GRATITUDE FOR PRACTICE'S HELP
I would like to thank the wonderful staff at Glenrock Country Practice for organising the vaccinations of myself and my two autistic sons. They organised the time and the also arranged for a doctor to be available so they had a familiar face to give them their injections. We were well looked after and both my sons were treated with respect and dignity.
Anthony Nechvatal, Wagga
SUBMARINE DEAL COMES AT COST
We now know why our Prime Minister had no time for dealing with the pandemic, he was far too busy sealing his 'forever' deal with the USA and the UK.
And please, don't even get me going about why this government would never consider a peaceful use of nuclear energy (replacing coal-fired power stations) but is now committing to a nuclearised military.
In one fell swoop Scott Morrison has sold off what was left of our independence in foreign policy and defence. We have now become the de facto 51st state.
The Australian public will be lumbered with the debt owed to an understandably furious France. Undoubtedly billions of dollars. We will then face the prospect of yet another US-led defence project (an underwater joint strike fighter program?) that will undoubtedly run hugely over time and over budget.
This deal with the American Military Industrial Complex will see us continue to put our defence personnel at the disposal of the US for any war they choose to trump up. Coming at the end of the latest fiasco in Afghanistan, you would have thought we had learnt our lessons.
We are purchasing American arms to be used in American wars. Everyone seems hell bent in decrying how evil the People's Republic of China is. Why? They certainly don't go to war as frequently and as disastrously as the US. Tragically our own politicians are far too quick to offer Australia's support and military efforts in these calamities.
Timothy Clements, Albury
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SUSPICION OF REVENUE RAISING
I watched with interest a news item on the dramatic increase in the number of people being fined for speeding by less than 10km/h since the removal of warning signs for speed camera cars.
There has been a whopping 1300 per cent increase, it was reported, but there has not been an increase in higher range speeding detections.
Consistent findings over many years have pointed to a greater police presence on the roads and signage as the greatest deterrent for speeding. I believe these recent figures (the 1300 per cent increase) confirm that due to the dramatic increase in fines since the removal of signs.
It was interesting to note that recent problems supplying cars for the southern part of NSW reportedly resulted in a reduction in fines for that part of the state. These make the northern section of NSW's figures all the more incredible. It does not take much of a lapse in concentration to be 4km/h over the limit and incur a fine.
This new move by the state government obviously does not work as a deterrent.
It will be interesting to see if the government takes notice of these findings and returns to the implementation of warning signs. If not, one could be forgiven for thinking along the revenue raising line.
Michael Stevenson, Warners Bay
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