GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM
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
LABOR LEADERS VINDICATED
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
POLLIES’ TRAVEL COSTS A DISGRACE
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
ICE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS
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
FINCH’S JAILHOUSE CRY OF INNOCENCE
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