Mil­lion of dol­lars wasted

The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

I READ with great con­cern what seems to be great out­cry by many over the spend­ing of $122 mil­lion on one project by the Aus­tralian Govern­ment.

I agree, it is a lot, how­ever, we are talk­ing about the Aus­tralian Govern­ment.

About 12 mil­lion of us voted, about half our pop­u­la­tion.

That comes to about $10 for each per­son who voted or $5 for each Aus­tralian.

In com­par­i­son, Satur­day was a day of re­mem­brance, an im­por­tant day be­cause we re­mem­bered the sad oc­cur­rences of WWI.

Yet, most Aus­tralians didn’t go near a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony.

I sus­pect that if you did an au­dit of all Aus­tralian govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions and added the money spent, the whole thing cost a lot more than $122m.

I agree that gov­ern­ments seem to waste co­pi­ous amounts of tax­pay­ers’ money.

If you are wor­ried about the $122m be­ing spent, then why do I see so few com­plaints about our new sub­marines?

Also, lots of peo­ple don’t want a cer­tain coal mine opened up in the mid­dle of Queens­land be­cause some­how it would gen­er­ate green­house gas which would dam­age the Reef.

As I un­der­stand it the coal is to be used in In­dia, sev­eral thou­sand kilo­me­tres away.

There were cer­tain politi­cians who were will­ing to give that min­ing com­pany more than $1 bil­lion of tax­pay­ers’ money. At least the $122m is be­ing spent on Aus­tralians. Robin Smith, Cairns

Pic­ture: AAP

UN­HAPPY: Asy­lum seek­ers and refugees protest­ing at the Manus Is­land im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion.

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