Qual­i­ties to hon­our

The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY WA -

To­day we re­mem­ber the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I and we shall pause to re­flect on the sac­ri­fice made by a gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralians for whom re­spect, hon­esty, loy­alty and self-sac­ri­fice were not unique char­ac­ter traits, but part of ev­ery­day Aus­tralian life.

How ironic that on this day our po­lit­i­cal class, a group of in­di­vid­u­als com­pletely de­void of the above qual­i­ties, will be the ones to speak at the cer­e­monies hon­our­ing those who gave so much.

In light of the re­cent spate of na­tional apolo­gies, per­haps we should take the op­por­tu­nity to apol­o­gise to those whose sac­ri­fice and legacy we are squan­der­ing and abus­ing.

They did not give their lives for cor­po­rate greed and crime, po­lit­i­cal chaos, abuse of

Vot­ing un­fair

I to­tally agree with Mike Carr (Your Say, Oct 28) and Tom Bur­ton (Nov 4). It is ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous that a per­son with the most votes can be beaten by a sys­tem that al­lows pref­er­ences to come into play. The sys­tem should be first past the post wins the elec­tion. And I also agree that vot­ers should boy­cott all elec­tions un­til the sys­tem is changed. RAY STONEHOUSE Bassendean

Pref­er­ences count

Per­haps Mike Carr (Your Say, Oct 28) or Tom Bur­ton (Your chil­dren and now the el­derly, or the loss of our na­tional iden­tity by po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. What a loss that we should now only choose to re­mem­ber our fore­fa­thers and their qual­i­ties.

Lest We For­get, for the right rea­sons, if not then the cost of the Ar­mistice will have been noth­ing more than a bloody waste of some of the best that our na­tion has pro­duced. GARRY MAGRY Can­ning Vale

Aussie crews first

The Coastal Trad­ing (Re­vi­tal­is­ing Aus­tralian Ship­ping) Amend­ment Bill 2017 is listed to come be­fore the Se­nate at some point in the near fu­ture.

It pro­poses fur­ther divi­sions of pro­tec­tion for

Say, Nov 4) could ex­plain how a po­lit­i­cal can­di­date can reach a ma­jor­ity vote (50 per cent plus one) in, say, a five-way elec­tion with­out us­ing our pref­er­en­tial vot­ing sys­tem. Also, maybe they know of a bet­ter way of elect­ing 12 Se­nate can­di­dates to one elec­torate (State), each one polling more than 5 per cent of the pri­mary vote.

I pre­sume their meth­ods wouldn’t em­ploy the first­past-the-post sys­tem, where a can­di­date could win a seat in a five-way con­test with only 21 per cent of the vote. ERIC ROSE Al­bany for­eign ves­sels and sea­far­ers, ver­sus a vi­able Aus­tralian mar­itime in­dus­try em­ploy­ing Aus­tralian sea­far­ers. I cau­tion against hum­bling our­selves in this way.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion will only beget fur­ther in­dig­ni­ties.

In­deed, what is hap­pen­ing to the Aus­tralian mar­itime in­dus­try is the clear­est test of how far gov­ern­ments are will­ing to trust our na­tional fate to a free mar­ket­place in both goods and labour, with Aus­tralian sea­far­ers be­com­ing

Fix fuel price

Peo­ple are ab­so­lutely fed up with the lu­di­crous and, quite frankly, schiz­o­phrenic ups and downs of weekly fuel prices. Nowhere else in the world is this done. In Malaysia, the Govern­ment sets the price every six months and no mat­ter where you travel the cost is the same. Sim­ple and ef­fec­tive, no goug­ing. Time for a re­think in the sup­ply and pric­ing of fuel. B MOLLOY Rock­ing­ham

Hours no an­swer

When it comes to re­tail, the just one more re­place­able part. NEIL BEVIS For­rest­dale

Wake up

When will peo­ple wake up to the fact the peo­ple on Nauru are us­ing their chil­dren as re­verse bait, ie, for sym­pa­thy to get into a coun­try of their choice? They put their chil­dren on Nauru by their own self­ish ac­tions, how­ever they are bet­ter off than where

lack of acu­men by our busi­ness lead­ers is ap­palling.

Why they per­sist in the delu­sion that longer shop­ping hours will counter on­line shop­ping should worry share­hold­ers.

Peo­ple shop on­line be­cause of cheaper prices, and retailers are go­ing to stay open longer hours pay­ing staff penalty rates for no ex­tra busi­ness? RB HALVORSEN Ar­dross

Western in­flu­ence

Aus­tralia’s pro­posed boosted Pa­cific pres­ence to counter Chi­nese in­flu­ence must be they come from as has been shown many times. I agree they shouldn’t be held in limbo and, like any­one who tries to en­ter Aus­tralia il­le­gally through an air­port or port, they should be sent straight home. Then they might see how much they weren’t suf­fer­ing. STEPHEN COOPER Rock­ing­ham

Cup of shame

Wow, it’s the Mel­bourne Cup — the race that dis­graced a na­tion.

Here we go again, a lot of shal­low, self­ish peo­ple who dress up in their pretty out­fits with their fee­ble fas­ci­na­tors who think they look spe­cial. I won­der if any of them gave even a frac­tion of a sec­ond’s thought to the suf­fer­ing the poor horses had to en­dure be­ing raced so fast they can hardly breathe, and be­ing whipped all the way around the track so you could have a day out. How won­der­ful it would have been if you could have spent all that bet­ting money on do­na­tions to an­i­mal shel­ters. CHRIS­TINE CHINNERY Tuart Hill

matched with equal boost­ing of re­la­tion­ships with East Ti­mor.

Some­times the Eastern States seem to for­get about the vast west of our coun­try. NILS MARCHANT Ocean Reef

Bag so­lu­tion

Note to Kevin Brown (Bagged out, Your Say, Nov 4). Place your scanned items back into the trol­ley, wheel trol­ley to your car, place items from the trol­ley into the bags al­ready in the boot of your car. A BUT­LER Pin­jarra

Horses and rid­ers in this year’s Mel­bourne Cup.

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