SPEEDING MOTORISTS MUST PAY
Your correspondent Steve Stoyko seems to have a problem with speeding motorists contributing to government income and goes to some trouble to point out that this is "revenue raising" (September 4).
Personally I think that's a great thing and should be promoted at every opportunity.
Why not have the speeding motorists pay for the cost of maintaining essential public services, particularly road safety initiatives such as speed cameras. To suggest that speed cameras are only there to raise revenue is clearly not the case, but if they happen to raise revenue while also slowing down traffic speeds that's so much the better.
Graham Parton, Glenfield
SCEPTICAL OF SHOW OF CONCERN
It is difficult not to interpret the Prime Minister's expression of concern to Australians stuck overseas as a marketing ploy to show empathy and to overcome the reaction to his apparent self-indulgence on Father's Day. He could also express concern for defence force families that sometimes have family members absent for weeks or even months at a time. His sudden image of 'caring' seems a bit too cute.
Mary Kidson, Wagga
RACING TRAVEL RULES PUZZLE
The Weekend Daily Advertiser on September 4 published a horse racing article on page 58 about a Wagga trainer taking two horses to a Randwick race meeting. These races were held on September 4. How is this OK, given our current movement restrictions on people visiting Sydney and then returning to Wagga?
Jenny Roberts, Downside
CRITICISM OF THE ABC UNFAIR
Keith Wheeler attacked the ABC Four Corners program for its examination of Fox News USA coverage of Trump and the recent US election (September 6).
After reading his piece, I wondered if Mr Wheeler had actually watched the program. It seems that he relied on the Murdoch press and Sky News for his information.
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If he had watched the program, he would have seen that all the damaging material for Fox came from segments of their own reporting and from interviews with present and past Fox staff. The ABC did not invent any of it. Fox News is successful because it feeds the large number of Trump supporters with "news" that they want to hear, whether it is factual or not.
Fox News lost viewers when their commentators correctly told their audience that Trump had lost the election. Those commentators were fired and since the election Fox has continuously reported Trump's lies as "fact". Alarmingly, false reporting is popular among Trump's supporters and Fox's ratings have recovered.
Contrary to Mr Wheeler's opinion, the ABC does provide balanced reporting.
If it appears biased, it is because many of the commercial news and opinion sources fail to give balance. Democracy depends on us being able to trust what we hear.
On occasion Mr Wheeler can write accurately. His article on vaccination a few weeks ago was well researched with soundly presented arguments for vaccination.
I ask him to treat the ABC with the same fairness; otherwise, "Wheeler's Wisdom" will often be cited as a fine example of an oxymoron.
Gordon Murray, Brucedale
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