Long road ahead for PM
Dear Scott Morrison, congratulations on becoming Prime Minister of Australia. You have a hard road ahead, the Wentworth by-election is not what the rest of Australia is thinking. Australia is in the middle of one of the worst droughts and city people are worried about climate change, refugees and immigration. The elite of Wentworth do not know what climate change is, they live in a concrete jungle, they do not know what it is like when a farmer seeing their livestock dying of hunger and no water. What we need is more dams to store water in times of drought. What we have in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area is low allocation of water of seven per cent and the Murray zero per cent. It all came about with Malcolm Turnbull who came up with the Murray Darling Basin Plan in 2007 to take 43 per cent of water from irrigation farmers, in the middle of a drought that lasted nine years.
Climate has four seasons – winter, spring, summer and autumn. There is a time to plant and a time to harvest what has been planted and the sun travels the sky, that's what gives us the four seasons and governments cannot change the weather.
Before the dams were built there were droughts and the government of the day came up with a plan to build a dam for irrigation to produce food. The Australian environment is a country of droughts, floods and bushfires. Before the dams were built, the only people who lived in the outback lived near the river.
It's time to think for all the people of Australia and not city only people, who do not know where their food comes from. The other problem with irrigation water is it has become a tool to be traded and sold like shares, when it is God's free gift. Who owns the water in the dams, the Burrinjuck, Blowering, Hume and the Dartmouth Dams?
Australia is one of the only countries in the world that sells water entitlements to overseas investors who produce food for their own country. And I stand against the Adani mine which poses the biggest threat to water supply. We need to protect our groundwater.
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
Destroying a brand
With the media reporting of the Royal Commission into the banking and finance sectors “AMP receiving fees from dead people”, you would be excused for thinking that the CEO and or the board of the company had called a meeting of all department heads with a performance bonus in their contracts based on meeting KPIs based on profits from fee income. “Let’s get some fees from dead policyholders!”
Or could it have been a simple failure of the administration communication between the death claims department and the computer administration department due to an innocent mistake by a lapse in concentration by one or more junior clerks?
Venomous unconscionable attacks are being made on an organisation where I was a member of the indoor staff for 10 years from 1954 followed by 50 years as a life insurance salesman.
In all that time AMP management may have made errors of judgment, but never of integrity.
At the end of the day there may well be grounds for a class action by staff, agents and policy owners against the Royal Commission employees for destroying the brand of an Australian icon.