ARTS DEGREES HAVE PROVEN THEIR ECONOMIC VALUE
If arts degrees are so useless, why do you need to double the cost of them to dissuade people from doing them?
Are students being forced to do humanities against their will when they'd rather be scientists or mathematicians?
What kind of society do we wish to have now and in the future?
One where culture and critical thinking are derided as "useless" to the society?
One where STEM degrees are somehow in competition with humanities?
The society fosters one but not the other?
By the way, the arts - writing, film, theatre, dance, art galleries, music - do contribute heavily to the Australian economy.
The notion that they are just a drain on the public purse is untrue.
In 2019, to quote Create NSW, the NSW government released a report that shows arts, screen and cultural activities in NSW contribute $16.4 billion to the state's economy.
There is significant economic value in arts, screen and culture nationwide.
Neill Overton, Wagga
CHERISHED FREEDOMS 'LOST' TO GOVERNMENT CONTROL
Australian people, we are a lucky country since we are an island, we can control who comes in.
But over the years we have lost our freedom in the name of safety.
In my early years I had installed a lap seat in my Morris Major car for safety.
One could take a ride on the back of a ute or truck, and in the early school days school children would ride on the back of the truck with side boards to travel to Yenda to St Theresa to compete in sport.
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Since then governments have put safety first and if we do not comply we receive a fine in the name of safety.
With the coronavirus we locked ourselves in and did not go anywhere.
People had fights over toilet paper. Supermarkets ran out of rice, pasta, lettuce, celery, cauliflower, meat.
People lost their jobs, and four million school students stayed at home learning, and the state government of Victoria closed down Parliament, declaring a state of emergency.
The Queensland government had police manning their borders. Victoria, South Australia and West Australia all closed their borders to travellers.
How many people have signed up to the federal government's app in regard to the coronavirus?
And now the federal government can track us wherever we go for our safety.
They can tell me who I have been with in the past three weeks.
But when it comes to selling off Australia's farm land and water to overseas governments, such as Cubby Station which is owned by China, and Kidman Station which it partly owns.
Every sugar mill was once owned by Australia.
Now, 80 per cent of our meat works and almost every dairy factory is foreign-owned, and not to forget Darwin Port, sold off to China by the Nationals.
Our cherished freedom and liberties have been lost to government intervention and control; they are hard to get back.
It's time for our federal government to come clean and tell the people who owns Australia's farm land and water?
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
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