Go on CSU, do it
CSU had the opportunity in the 1980s to play a significant role but ignored a few voices calling for the Wiradjuri name, with conservative, elite, male executives favouring the colonial markers of history. Can we assume this is a rare second chance in history to acknowledge the geographical, and the part the people have played in education?
We must first understand the motive for the name change. Your editorial may well arouse cynicism that we have another institution falling victim to the marketing refresh or rebadge without considering the broader societal implications beyond the corporate internal culture, ie it seems a “good idea”. So even consultancy is questionable depending on the motives. Yet, here we are again.
An opportunity for an education institution to acknowledge the first nation people and the times in which we find ourselves in the reconciliation process. Go on CSU, take the step! There are more than a few voices this time. Show how the people in power and decision-making can rise to the occasion and make a difference in history. We support Joe Williams' suggestion, Wiradjuri University.
We see little merit in knocking off Charles from Charles Sturt Uni. If change is needed Wiradjuri University is the real answer.
Celia and John Saw, Lavington
We need leadership
House prices are falling and the real estate people are telling us that this could lead to economic catastrophe. Some people make money from over-priced housing but about one million Australian citizens are homeless and others are cutting back on food and basics to pay for accommodation.
Owning your own mortgage is not for everyone in these times of slow wage growth, part-time casual employment and jobs being lost to technology.
Many researchers claim that the Global Financial Crisis was triggered by too many citizens losing their over-priced houses as unemployment escalated.
In past generations, families with steady jobs paid off their homes over 25 years, providing a secure base for the family and an asset for later years, but things have changed.
These days housing is about investment with much of the repayment money going to overseas investors, insurance companies and in taxes.
Economist Judith Sloan has compiled well-researched reports on the details of property taxes and how state and local governments rely on them. Over investment in over-priced housing may not be in the best interests of our economy.
Australia is a vibrant, wealthy country and our economy is complex and multifaceted. We need a government which will lead us through technological change with emphasis on having an energy policy, development of new exports and govern for all Australians.
Ann Brennan, West Albury
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