MONEY COULD BE BETTER SPENT
Can someone out there please explain to me why the federal government has to keep wasting money to tell people to get the jab?
Now you don't have to be real smart to explain it; I only went to third class.
I understand there's people who object on religious and health grounds.
I'm in a wheelchair have been for a number of years through a disease.
I had my first jab last May and I couldn't wait for the second.
When the booster is available, I will be there as soon as I can.
When the people start coming in when they know someone has COVID-19 or died through COVID-19, give them an IQ test as well.
Russell Breed, Mount Austin
LEADERSHIP IN 'PARLOUS STATE'
I sympathise with Yvonne Rance ("Stand up and be counted, October 23).
The leadership of Australia is in a parlous state with Scott Morrison seemingly having little idea of how to be a Prime Minister.
I doubt, however, that I would be wishing to see Donald Trump managing the US again like, as you say, "the businessman he is".
Donald Trump has declared bankruptcy six times.
Is this really the sort of person you need in charge of your country's finances?
Dr Ross Hudson, Mount Martha, VIC
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AUSTRALIA: A DIVIDED COUNTRY
Some things we should know about our constitution.
Under section 92, trade within the Commonwealth is to be free.
Should our state's borders be closed? And why have we become a divided country?
In accordance with our constitution, on the imposition of uniform duties of customs, and trade commerce, and intercourse among the states, where by means of internal carriage or ocean navigation. Such shall be absolutely free.
The states and their legislative power: Under the federal system created by the Australian constitution, the six former colonies become the six states of Australia. Before federation, each of the six colonies had its own constitution.
These constitutions regulated, among other things, the legislature, the executive government, and judiciary of the states.
The Australian constitution expressly guarantees the continuing existence of the states and preserves each of their constitutions.
However, the states are bound by the Australian constitution, and the constitution of the states must be read subject to the Australian constitution.
Section 106 Saving of constitution: Every power of Parliament of the Commonwealth shall, subject to this constitution, continue as at the establishment, of a state, as the case may be, until be, until altered in accordance with the constitution of the state.
Section 107 Saving of power of state parliaments: Every power of the Parliament of a colony which has become or becomes a state, shall, unless it is by this constitution exclusively vestee in Parliament of the Commonwealth or withdrawn from Parliament of the state, continue as at the establishment of the Commonwealth, or as at the admission or establishment of the states, as the case may be.
Although the state Parliament can pass laws on a wider range of subjects than the Commonwealth Parliament, the Commonwealth is generally regarded as the more powerful partner in the federation.
Have our state governments gone back to the old ways before federation, as colony states to do what they want?
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
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