Lead­ers not too bright

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

I WAS alarmed to read the let­ter ( TB, 13/ 10) writ­ten by pup­peteer Shorten and the Fed­eral Mem­ber for Her­bert.

Their col­lec­tive ig­no­rance of how elec­tric­ity is pro­duced, dis­trib­uted, and the cost thereof, was in­deed fright­en­ing.

Their fix­a­tion on sup­posed cli­mate change is cloud­ing their judg­ment, or to be more ac­cu­rate, blot­ting it out.

I have men­tioned Bill Shor- ten and Cathy O’Toole. Malcolm Turn­bull is equally gullible when it comes to so­lar and wind power.

Aus­tralia pro­duces 0.1 per cent of global car­bon emis­sions. We have a pop­u­la­tion of about 24 mil­lion peo­ple.

Many great cities around the world have as many. They do not have re­stric­tions on air con­di­tion­ers, or any other elec­tri­cal equip­ment for that mat­ter. What they do have is a proper power grid with coal fired, nu­clear, and hy­dro power in plen­ti­ful sup­ply.

What is wrong with lead­er­ship of our coun­try?

They are pre­pared to spend bil­lions of our tax­payer dol­lars on sub­si­dies, to pre­tend that re­new­able power is cheap.

Some of this sub­sidy is re­couped through our ex­or­bi­tant quar­terly elec­tric­ity bills. the

It is amaz­ing that govern­ment de­part­ments make no men­tion of the great many hectares of land that are stripped bare of trees when a so­lar farm is built.

How­ever, when a farmer does the same, all hell breaks loose. Hypocrisy at its best.

What we need in this coun­try of ours is a leader with vi­sion. Some­one who will stand up and be counted.

Some­one who will take Aus­tralia for­ward with­out the worry of what other coun­tries might say.

It is lit­tle won­der that Pauline Hanson, Bob Kat­ter, Nick Xenophon and oth­ers are gain­ing sup­port.

It is purely a protest over the pa­thetic lead­er­ship we have at the mo­ment. KEL ACKLAND, Bush­land Beach.

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