Climate is beyond human control
George Gouteff (Letters, August 30) need not fear for his grandchildren. This planet has seen and survived much worse than our impending dose of climate change.
There have been many, many of these events, and it is simply the planet breathing. However, Earth has become infested with a highly intelligent species which has become so pampered and exists in such comfort, it has ignored history and become arrogant enough to believe it can control the climate.
Once all the doomsayers have been proven wrong and finally admit that we will never win a fight with the Sun, perhaps then we will begin to use our ingenuity in putting our resources into damage mitigation, move our cities to higher ground and develop dwellings suitable for life on a planet with a slightly higher temperature.
We are, after all, talking of a 3C increase. Humans exist quite happily under extremes of temperature right now. Consider departing Siberia when it is -50C, and arriving in Perth 24 hours later to be greeted by 46C, and surviving.
Whilst an increase of 3C will change the physical face of Earth and some species will not survive, it is most certainly all quite natural.
Humans will not be going extinct and our grandchildren, and their grandchildren too, have a bright and healthy future.
Colin White, Bayswater
Unionists just like us
Like Andrew Bolt, Paul Murray (Opinion, August 30) appears to think members of the MUA and CFMEU are demons with horns and forked tails ready to destroy society.
They are actually members of our society, homebuyers, supermarket shoppers, people who send their kids to school, in fact they are just like you. They happen to be members of strong unions that look after workers and have won excellent working conditions in jobs that in the past were dirty, dangerous and poorly paid.
Should this Federal Government be voted back in, things will get worse for those without strong unions — witness the reduction in weekend penalty rates.
Many high-ranking union members have played politics, but the majority of union officials are dedicated and hardworking and aim to get a good deal for their members.
As for political donors and pay-to-meet lunches with politicians, the Libs are hardly blameless in this aspect. We need to do away with all donations and let the electorate decide on the merits of what parties have achieved for the benefit of the country.
Geoff Dunstone, Palmyra
Get over yourself, Mick
I, like many others I’m sure, cannot believe this Labor Government is allowing rugby league to be played as the opening sport at the new Perth Stadium.
To be told by Sport Minister Mick Murray “to get over it” (News, 30/8) is a joke. Mick, you need to get over yourself and the self-righteous, arrogant attitude. Don’t treat West Australians with contempt.
The stadium would not have even been built if it had been up to your party, yet it will be one of the greatest assets WA will have.
Yes, it should be used for all sorts of activities. However, AFL footy is the reason it is there in the first place and an AFL match should be the opening sporting event.
It’s a disgrace that you have allowed rugby league — which hardly rates in WA compared with AFL — to be played within weeks of the opening of the AFL season. How about acting with a sense of history and doing the right thing?
Terry Buller, Bunbury
Australia Day date
January 26 is not appropriate for Australia Day. It only notates the arrival of convict ships to NSW. The rest of the continent at that time was New Holland.
The name Australia for the whole continent was proposed by Matthew Flinders in 1804 and approved by Britain in 1824. Other colonies, becoming States at various times, ultimately constituted the whole of Australia.
Federation of the States was established on the proclamation of Queen Victoria on September 17, 1900 and became the Commonwealth of Australia on January 1, 1901.
Some more relevant time would be appropriate for Australia Day
N.J. Cornish, Subiaco
An Oxford professor suggests wind chimes could be the secret to encouraging fussy kids to eat their greens. (News, August 30).
Surely, professors aren’t paid to come up with these almost ridiculous theories. If they are, all I can say is what is the world coming to when there are much bigger fish to fry at present. Lena McKenna, North Beach
AFL should be stadium’s opener.