Back to my original point
It has been an interesting exercise to watch and be involved in a small segment of the debate about climate change, even when the words "climate change" have not been used.
I recently wrote a letter to The Border Mail in which I pointed to the Liberal Party's inconsistency in dealing with protected species ('How will Ley save finch', The Border Mail, June 11). In 2005 they were very concerned about the orange bellied parrot and how it would be affected by a wind farm proposed by the Victorian Labor government.
I then went on to point out how the current Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley had yet to show the same level of concern about the black throated finch that appears very likely to become extinct if the Adani mine goes ahead.
Into this waded Chris Weller ('Forgotten finch', The Border Mail letters, June 17) who suggested that the black throated finch was in fact found all over Queensland implying that the mine is unlikely to affect their numbers.
More recently Jenny Huber, clearly an expert on birds, has corrected Chris Weller's account and pointed out that the population of the southern sub-species of the black throated finch has declined by about 80 per cent and that the remainder are in the Galilee Basin, right where the Adani mine will be clearing their remaining habitat ('The facts on finch', The Border Mail, June 25).
Mine supporters appear to enjoy the fake news that the bird is abundant and don't want the inconvenient truth that their mine will probably wipe out a species.
Which brings me back to my original point - the Liberal-National government only appears to be concerned about threatened species when Labor proposes something that might affect them.
But when the Liberals propose something that is much more likely to have a detrimental effect, it doesn't seem to matter.
Graham Parton, Beechworth
Cameras don't save lives
The rising Victorian road toll poses an interesting question.
Politicians tell us that speed cameras save lives so with revenue up, why is it that the road toll is rising?
Looking at European countries you see they have this weird approach to road safety, they have better and safer drivers and reduce their road toll. The quality and safety of drivers in Europe far exceeds ours, in fact a lot of Australians would fail the driving test in Germany or similar countries.
So why is our road toll so high? It's simple, Australian drivers on the whole are not competent and they have no training that would equip them in the case of an emergency. In fact I would say a trained monkey could pass an Australian drivers license test and could also drive better than a lot of the drivers I see.
Better drivers make for safer roads.
Breck Scott-Young, Albury
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