Public money should benefit public
What a pity that Education Minister Sue Minister Ellery and Treasurer Ben Wyatt have backed themselves into a corner after last year’s education cut announcements, backlash and backflips.
As G. Lawrence said (Letters, 14/5), the money is there to save Moora. This is simply an issue of willpower and pride, but alas our political leaders doggedly hold on to their penny-pinching positions.
If money was truly the issue, the State Government wouldn’t be giving $22 million to relocate the private International School of WA to Doubleview. They have a perfectly good facility in City Beach (nice and close to the homes of the Chevron execs who send their kids there), which could have been easily converted into another much-needed public high school at the end of ISWA’s lease.
Public funds ought to be allocated for the benefit of the public. There is no greater public good than investing in the education of our children, particularly those in regional communities — those same regions which generate so much of the State’s agriculture and resources wealth in the first place.
Sam Birmingham, Doubleview
Italians come first
Paul Papalia has made a $720,000 grant available for Italian language education from the Department of Multicultural Affairs. I know a lot of Italians, who are well integrated into Australian society, many of them are very successful business people. Why would multicultural affairs fund language education for a country that is not in the top 12 visiting countries to WA? Surely the $500,000 the families of the Moora Residential College are asking for could be found ahead of the funds going into Italian education?
Frances Hill, Moora
Consider the kids
In this National Boarders Week, spare a thought for the students of Moora Residential College who are the innocent victims of political point-scoring in the closure of their home away from home. Time to take a step back and see the children, Mr McGowan. They don’t deserve this.
Todd Henville, Binnu
One hundred and eighty-nine employees of the ABC on executive pay-grades have been awarded a total of about $2.2 million in bonuses. A further 190 non-executive employees of the same taxpayer-funded organisation have been awarded bonuses totalling $385,000. This is on top of their bloated taxpayer-funded salaries and generous superannuation schemes.
I could understand bonuses being awarded if the ABC was making a profit, or ratings were soaring, but the reality is that the ABC does the opposite of make a profit and is bleeding the taxpayer dry. Its ratings, if it were a commercial organisation, would be heading it towards liquidation. So what are these employees of the ABC being awarded bonuses for, one might ask? It appears that it is for merely doing their job.
The sooner this anachronistic, money-guzzling organisation is privatised, so that the hordes of Australians who supposedly love it can pay for it themselves, the better.
Greg Williams, Bicton
How do I get one?
I have read of the generous bonuses being paid to the executives of the ABC — and other big organisations like banks, mining companies, etc. Surely bonuses should only be paid where someone is clearly excelling at their duty in order to merit this extra cash?
Being on a part-pension myself (less than $500 per fortnight), I also work part-time where I can to supplement this, as my partner's modest superannuation lowers my age pension entitlement. I also do regular voluntary work with several community groups and I’m a former member of the defence forces. Can I put my hand up for a bonus, please?
Name and address supplied
Bar them forever
Marianne Stevens is right (Letters, 17/5) — those “Australians” who went to the Middle East in support of Islamic State should never have been permitted re-entry.
How long before this element of the extremist fringe of that religion of love and tolerance repeats here their sickening acts of violence, sacrificing even their own children in pursuit of twisted ideals, as just witnessed in Indonesia?
The scattered time-bombs tick away while our seemingly impotent politicians wring their hands and mouth platitudes of how we’ll never be cowed or change our way of life in the face of terrorist threats. Really? Why then the “erosion of rights” spoken of by Carlo Meleca (Letters, 17/5) via extended Federal police powers, and recent introduction of intrusive full-body scans at airports? Just two more changes to our way of life that would have never occurred if not for the threat Islam poses to us and the world.
Charlotte Groynes, Bullsbrook
Worth the sacrifice
Your correspondent Carlo Meleca (Letters, 17/5) asks why Federal police have been given new powers. The terrible incidents which have occurred on our doorstep is the reason why. If this means eroding our civil liberties so as to help stop further terrorism incidents, then one would assume most Australians would be happy.
Andre Nel, Karakin