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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

Dicky Beach

Slight con­fu­sion

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 paci­fic­cha­m­ber­play­ 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

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