I am writing in disgust at Sussan Ley’s comments in relationship to section 44 of the Australian Constitution.
No Sussan, dismissing citizenship analysis is a greedy politician’s way of hiding from the fact that there are people in Parliament that should not be there, getting the best of life and always inside the boundaries no matter how far the boundaries stretch.
People don't have a lot of time for politicians’ reasons for the self-indulgence of hard-working peoples’ taxes.
How many lawyers and Queen’s counsels and top legal public servants plus the best legal minds in constitutional law does it take to know what section 44 means?
Politicians should find out if they're complying with section 44 at their own expense.
Those who have been found to be dual citizens in Australian Parliament need to pay back every dollar to the Australian people, including those politicians that have retired that are still getting pensions that they were never entitled under section 44 of the Constitution.
The High Court made it clear that not knowing the law is no excuse.
The Constitution can only change by a referendum.
Nobody gave a damn about what was written in the Constitution in 1901 until it bit people in 2017.
I ask, who was looking after Australia while the politicians were looking after themselves?
Jerzy Chodzinski, Lavington
Green is obvious
In reply to Peter Bennet’s letter of November 7 criticising my observations on the bridge crossing at Lake Mulwala, I found his letter to be not only bombastic but also misleading.
As to my comments, I did not say the proposed development approval meant the bridge route option had been changed as he inferred, as to the grey route being equal in cost let alone the preferred option, that depends on what figures you want to use, who is supplying them and why.
I did not say I was amazed at the congestion in the main street, just that the green route will make it easier to access and/or avoid the ridiculous congestion especially at peak times.
As to the future use of the old bridge, my observations only, were comparing other communities use of older bridges especially in similar circumstances for tourism or community use.
Clearly the Tabulum bridge would not compare in any way, although there are smaller wooden construction bridges preserved for posterity and tourism in areas even more remote than Tabulum. I guess it depends on local priorities.
I would have thought tourism and the multitude of possible activities for locals and tourists alike would be a priority here, but not if the grey route is used.
Sadly, the choice of route seems to be more about personal interests for some than what is better and more practical for all as determined by the vote of locals rather than outside interests.
Bob Lee, Berrigan
Punch a low blow
What a disgraceful act by a jockey Dylan Caboche to punch a horse. I find it shocking that the punishment for such behaviour is a two-week suspension. As admitted by the jockey, there is absolutely no excuse for his behaviour. But a two-week suspension does nothing to address the seriousness of what he did. Disgusting.