Outraged as outsourcing
What were the Albury RSL thinking when they outsourced the contract for the plaques for the memorial upgrade to a repressive, cruel and dictatorial country like China (The Border Mail, August 29).
Didn't our veterans fight for freedom and to maintain our way of life? The RSL requires our support to assist our veterans and their families, and this is how they repay Aussie workers, by saying there is no one skilled enough to do this work here.
One would have to question whether it is worth supporting them further if this is their attitude. My late veteran grandfather would be disgusted, as am I.
Murray Smith, Wodonga
Victoria's tune Dan out
Victorians have stopped listening to the Premier and his sidekick health official a long time ago.
Getting up there every day to face the media does not resonant with the majority and is only leading to more frustration.
If the Premier had admitted to the quarantine debacle months ago and presented a road map out of the situation it would have been a more sensible approach. An old saying "bring the people along for the ride and do not treat them like fools".
Victoria has many other serious issues at the moment which seem to be sidelined. Examples of sewerage getting into drinking water supply and having no power for over 48 hours are serious issues which do not seem to be getting the attention of the Premier of his sidekick health official.
John Walker, Wangaratta
IN OTHER NEWS:
Gladys' visit purely political
The NSW Premier's visit to Albury on September 1 gave the impression of having been hastily arranged and, in my view, did not have a successful outcome.
The Premier appeared to have not been fully briefed and there was some inaccuracies in her media presentation. It was disappointing that the Premier indicated that she would not be meeting the local mayors.
There was obviously a change of mind after the presentation and she had a forum with the Albury mayor but apparently not the Wodonga mayor. The local Victoria Liberal MP, however, was included in the official party with the local NSW Liberal MP.
The promises previously made by the Deputy Premier regarding the extent of the lifting of restrictions do not appear to have been approved and daily life activities are still excluded. The Premier seemed to be more interested in meeting and thanking the workforce involved in managing the border barriers rather than meeting local business and community leaders.
The visit unfortunately gave the impression that it was only a goodwill, political exercise. It highlighted the gap between city and country with lack of communication and understanding. I believe that Australia's future relies on development of regionalisation and the ability for young families to maintain a secure and stable lifestyle outside our capital cities.
Noreen Grant, Wodonga
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