An­other MP bites the dust

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - HELP THY NEIGH­BOUR:

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

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