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The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is propos­ing to send im­mi­grants to re­gional and ru­ral ar­eas to ease con­ges­tion in ma­jor cities and to ad­dress un­em­ploy­ment in non-metropoli­tan ar­eas ( SM, Oct 7).

In some of these ar­eas, there is not enough in­fras­truc­ture to sup­port a pop­u­la­tion in­crease, and it would only be shift­ing the prob­lems ma­jor cities are suf­fer­ing.

May I be so bold as to of­fer some other so­lu­tions?

First, re­move the dole from those Aus­tralians who are happy to sit on wel­fare and not take em­ploy­ment in re­gional and ru­ral ar­eas.

Sec­ond, move all the im­mi­grants to Can­berra. Politi­cians cre­ated this fi­asco, so let them live with them.

If this so­lu­tion is un­palat­able to Can­ber­rans and they put up ob­jec­tions, we could repa­tri­ate all the im­mi­grants back to where they came from, hand­ing back this prob­lem to their own coun­tries and avoid­ing the fi­nan­cial drain and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties to our coun­try. N.W.H. Timms, Bun­gun­darra


Be wary of con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tors such as Peta Credlin ( SM, Oct 7), who lav­ish praise on Bob Hawke and Paul Keat­ing while seek­ing to den­i­grate Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten.

These two La­bor lead­ers had to fight tooth and nail to re­store Medi­care and bring in com­pul­sory su­per­an­nu­a­tion against stren­u­ous op­po­si­tion from the Coali­tion.

This is de­spite sub­se­quent polls show­ing these two mea­sures are re­garded as the great­est re­forms by any Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment in the last gen­er­a­tion. Francis Car­roll, Moorooka


Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and pub­lic ser­vants racked up a bill of more than $4.6 mil­lion in travel ex­penses in 2017/18 ( SM, Oct 7).

This should have been front-page news, as it is dis­grace­ful and un­ac­cept­able.

I am fed up with politi­cians wast­ing our hard-earned money.

When will this La­bor Gov­ern­ment re­alise that the state is in mas­sive debt, and al­low­ing this type of splurg­ing must stop.

While they are at it, they should cut back on the huge num­ber of pub­lic ser­vants that keeps grow­ing. Linda Gra­ham, Warana


There has been much pub­lic­ity about the prob­lems faced by ice users and the prob­lems they cause in our so­ci­ety.

The idea of a web­site where they can dis­cuss their ad­dic­tion and al­lied prob­lems is a wel­come ini­tia­tive by the State Gov­ern­ment ( SM, Oct 7).

I would also sug­gest that, like ad­dicted al­co­holics who have an Al­co­holics Anony­mous so­ci­ety, ice ad­dicts could do the same.

In many in­stances, ad­dicts are the prod­uct of an in­abil­ity to re­late to oth­ers in a so­cially ac­cept­able way, chief among the rea­sons be­ing that they come from dys­func­tional fam­i­lies which are also prod­ucts of poor up­bring­ing.

An Ice Ad­dicts Anony­mous group could be the be­gin­ning of new pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships. Stephen Ka­zoullis, High­gate Hill


I re­fer to your front-page story “Whiskey and whine” ( SM, Oct 7).

Any­one who crossed paths with James Finch in Boggo Road pri­son may have had doubts as to whether he was guilty as charged, but there was no doubt that he be­lieved he was in pri­son be­cause he had been “ver­balled”.

When I had a vis­i­tors’ pass to Boggo Road in the early 1980s, I met Finch on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions, per­haps a year apart.

The stan­dard ob­sessed com­ment from Finch was “10 years for a f---ing ver­bal”, and the same next year with a year added. Pe­ter Ryan, Brighton

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