Remember the small towns
With a byelection for the seat of Wagga to be held on a date, which will best suit the government's machinations, it is timely for all those jockeying to become candidates or their supporters to consider what comprises the electorate.
Many reported comments suggest that the City of Wagga IS the electorate and what the city will expect the next member to deliver. Don't forget that Lockhart and Tumut Shires are also included and are entitled to representation.
They might even put forward the best candidates for any of the various parties or an independent.
Whatever the result, hopefully the seat will become marginal, which will encourage the government to be more enthusiastic in timely completion of promised works and listening to the needs of all.
Graham Elphick, Junee
In response to a letter on July 21 called "Fall through the crack".
NSW Labor’s Kate Washington continues to play politics with some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Ms Washington’s claims that the NSW Liberal and National Government privatised the disability sector is false.
Prior to the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), non-government organisations provided more than 60 per cent of all disability services in NSW.
The transfer of disability services to the non-government sector supports the delivery of the NDIS, giving people with disability in NSW more choice and control. NGO’s have the flexibility and responsiveness required to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people.
Our key consideration in transferring services to highly regarded NGOs, such as the Benevolent Society, Northcott and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, is the providers’ capacity to grow and expand specialist disability services.
The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has paid off the debt and cleaned up the mess left by Labor, allowing us to provide $3.2 billion each year to the NDIS.
Thousands of people with disability in NSW are better off under the NDIS. More than 90,000 people with disability are now benefiting from the NDIS. It is expected the NDIS will have the capacity to support up to 140,000 people with disability in NSW.
We are committed to the NDIS and will work with all parties, including the Commonwealth, to ensure the NDIS delivers quality supports for people with disability. Unfortunately, what began as a bi-partisan initiative has seen Labor play politics with some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
Ray Williams MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Multiculturalism
The boomerang bags
Preserving the environment is our sincere intent
When at the shops your goods you choose
Those plastic bags you must refuse
And pop your goods inside of me
And so, less garbage there will be.
This little verse was attached to 300 fabric bags, which has been made by members of Hanwood CWA 30 years ago. The environment was the theme for the annual Country Woman of the Year Contest, an annual event, that year held at Port Macquarie.