With Qantas searching for a locality for this Pilot Training Academy in Southern NSW, has the Wagga City Council considered the former RAAF Base at Uranquinty?
As regards to the accommodation, would it be possible to build a similar one to the Quality Aussie Rules Club motel?
That didn’t take long to build. This is a good opportunity not to be missed.
Arthur Briggs, Wagga
Support for industry
As the local Labor candidate for Farrer I once again reaffirm my support for the live export industry.
The misguided and knee jerk reaction of Sussan Ley in calling for a ban is completely against the interest of rural communities around Australia including those in Farrer.
To ban live exports would be to lay the precedent for further prohibitions on agricultural industries.
The appalling footage in the recent 60 minute report is reflective of a government asleep at the wheel.
It was under this government that these ships were allowed to transport livestock.
They have the power to properly manage our ports and industries but just like with the banks they have chosen to let an industry go rogue.
To ban is to abstain from governance.
To ban is to cost rural communities jobs and export opportunities. To ban is to deny farmers the right to decide how to earn a living off the land.
We should manage not ban live exports.
To properly regulate and monitor the live export industry to ensure it meets community standards.
Unlike Sussan Ley who stated on national television that farmers affected would only loose 20 per cent of their income and this was acceptable.
I stand with the farmers of Farrer and the farmers of Western Australia.
I support their right to earn an honest living without the intervention of a nanny state ban.
Has to be a better option
How nauseating to learn that, just one day after announcing the live export review recommendations, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has rushed off to Qatar and Kuwait to assure importers they'll continue to have an uninterrupted supply of our live animals. Could he not have telephoned or emailed them instead of squandering tax payers money by flying? Especially since the majority of tax payers want live export banned. Or was Littleproud compelled to fly because these nations - who we are constantly told require live animals because they lack refrigerators – also lack phones and computers?
Why is our government grovelling to countries that have a record of mistreating our animals? Only a month ago footage emerged of our sheep being beaten and hurled around like rag dolls at a Qatar abattoir. And, less than a year ago investigators discovered that, in Kuwait, hundreds of our sheep were being illegally sold to private buyers, shoved into oven-like car boots and abused. Besides this, two of our cabinet ministers claim many of our exported sheep are fattened up then sold to other countries. So even if the sea journey was made less gruelling, our animals could end up on board another, even worse, vessel bound for another, even worse, fate.