CUTS MAKE AUSTRALIA A HARSHER PLACE TO LIVE
I think it’s time for the LNP Federal Government and their State Government or Opposition counterparts to hang their head in shame.
The most recent announcement by Malcolm Turnbull that tertiary fees are going up again by 20 per cent to offset the growing burden of student debt and unpaid HECS Fees.
I am not saying there is not a student debt crisis because there is and it will hit $186 billion by 2026 which represents 46 per cent of public debt in Australia. But the problem is exasperated by the knee jerk reaction of Malcolm Turnbull to increase fees because there is already an unaffordability problem for students to pay these debts and loans.
Has Mr Turnbull and his Liberal party mates forgotten what has actually caused this problem? The root cause of the problem is the decreased funding to universities and now Mr Turnbull is planning on making a further 20 per cent reduction.
Have the errors of the Campbell Newman Government been forgotten? As funding is cut to tertiary institutions they are required to increase fees with the fees and debt going around and around like a merry go round with education the loser and students being unable to afford tertiary places.
The continued cuts by the LNP to health, educations, child care, disability services and arts and culture makes our society and Australia a harsher and harsher place to live. Residents of Far North Queensland already do it tough with more than average food, transport, fuel and utilities costs and when you combine it with the savage cuts conducted by this uncaring Coalition Government you then have a society being split apart.
The LNP resist pressure by Labor to conduct an inquiry into the banking and insurance industry yet they hit the average man and woman in the street with higher and higher costs that impact all levels of life.
I want to remind readers in the Port Douglas/Mossman region that our major employer and income earner is the tourist industry but when the average Australian cannot afford their health insurance or to send their children to University without their kids becoming stuck in a quagmire of debt then the luxuries of holidays is put to the back burner and that affects our region more than most.
Malcolm Turnbull is a man who stands for nothing, he is chained to the far right and only knows how to protect the top end of town leaving the battlers struggling for a living. It is time to reflect upon values of equality, fairness and justice at the next election not the harshness and cruelty that this LNP party inflicts upon us.
Alan Hollway, Port Douglas
anywhere else on the way into town.
Also the number of bicycles stolen once the backpackers hit town is very disappointing. We give these kids jobs whilst they are here and they rob us blind. Davidson Street alone this afternoon wielded 6 Coles shopping trolleys.
In our street during the season we are constantly asking people in cars and camper vans etc to move on as there is no camping here. They are loathe to pay the rates at the local van parks. Camping in our residential streets also heightens the risk of theft and vandalism, as we experienced last season.
A home in Craven Close was broken in to last week. Why? Ask the backpackers who camp out in the street to use the wifi of Port’O Call as their mates are staying there and provide them with the password. The people then proceed to stay overnight in their cars and vans.
Come on Police of Port Douglas - get your act together and put our town in order. We don’t want the behavior of a visiting horde spoiling our lives or the visits of many genuine holiday makers. We all know that Port is not normally like this. Why call in Cairns Highway Patrol to book locals on extremely trivial matters when us locals (ie: TAXPAYERS & BUSINESS OWNERS) get ripped off by itinerants. If you need to make your budget PD Police - start POLICING the right people!!!
ROVING EYE: Cape Tribulation's Lawrence Mason volunteers to clear the way for a group of visiting travel writers on the Bloomfield Track