IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE FACTS
Whilst personally opposed to the view of Paul Bosman ("Think carefully about stance", June 23), who continues to advocate against NSW's upcoming 'Voluntary Assisted Dying' legislation, I do agree with his urging of people to carefully consider where they stand in relation to this issue. Although NSW's draft legislation is not due to be released until July, I believe it will be important for people to fully acquaint themselves with the facts and then make their feelings known to our politicians who will be voting upon the laws within the upcoming year. In doing so remember that Voluntary Assisted Dying is not a proposal to replace palliative care, it is an alternative to enable competent adults experiencing unrelievable suffering from a terminal or incurable illness to legally receive medical assistance to end their life peacefully at a time of their choosing.
To anybody concerned about the legislation as a result of people like Paul's letters, which reference consequences of laws in countries such as The Netherlands without mentioning that they were instituted there with a wider eligibility criterion than will apply to NSW, I encourage going to the website dwdnsw.org.au and browsing through the information provided there which will dispel many of the myths and inaccuracies being peddled by the anti-choice advocates.
Keith Favell, Wagga
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CAR RALLY A WELL-OILED EVENT
Congratulations to all the executive members of the Wagga Veteran Vintage Motor Club on such a wonderfully organised rally on the June long weekend - from Friday afternoon through to Monday morning.
I, myself, don't have a car to enter but do have a friend from Ardlethan who does, so lucky me I got to enjoy this weekend - meeting lots of new people and the well-planned drives with food stops etc. Well done people, I will look forward to the long weekend next June to see what you will come up with!
Helen Richards, Mount Austin
WRONG INFORMATION ON PLAN
Your correspondent Norman Alexander's attempts to promote nuclear and coal power ("Benefits of nuclear and coal, June 22) crashes on the rocks of having completely wrong information to back up his argument. He suggests that a power line between NSW and South Australia would be used to transmit electricity from NSW to SA "because SA is the state that has blackouts, not NSW".
The Blackout Tracker indicates that in three successive years prior to its publication, NSW was the second worst region in Australia and New Zealand for blackouts (NZ's North Island is consistently worse and they use a mix of coal when the South Island hydro levels are low). Victoria had fewer blackouts than NSW in the same period (and that was before SA had the large battery storage) - suggesting a power line between NSW and SA would more often be sending power to NSW than the other way round.
His second major blunder is to say that SA power is the most expensive in the world, and the cheapest power comes from nuclear and coal. The website Solar Quotes indicates "South Australia's average wholesale electricity spot price has been the lowest of all the states so far this financial year" and attributes this to the fact that now 60 per cent of SA's electricity comes from renewables. Norman is welcome to purchase expensive and unreliable coal powered energy if he wants to, but the rest of us certainly won't.
Graham Parton, Glenfield Park
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