Qualities to honour
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
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
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
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
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
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.