TWO important issues in the coming state election will be the loss of jobs and the rise in the price of electricity.
Workers have been made redundant by industries trying to cut costs.
The industries blame this on the rise in the price of electricity but because of the world-wide recession, there is less demand for aluminium and so on.
Every year there are more smelters built in China, India and other countries which produce our products more cheaply but of lesser quality so there is less demand for our products.
More people are installing solar power panels so are selling power to the grid instead of buying power from it, but the government still has the expense of maintaining power houses. — Lynda Pearce Sun Valley With the marriage equality survey results imminent and predicted to confirm a majority for legalising same-sex marriage, we will be venturing into uncharted territory.
No law can either predict or undo what making same-sex marriage legal will do to our society, which will find itself in a plethora of relationship crises which no-one can prophesy. It is an emotional issue about the right to choose one's own path in life, with freedom of speech and action tantamount to this discussion. However, then there will be a need to preserve the rights of the "no" voters to maintain their own values and ethics in dealing with the crises such legislation will present, privately and in communal interactions.
The rights of both sides are now presenting a dilemma for federal politics. Bi-partisan confirmation is needed to preserve what has, for hundreds of years, been the definition of marriage as between a man and woman, without threat or discrimination. The right to choose either must not erupt into civil war or polarise the nation. — Eloise Rowe Tannum Sands