Smart de­ci­sion made

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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

Run­ning late

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.

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