as a nation finally realising that there is a place for ethically correct decision making rather than politically expedient decision making?
Are we now ready to give the battlers the fair go we say we do? Is the idea of a living wage for all now going to get some credence? Are we now ready to admit that we have stopped the boats and we do have a compassionate heart big enough to bring those illegally incarcerated on Manus and Nauru here?
Are the pollies now ready to say many of their perks are just that and, although allowed by the regulations are actually morally wrong? Will rural Australia now start getting the services and support taken for granted in the capital cities? Are our pollies now ready to pass laws which are just and not simply a response to their big donors? Unfortunately, I don’t think so.
John Goonan, Wagga
Piles of what?
Regarding the pile of “debris” deposited on the border of our wetlands (presumably by “street sweepers”, but who knows), I’m just wondering why no Councillor, council employee or close friend of any of those clever people ever noticed a cancerous-sized lump of detritus 20m X 20M X 10M accumulating on one of our presumably most pristine attractions and failed to ask, “Hey Fred, what’s with the big bonfire pile out at the wetlands?”
Honestly? Nobody who has anything with council ever noticed it, had it mentioned to them or said anything?
Robert T Walker, Wagga
Often the community deplores the perceived behaviour of some of our politicians and questions the ethics of political life. This lack of respect is reinforced by the reported actions of two Victorian politicians who sought leave on Good Friday and were granted a “pair” by the government.
It is reported that the two people concerned waited until their pairs left the building and then went into the parliament in order to vote on a controversial matter.
There action seems reprehensible on any basis but to have sought leave on a religious belief and then to act in such a devious manner is almost beyond belief.
Mary Kidson, Wagga
There is an opportunity for comment on the environmental flows which flow down the Murrumbidgee to the Lowbidgee and the Yanga parks.
The policy is set out in the "Yanga National Park, Yanga State Conservation Area and Yanga Nature Reserve Draft Plan of Management" which is open for comment until the 23rd April.
This plan contains the policy where "an environmental water release will be planned as a ‘piggyback’ event. This is where environmental water is released from Burrinjuck and Blowering dams into the Murrumbidgee River at the same time that rainfall has provided a significant inflow in tributary streams downstream of the major water storages."
While reasons for this are contained in the draft plan, it does not consider the effects of this method of water management on other users of the river.