It’s such a disrespectful way to treat people, expecting them to serve you while you can’t actually be bothered giving them just a fraction of the time required for them to do so.
I see most people agree (The Border Mail poll) that this behaviour is rude, while a minority say it’s just a sign of the times. But the point would be that it wouldn’t be a sign of the times we live in if more people and businesses pushed back against such behaviour.
David Allan, Wodonga
Hard to be hopeful
While I certainly agree that it is a ‘glimmer of hope' with regards to the North East line getting redesigned V/Locity sets (‘VLocity the glimmer of hope for rail’, The Border Mail, October 10), I hold out little hope at all for that glimmer to turn to reality.
I'm pessimistic for two reasons. Firstly, as a casual observation, I feel the Border Rail Action Group is taking a too softly-softly approach and being too nice to a government that has little interest in doing anything.
Secondly, I think that local state MPs are taking too long to realise, let alone learn, that they have to actually advocate and persuade Jacinta Allan that the North East has had this issue fester for a decade too long.
Geoffrey Butt, Wodonga
Listen to the people
Politicians across the country must take note of the many thousands of Australians who turned out to protest the proposed Adani mine at the weekend.
I can’t believe politicians would be in favour of this project when you look at Adani’s track record. Some politicians seem all too prepared to take Adani at its word. Considering past form, this would be an enormous gamble and the cost would be irreparable damage to our environment, and likely our economy.
I can’t fathom that politicians would consider it to be an appropriate move to “lend” Adani $1 billion of our money when no one else wants a bar of it. That alone should be more than a “clue” that this project is a dead duck. Banks don’t want to fund this project. Banks make a lot of money based on their ability to assess risk and return. Politicians, on the other hand, make lots of dumb decisions because when it comes to money, they have a bottomless pit to draw from, that being the pocket of the taxpayer.
If $1 billion of our money is to be used to prop up this Indian company, we deserve to have a say on it. Whether that comes in the form of a referendum – unlikely – a referendum of sorts will indeed come. It just may be that taxpayers will have to wait until the next election for their chance to punish the party that backs this idea.
That is surely the fate that awaits the party that is stupid enough to ignore the will of the majority of Australian people on this issue.
Rebecca Williams, Wangaratta
I'd like to thank Sussan Ley MP, for her public support for the yes vote to marriage equality. As you represent your constituents in the Farrer electorate you have listened and acknowledged the majority who support marriage equality.
Although the postal survey is not binding, if the yes vote comes in ahead, I hope you stand up and vote yes to be a part of making Australian history.