Election in the air
The federal election hasn't been called yet, but watching the media in Indi there`s certainly one coming. I keep seeing photos of smiling politicians and "wannabe" politicians trying to impress Indi`s constituents.
I hear lots of announcements of various federal grants appearing suddenly, most of which seem to come from the recently relocated to Wodonga, Nationals Senator Bridget Mckenzie, along with the already chosen conservative candidates. If these candidates are invited are the other parties candidates and independent candidates invited to these occasions? Surely they are equally entitled to be there.
I note that member for Indi Cathy McGowan seems to be strategically omitted. This is rude and plain ignorant. It is protocol and plain good manners to invite her to these occasions. Cathy has played a large part in the background for most funding decisions, unlike the other featured candidates who have had no bearing whatsoever in these funding announcements. This desperate federal government is trying to make a "mark" in Indi, but I won't "buy-it"!
David Godkin Wangaratta
Question what you hear
Border Mail columnists Steve Biddulph and Dr Richard Yin are out to milk every bit of virtue from the Children’s Climate March this Friday, but rather than being spoon fed the politically correct narrative and being used as tools by going on strike against “climate change”, shouldn’t students be in class learning critical thinking and the scientific method so they can think for themselves?
In Australia our governments seem to try hard to prevent kids from “adulting”. As a student if you aren't questioning absolutely everything, you're wasting your time but who should be questioning who?
The Climate Industrial Complex is now a $2-trillion-per year global behemoth. For years environmentalists, deep state bureaucrats, government-grant-dependent scientists, and the public broadcaster have colluded to censor and silence man-made climate chaos skeptics, and stifle debate. People like Steve Biddulph and Dr Richard Yin are establishment people too, uttering what is considered to be conventional wisdom. If I were a student, I’d be questioning them more than even the politicians.
Mike Burston, Myrrhee
Keep the minions down
Business leaders have been unsurprisingly quick to dismiss the idea of Opposition leader Bill Shorten to legislate a "living wage" if he wins at the next election.
It is always the same arguments from the top end of town, that the meagre pay rise for the minions means other minions will lose their jobs. Be afraid minions, be very afraid. Lifting those of you who live below the poverty line up a few rungs will come at great cost to your country, and how dare you think you are entitled to earn a wage you can live on anyway.
What would be good for business, particularly small business, would be putting more into the pockets of everyday working people so that instead of having to watch every cent they spend, they can buy a cup of coffee now and then, even go out for a meal.
I never understand how business leaders don't understand that giving people a better wage enables them to spend money, and spend that money supporting businesses instead of having to account for every dollar just to get by. It has always seemed a false economy to me.