We need our planet to be sustainable
When asked about energy, Morrison said he wanted it powered by “stuff that works when the sun's not shining and the wind's not blowing.”
How about We the People reclaim our right to a future planet that is sustainable for our survival, and put this Denyosaur wind-bag somewhere where the sun don’t shine instead?
Olivia Noto, Wodonga
Children must be protected
National Child Protection Week finished on September 8 and encourages us to promote safety for children in our communities. The sad reality I have come to realise is that many young people who are abused believe that this behaviour is normal.
Adults in our community are letting our young people down. Reports of child abuse are overwhelming and give witness to the lack of accountability for adults who abuse young people. Courts are far too lenient on people who abuse our children; communities are looking the other way, ignoring the abuse of children because this is the easiest option.
People don’t want to get involved in notifying assaults on our young people because of the fear of the consequences from the perpetrators. We have lost the ability for adults to serve as collective parents for all the young people in our neighbourhood.
Nothing is more important than protecting our vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.
Child abuse goes beyond the tears and pain experienced in childhood. Victims endure a lifetime of psychological and emotional distress.
We, as a society, must ensure that we provide our children with a safe and supportive environment.
I support National Child Protection week and the movement to protect some of Australia’s most vulnerable young people, but I would like to see this action become an everyday part of Australian lives.
Father Chris Riley, CEO and Founder at Youth Off The Streets
I’m really starting to wonder what the point is of your regular feature On the Wallaby that appears every Saturday.
The columnist David Everest with his out-dated and absurd views adds nothing to the value of the paper.
He attacks National Farmers Federation Fiona Simpson as having “fallen for the card trick called climate change”.
As we are experiencing climate change first hand in a most spectacular way it does your paper no service to have a correspondent who still doesn’t seem to think it’s happening. His denialist agenda only serves to sow doubt, which in turn stops action to combat the most serious threat facing farmers and our community.
Also sloppy is his attack on Senator Derryn Hinch’s opposition to 1080 poisoning.
Rather than focus on the issue, Mr Everest notes that Senator Hinch was “elected to the Senate focusing on criminal justice reform” and Mr Everest now objects to the senator having “waded into a debate around the use of 1080 for baiting”.
Our senators represent us on the full spectrum of issues.
It would be a tragic waste of time and effort, not to mention taxpayers money, if Senator Hinch was expected to remain silent on anything that is not judicial reform.
Graham Parton, Beechworth
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