Smart decision made
Westpac’s decision last week that it will fund no new coal mines and no new coalfired power stations is most welcome, and a smart decision.
This is bad news for Adani, Gina Reinhart and Clive Palmer and their plans to ignore the future and make dirty dollars from coal mining.
It’s bad news also for the Federal Government and the mythical ‘‘clean coal’’.
Westpac’s decision is the only logical path in a world grappling with serious climate change.
The bank went further and declared increased investment in renewable energy projects.
Clearly, Westpac sees the numbers — people want to invest in community-owned renewable energy projects.
At one level, Westpac is making a common-sense business decision. It also happens to be environmentally responsible.
Commsec is the next cab being challenged to join the ranks of intelligent investments.
Commonwealth Bank, where do you stand?
So why is the Federal Government, the self-proclaimed business government, still on the dark side with coal and yesterday’s investments?
The sooner Turnbull, Adani, Reinhart and Palmer close the book on dirty coal (there is no clean coal) and get their investments behind renewables, the sooner we’ll have that secure, diverse generation (which will be able to be community-owned) producing a reliable power supply the Prime Minister and industry is desperate for. — Peter Lockyer,
BEAM Mitchell Environment Group secretary
What is with this antiquated V-Line rail service from Seymour to Melbourne?
The 8.12 am Seymour to Melbourne service didn’t leave until 8.22 am on April 20, with it supposed to arrive at 9.39 am in Southern Cross. Instead, it arrived just before 10 am.
The conductor was not seen for the entire trip and the sprinter driver’s idea of whistling at every crossing was a joke, with a pop-pop instead of a long, loud and clear whistle that vehicles could hear on approaching crossings.
There are always speed restrictions in different places which is ridiculous in this day and age, with a clear slur to the contractor of the rail.
When I was on the locomotives, we were proud of the service we provided, being on time 99 per cent of the time.
Now, it’s a ‘‘who cares?’’ attitude for the staff today. — Mick Crozier,
Is leniency the best solution?
In the Supreme Court recently, the man who murdered 90-year old, Ballarat district war veteran, Ken Handford in his farmhouse, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment.
In the late 1930s, the French high-command ignored the wisdom of their young military genius, Charles de Gaulle and forgot Marshal Ferdinand Foch’s cry ‘‘attack, attack’’ by relying too heavily on the Maginot Line.
In warfare, it is just for Australian troops to invade enemy territory and to kill enemy soldiers in battle on their home soil, because, as is militarily accepted and illustrated above, attack can be the preferred strategy for a nation’s defence, rather than primarily relying on static border defence.
Our nation recognises this fact as well as honouring our servicemen and servicewomen on Anzac Day each year.
However, in my opinion, it is contradictory to justify the killing of enemy soldiers in battle on their home soil, while at the same time avoiding the responsibility of executing those Australian criminals convicted beyond doubt, of murdering innocents on our home soil.
A 17-year old Doncaster girl taking a walk in the park and a 90-year old Ballarat widower asleep in his farmhouse were both innocents.
Could Member for Euroa Steph Ryan please state to the electorate her position on capital punishment? — John J. Maher,
Not good enough: Seymour resident Mick Crozier has joined the chorus of disgruntled local residents who have questioned the second-rate rail service from Seymour to Melbourne.