CUTS MAKE AUS­TRALIA A HARSHER PLACE TO LIVE

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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!!!

(Name with­held)

Picture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

ROV­ING EYE: Cape Tribu­la­tion's Lawrence Ma­son vol­un­teers to clear the way for a group of visit­ing travel writ­ers on the Bloom­field Track

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.