Cleo happy ending great to see
I am feeling so elated, having just heard that four-year-old Cleo Smith has been found alive and well in Carnarvon in Western Australia.
After three weeks, I think everyone had given up hope of finding her alive and there were fears for the worst.
I sometimes find it hard to believe that there is, somewhere "up above", a better world ruled by an old man with a long white beard and white flowing robes.
It defies logic, however, being skeptical is part of human nature, and perhaps the "hand of God" was involved here?
Whenever humans suffer profound loss, the thought that we are not alone governs and soothes all emotions.
But hope never dies, as we try to remain positive.
I do not know that family, but having kids and grandkids of my own, I do know how I would feel if in their shoes.
Thanks God! I owe you one.
Mark Bloomfield, Lavington
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Coalition's days numbered
The Coalition government has painfully struck a 2050 emissions target after spending eight years fighting one.
But they have no plan, no credible path to achieve it, no extra budget and no legislation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has no plan for the challenges we face, and has presented a mere gesture for political consumption.
We won't wear this.
We need a government with courage and ambition. We need a new government.
Last week's greenwashing with the federal Nationals in knots was a shameful.
The science can never be so glaring, and the path to 1.5 degrees celsius maximum global warming is available based on known technology.
The government's exaggerated carbon drawdown in farming, and relying on unproven carbon capture and storage is reckless and deceitful, and provides no direction for our country, nor leadership in our region.
The states are leading Australia in emissions reduction and renewables targets.
The NSW Coalition has the playbook for Morrison but with Angus Taylor spruiking gas as an answer (while investors are not), Australia should not be surprised at the major rebuff and embarrassment in Glasgow at COP26.
The 2030 emissions targets are the main game, and our government is still fumbling with a 30-year target.
The science is suggesting at least 50 per cent emissions cuts by 2030.
Our 2013 targets of 26 per cent are hopelessly irrelevant now, as they were then. The world has mostly moved on.
With no practical vision to serve Australia and the climate challenges that we face, it is time for Scott Morrison to move on.
Peter Lockyer, president BEAM Mitchell Environment Group
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