Pol­lies’ power fail­ure hits home

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS -

FROM Sir Robert Men­zies, through the prime min­is­te­rial eras of Gor­ton, Whit­lam, Fraser, Hawke, Keat­ing, Howard, Rudd, Gil­lard and even Ab­bott, could any­one imag­ine that any pre­vi­ous PM would have sat on their hands as long as Mal­colm Turn­bull be­fore bring­ing Aus­tralia’s power gen­er­a­tion and price rip-off sit­u­a­tion to a pos­i­tive con­clu­sion?

Never mind what the fed­eral Op­po­si­tion has to say, there are cer­tain sit­u­a­tions that need res­o­lu­tion for the ba­sic ex­is­tence of our pop­u­la­tion.

If I was prime min­is­ter, I would put my po­si­tion on the line to en­sure that the sim­ple act of switch­ing on a light does not lead to an in­abil­ity to pay the bill. Do we have to spell it out? Power to the peo­ple is no lux­ury but a ne­ces­sity. C. Banks, West End SO I read that house­hold debt is ris­ing and credit cards are tak­ing a hit.

Lit­tle won­der when the cost of liv­ing is so high and on the way up. House­holds must be hang­ing on by the skin of their teeth, dread­ing the next power bill, wa­ter bill or rates no­tice, and just try­ing to keep their head above wa­ter.

What choice do peo­ple have in these sit­u­a­tions? Use the credit card or their sav­ings and hope that at some stage they can pay it off or back? So the debt rises.

How do I know? Been there, done that.

My wife and I are aged pen­sion­ers and, thank good­ness, we don’t have the debts and chal­lenges that younger fam­i­lies have, yet we still find it hard to make ends meet.

Wages and pen­sions have stag­nated while the cost of liv­ing con­tin­ues to rise at a rapid rate.

Gov­ern­ments are elected to gov­ern. To hear the cry that they can’t do much about re­duc­ing the cost of power be­cause it’s out of their hands rings hol­low. Nev Free, Robina PETER THOMAS 43, guest ser­vices, Ken­more Cow­boys. To see if they can do it with­out JT. If they can do it with­out JT, it proves they’re the bet­ter team. ADAM VAN DER ZANT 21, stu­dent, Ash­grove Cow­boys. They’ve tri­umphed over ad­ver­sity. I like both Queens­land teams but for the Cow­boys to do it with­out JT shows they’re a good team as a whole.

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