Daryl’s resignation is a waste of money
With the Labor party, Greens and others demanding Daryl Maguire resign, it just shows how little our politicians care about money being wasted.
What is the use of having a byelection now considering we have to have a full state election early next year?
Do they realise how much a byelection will cost? If Daryl wants to do the right thing he should wait until September to resign to save the tax payer thousands of dollars.
Surely an administrator could run the seat for eight months. They do for six.
Remember Obeid, Tripodi, MacDonald? And that is not even looking at the current rorters in Victoria who are refusing to leave.
Maguire is not the first and probably won’t be the last.
Sometimes it seems to be about getting a scalp rather than what is good and sensible.
Solution to algae issue is simple
Wagga council is determined to spend (waste) $150,000 endeavouring to find out why Lake Albert has algae, (The Daily Advertiser, July 17).
Any primary a school student will tell you that to stop algae you need to keep water flowing or moving - not science, just nature common sense.
The problem is obvious
Your opinion writer Rob Inglis (Weekend Advertiser, July 21, “Culture wars a blight on Australia’s politics”) seems to have a poor grasp of statistics.
Refuting the perception that there is an “African gangs crisis” in Melbourne he blithely cites some raw crime stats: “there were 846 Sudanese-born offenders” in the first nine months of 2017, compared to a whopping “59,048 Australian-born offenders”.
Sounds like no problem at all, right? A drop in the ocean! Until, of course, one checks some simply calculated percentages. In 2017, the population of Victoria was 6.3 million and the Sudanese population constituted one tenth of one percent of that (0.1%). [Ref: www.abc.net]
So, a bit less than one percent of the Australian-born population, but over eleven per cent of the 6300 Sudanese, committed an offense of some sort. Comparing the two using only Melbourne population figures would widen this disparity much further.
Obviously these statistics tell us nothing about the majority of our Sudanese immigrants who are probably charming people.
Robert T Walker
The game isn’t that bad
We live in a world where so many people aren’t happy unless they’ve got something to complain about and there’s no better example of this than people who want to change the rules of Australian Rules football.
All this talk of zones and starting positions is nonsense. The game is in a pretty good place, with almost any team capable of beating another on a given day.
If umpires in the AFL could pay holding the ball correctly, the game would be damn-near perfect.