Letters: Border Mail readers have their say on the issues of the day

A very worthy cause

I wish to commend Trish Ryan on her remarkable initiative in setting up Meg’s Childrens’ Home in Nepal (The Border Mail, August 5) and to wish good luck to Mike Coen on his fundraising journey. 

RUN DRY: The debacle with Murray-Goulburn milk prices has undermined many producers of whole milk and forced a percentage of leave the industry, a reader says.

RUN DRY: The debacle with Murray-Goulburn milk prices has undermined many producers of whole milk and forced a percentage of leave the industry, a reader says.

The Inner Wheel Club of Wodonga has been supporting the cause over the past seven years, having raised more than $28,000 for the children.

We commend this worthy cause and invite the community to support Trish Ryan and her orphans and wish Mike a successful pilgrimage. 

Bev Hosie, President Inner Wheel Club of Wodonga 

Beyond inept

I am firmly of the belief that the current Australian government and the opposition just have no idea or comprehension of how totally inept and useless they really are.

After years of lurching from one avoidable crisis to another and wasting billions of dollars on their path of destruction of Australia, one would think that someone in the team would wave the red flag. But no. Not even a white flag. Their arrogance is beyond breathtaking.

There is no need here to begin to list the innumerable ways these elected representatives have failed. Our daily news feeds are replete with crisis followed by failure, followed by crisis, ad-nauseum. They are not governing Australia, they are destroying it. 

Even Laurie Oakes has thrown in the towel. “What hope is there for this country?” he probably thinks, and out of sheer and utter frustration, gives up.

Our only hope is for the government to call an election – now. 

Such an election will be fought on human rights, accountable and transparent government, environmental protection or exploitation, a federal ICAC, marriage equality, fair and equitable taxation, political donations, climate change, coal, water, education, health, privacy, the cause of terrorism in this country and ways to defuse it, long-term sustainability or short-term profit-making, Indigenous justice, population, globalism, and quite a few other pressing issues that have been sidelined or swept under the Canberra carpet.

Malcolm Turnbull, here is your circuit breaker. Here is your chance to break the headlock and the deadlock you and your government have pushed us all in to. 

We are not happy and will become much less so if you continue to try and govern by crisis, and you have failed us, the Australian people.

Glenn Wilson, Tallangatta Valley

Just another sell out?

The community is well aware of the demolition of Australia's car manufacturing industry and realises that we are now beholden to overseas vehicle manufacturing interests for our future supplies.

There are many other industries which have been lost in recent years to other countries.

Having had a lifetime interest in agriculture I now wonder what may eventually happen in dairy farming.

The debacle with Murray-Goulburn milk prices has undermined many producers of whole milk and forced a percentage of these farmers to either leave the industry or change to another farming activity.

The effect of these developments has been that the volume of milk produced has decreased.

I now ask, when will we see our future milk supplies delivered from China? Already its production of domestic milk has rapidly increased in recent years. We can credit this improvement by China, by it developing quality and production characteristics in its dairy cattle.

Australia has contributed to this improvement by exporting high-grade commercial and stud dairy cattle as well as genetics to lift China's dairy herd standards and consequently its milk production. 

Will this be just another example of Australia being sold out to other nations?

Doug Seacombe, Wodonga