Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

IN her let­ter, (At­ti­tude of­fends, Gazette, Septem­ber 9) Bella Schar­fen­stein falsely claims that I have ig­nored nu­mer­ous in­vi­ta­tions to at­tend com­mu­nity meet­ings with res­i­dents who would be af­fected by DA6.

As a lo­cal Mem­ber who goes out of her way to meet with con­stituents, I find th­ese claims of­fen­sive.

The truth is th­ese in­vi­ta­tions were never made. I keep records of all the pa­per mail that I re­ceive and my of­fice emails are also stored just so that my of­fi­cers and I can check for things like this.

When ques­tioned about the “nu­mer­ous in­vi­ta­tions”, her re­sponse was that they were ver­bal in­vi­ta­tions for two meet­ings held in 2013, with­out telling who ac­tu­ally made those al­leged in­vi­ta­tions.

I en­cour­age all res­i­dents who may have ques­tions about the new train sta­tion com­ing to Red­cliffe and DA6 to get in touch with me through my of­fice.

I may not be the min­is­ter who ul­ti­mately de­cides what hap­pens, but I am cer­tainly here to rep­re­sent the con­cerns of lo­cal peo­ple. GLENYS GODFREY MLA, Mem­ber for Bel­mont. and De­cem­ber 31, 2013 and now the Town has de­clared it­self a Refugee Wel­come Zone.

To those peo­ple who al­low their hearts to rule there heads by pro­claim­ing their support for refugees, could they please ask them­selves how many of the said refugees they would wel­come?

Hun­dreds, thou­sands, tens of thou­sands, hun­dreds of thou­sands… even mil­lions?

There are more than 40 mil­lion peo­ple wait­ing to come to coun­tries such as Aus­tralia to have a bet­ter life, which is un­der­stand­able.

But show me a coun­try in which dif­fer­ent cul­tures live in har­mony.

Why bring upon us prob­lems that are so fore­see­able.

No doubt, my views will be called racist: a common enough tac­tic used to sti­fle any op­po­si­tion. MIKE WARD, Carlisle.

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