Pollies play by own rules
I noticed on the news recently that a number of Victorian public sector unions are attempting to negotiate with the government on a new pay increase. Police and transport, to name a couple, are in negotiations that I understand are not going too well and may lead to industrial action.
I understand that the Victorian government is limiting increases to 2 per cent for public sector workers. Why wasn't their increase limited to the same amount?
Perhaps the same tribunal that awarded the members of Parliament their increase be used for the public sector workers and their unions, as obviously this tribunal is not limited by the governmen'ts Salary cap.
Peter Hood, Albury
What is Ley's purpose?
I would like to ask Sussan Ley to please consider her fellow Australians who she has so far chosen to evict from their belonging; from their country; from their culture, from their source of physical and spiritual sustenance; from their laws.
I believe she has done this by prioritising a coal mine (Shenhua) over her fellow citizens' deep sense of purpose and connection.
I believe this kind of action courts genocide in the form of lives that become relatively meaningless; in the form of likely suicides; in the form of harder-to-track deaths from the impact of using coal as energy source (be it in China or Australia), thereby contributing to more fire and drought in Australia.
As for the concern for miners jobs: It is a very human, and tough thing to do, but people can and do learn new skills, at every age of life. There is much work that needs to be done, to care for our people, our country. Digging for and selling coal at this point is counter-productive to our (people and world) best interests.
I understand that Ms Ley and the rest of us operate in an unfair system, where Ms Ley personally will likely be able to buy a home that is 'safe' from the effects of climate change. But many many people, who are no better, nor lesser human than she is, do not have that luxury.
I ask Sussan Ley to please consider her electorate, her country, her family, her earth in this matter.
Ruby Rowat, Glenroy
I would like to thank all of the people who came to visit my pop-up shop and also apologise to those who missed out on purchasing a compost bin.
I will endeavour to make more as fast as I can. Merry Christmas.