The price of water
POWER prices have been in the media spotlight for quite some time now and are presently an issue in the forthcoming Queensland election.
However in our household, the cost of power is not so much an issue – rather it is the cost of water.
Our water bill far exceeds our power bill and yet we have not heard a thing about this in recent times nor in this election.
For your information, our household usually consists of my wife and myself. We do not have solar and we receive the Queensland Government senior discount on our electricity account.
We are not big water users. Our most recent quarterly bill is $311.23.
The present and ever-increasing cost of our water needs to be highlighted and addressed as it is a real contributor to our cost of living.
— David Kirkegard
MANY residents in the Buderim electorate are somewhat confused by Steve Dickson’s change of attitude, for when he was an LNP candidate he was more than happy to have that fact very obviously displayed on his election signage. However, for some reason much of his signage this time around does not display the name of the party he represents, and people are asking – does Steve want to hide that fact from Buderim voters that he deserted the LNP.
— David Feez
Heart and soul
STEVE Dickson, state Member for Buderim, puts all his heart into what he does and it is not the placard in front of the person standing for election that means anything, but the person behind the placard and in Steve we have someone who has always been there for Buderim. Steve is like a dog with a bone, he does not give up and, when he starts something, he finishes it.
Steve has done far more for his electorate than any other elected state member has ever done in the past and for this we should be grateful.
When it comes to electing our state member, do we vote for someone we have never heard of, just because they are standing behind a placard that we like and have always voted for, or do we vote for someone who has a track record of giving us the support that we need as a state member of parliament.
So let’s stand behind Steve and support him as it is better to be with “the devil you know than the devil you don’t know” and we know from past experience that Steve will deliver.
— Doug Benckendorff
State of flux
WITH the state political boundaries redistributed before our state election, our ENCHANTING: Guest artist Nathan Smith, from Queensland’s premier chamber orchestra Camerata, based in Brisbane, joins the Pacific Chamber Players’ last concert for 2017. Purely Trios will have a concert program consisting of familiar trios by Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, making it the perfect afternoon entertainment. Performing on November 25 at 2pm at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Coolum Beach, and November 26, 2pm at Caloundra Uniting Church. Details at pacificchamberplayers.com or call 5446 8128. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED political processes are in a constant state of flux. Queensland is sailing into unknown territory.
The political tectonic plates are constantly grinding against each other and shifting, with a growing core of unrest and instability; minor interests holding the balance of power to form coalition government at all levels.
It is prematurely remiss of Tim Nicholls to emphatically and unequivocally determine that the LNP will not give One Nation its preference to form a coalition. A loss of faith and trust by the masses in the political system status quo has led to the rise of minorities who now can dictate the terms of engagement.
The Palmer saga, in an attempt to make taxpayers pay for his financial disasters, goes on unresolved. Pauline Hanson is coming into her own. The great political divide demonstrates a clash of the Titans, with both sides failing to notice the loss of fans and the rise of unrest from the groundswell of discontent.
Hence One Nation is getting a foothold in key seats previously unimagined. We hope for politicians with the maturity to balance idealism with realism; what can and cannot be compromised, for the sake of good governance and political stability. Our major issues cannot be resolved until oppositional doctrinal thinking is set aside. In your dreams? —E.Rowe Marcoola