Another MP bites the dust
NEWS at the weekend that NSW Liberal MP John Alexander has resigned his position and will now contest a by-election further deteriorates the unstable condition of our federal parliament.
It seems likely that others will be stepping forward in coming days or weeks (either under their own volition or through pressure from opposing parties) to do the same so we could have the farcical situation of a series of byelections well into the New Year.
Surely something can be done to clear the decks and start over; it’s now of such national importance it has to be the government’s number one priority to sort out.
AFTER listening to Malcolm Turnbull talk at some German event on the weekend in Perth I realise why Shorten and Turnbull are on the nose with the public as Labor have been deafening by their silence.
Why was he talking about the success of Aldi and other German companies in Australia?
What we need is a strong leader who promotes Australian companies and their success stories.
There are many success stories which go under the radar such as an Australian company building ships for the US navy, and the companies designing and building parts for the new Joint Strike Fighter airplanes.
Both the major parties have not looked at what led to Murray Goulburn, once a strong milk product producing company with a turnover in the billions, being sold for peanuts to an overseas company.
The legacy of this demise has seen many farmers commit suicide.
The managing director and directors of Murray Goulburn were handsomely rewarded for their inept performance.
This seems to be a common among poorly performing companies and needs to be urgently addressed.
Our pollies need to get out and sell the success of well run Australian companies and penalise poor governance to build confidence among the whole community.
By pounding the beat among the community to get the real feeling instead of being guided by the small minority who use social media would be a good start.
It’s not just crime prevention or putting out fires, as two South Wangaratta volunteer organisations came together at the weekend to help out a neighbour. Individuals from both the local Neighbourhood Watch group and South Wangaratta Fire Brigade gave up part of their weekend, donning hats and sunscreen, to help a neighbour in the lead up to summer. Pictured from left are Phil McPherson, Ian Sheldrick, Glenda Kerris and Sue Sheldrick.
We have heard positive comments from visitors about both the festival and the friendliness of retail businesses in town as well as from residents who plan to purchase local passes for next year’s festival.
Locals don’t need to wait till 2018 to hear more great jazz and blues because a previous festival artist, musician and comedian George Washingmachine, brings the Blues Point vocal group to Wangaratta Uniting Church Hall on Saturday, November 18 for an evening of jazz harmony and lots of humour.
Wangaratta Arts Council is pleased to offer festival volunteers discount tickets for this show, with our thanks for helping to make the weekend so delightful for locals and visitors.
Margaret Brickhill, Wangaratta