Conservative cheap shots
The truth is quite the opposite; Helen Haines represents the views of the majority of her Indi electorate, that climate change needs no "debate", the science is perfectly clear and she is indeed leading a "community based policy".
This is in comparison to the lack of a climate change policy of the federal government and the Prime Minister's advice to "pray for rain". The public is completely fed up with the disrespectful and rude attacks made particularly by the Nationals and Liberals, like this latest utter nonsense.
The last federal election was indeed a "David and Goliath" occasion, with huge funding by both the conservative parties against a true independent, who does listen to her electorate. It would have been interesting to see how much the conservatives spent, but we do not expect honesty and transparency from them.
Dr Pieter Mourik (AM) and Mrs Elizabeth Mourik, Wooragee
Why so cruel to animals
So, the perennial subject of cruelty to dumb animals, particularly racehorses has been up again this week.
Much has been said, but again nothing will be done, until next time. Meanwhile thousands, if not literally millions of pleasure horses will be bridled every day with varying chunks of iron ribbing in their delicate mouths, with their riders constantly tugging on the reins, and all completely unnecessary.
There is an alternative, which originated in Spain many years go, moved to America through Mexico where it became popular, yet fell into disfavour here. In fact it is outlawed in dressage and show rings by unthinking officials. Known as a hackamore, it is much kinder to horses, as there is no iron bit, only a pàdded noseband, which horses quickly adapt to, and riders learn from as well, making them more receptive to their mounts. Why they are not used more here beats me.
I also wonder why fish cannot be treated more kindly, instead of always being allowed to drown in air, which may take hours. There are even television shows where large fish are played on light lines, for sometimes hours, demonstrating the skill of the angler, only to be eventually released about half dead.
Why are such acts of cruelty not punished severely? Spare also a thought for fish caught on long lines, hooked sometimes for hours with barbed hooks tearing their mouths.
Jeff Lewry, Bowna
I support a register
These people can move readily affecting ever more victims who don't know the criminal history of the perpetrators.
Mary Tapsall, Bethanga
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