It’s over to you now
WE touched a nerve with last week’s spray on the speed limit and authorities hell bent on extracting every cent from drivers under the guise of safety while spending nothing to achieve it.
As one one reader said: “In a country which started as a penal colony, the attitude is more penalties and revenue raising rather than spending money on real solutions.”
When did we larrikin ’Strayans, with our much- vaunted healthy disrespect for authority, become such complacent cash cows?
Though unable at this time to run for elected office as per one kind reader’s suggestion, it does strike me that we could all usefully direct our displeasure and/or constructive suggestions to those already in office.
As the world’s most overgoverned country, it’s not as though there’s any shortage of recipients.
The throngs at local, state and federal levels are there to represent us. Their tenure is reliant on your pleasure. Don’t be shy. You’re paying them.
From the council that hasn’t got around to filling that tyre-flattening pothole to the ministers who mouth pieties while ordering more speed cameras to keep up the revenue from low-range offences, all are accountable to you.
THE FEELING IS GONE
We’re appalled by the cynicism of those who question the manner in which Toyota announced that its workforce is, to borrow from Prime Minister Abbott, “liberated”.
It is, of course, the merest coincidence this occured on the day our new national heroine was released from Care-OBogan prison. That the press conference was scheduled for 6pm, the moment commerical network bulletins aired in Melbourne and Sydney, was simply a scheduling conflict. In any case, audio was made available — at 8.14pm.
That the press release on its factory’s closure was headlined: “Toyota Australia announces future plan for local manufacturing” is by no means a euphemistic. So there’s an end to it. Or as Toyota’s communiques unvaryingly conclude: “The company will not be making any further comments on this issue.”
COMING THIS WAY
Next week sees the release of Toyota’s Corolla sedan, which unlike the Camry sedan is not made at Altona. Perhaps more to the point now, it’s also not a Mazda3 sedan.
Nor is Volkswagen’s new Golf variant. It’s a wagon, which none of its rivals can match. Except Skoda, of course.
Audi’s hot SUV, the RSQ3, lobs in — having this week had its thunder stolen by Benz’s GLA 45 AMG undercutting the Audi’s $81,900 ask by $2K. There’s also the RS7, which at an estimated $250K is dear for a hatchback.
En route: Toyota’s Corolla sedan (above); the Audi RS7 (below left); and Volkswagen’s Golf are due for release in the coming week