Bravo to a learned driver

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

to the driver of a Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil ute on Thurs­day morn­ing, turn­ing left from Burke Street into Spring Street in War­ragul, who gave way to sev­eral pedes­tri­ans whose path he/she was cross­ing.

Many driv­ers don't re­alise that the pedes­trian has right of way in this sce­nario. The Vic­to­rian road rules state that 'When turn­ing at any in­ter­sec­tion (ex­cept at a round­about), you must give way to any pedes­tri­ans cross­ing the road you are en­ter­ing' (­droad-rules/road-rules/a-to-z-of-road­rules/pedes­tri­ans).

I've lost count of the num­ber of times I've nearly been bar­relled over by cars in this sit­u­a­tion, and then abused for be­ing in their way. It's a re­fresh­ing change to see a cour­te­ous driver do­ing the right thing. Linda Tub­nor, War­ragul un­nerves me and causes me to trem­ble for the safety of my coun­try. Cor­po­ra­tions have been en­throned, an era of cor­rup­tion in high places will fol­low, and the money power of the coun­try will en­deav­our to pro­long its reign by work­ing upon the prej­u­dices of the peo­ple, un­til the wealth is ag­gre­gated in a few hands, and the Re­pub­lic de­stroyed." Max Thomas, Yar­ragon I am com­mit­ted to this com­mu­nity and feel I am more de­serv­ing of an hon­orary mem­ber­ship and not to be hu­mil­i­ated and be­lit­tled as I have felt dur­ing the last week. Bar­bara Hill, Nay­ook

Min­is­ters like Josh Fry­den­berg, Matt Cana­van and even our Prime Min­is­ter, Mal­colm Turn­bull who are call­ing for in­vest­ment in ul­tra supra­crit­i­cal coal fired power sta­tions as a means to ad­dress our need to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions are so wide of the mark of re­al­ity it beg­gars be­lief.

These men clearly have no un­der­stand­ing of the ur­gency of the re­sponse re­quired to pre­vent the worst of global warm­ing which is caused by the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els.

If they did, their me­dia state­ments would con­tain ac­knowl­edg­ment that we are now over one de­gree warmer than pre in­dus­trial times, that we have had year on year tem­per­a­ture records bro­ken, that ev­i­dence of sea level rise, melt­ing glaciers, acid­ity in the ocean, record lows in arc­tic ice, record fre­quen­cies of storm, flood, fire and drought across the world are send­ing hu­man­ity the strong­est pos­si­ble sig­nals that we need to change how we live if we want civil­i­sa­tion to per­sist, let alone cur­rently hab­it­able places on earth to re­main so.

The only ra­tio­nal re­sponse, and the re­sponse I would ex­pect from fed­eral govern­ment min­is­ters, is to stop dig­ging up coal, gas and oil as fast as we can, not to pro­mote more of them. Re­mem­ber, we did not move out of the stone age be­cause we ran out of stones.

Even if you don’t ac­cept the threat of global warm­ing is as dire as the ex­perts are telling us, why would a ra­tio­nal per­son ad­vo­cate for fos­sil fuel power sources when it is now cheaper to build so­lar and wind with no sub­si­dies?

Why would any ra­tio­nal per­son ad­vo­cate for in­vest­ment in coal fired power sta­tions no mat­ter how ef­fi­cient, when within their ex­pected life­span they will be­come stranded, ob­so­lete and worth­less as we move to a zero emis­sion so­ci­ety as we surely will when we change our po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives to those who can think be­yond the next elec­tion, Mal­colm Turn­bull wakes up or what­ever he needs to do, or the rest of the world im­poses sanc­tions on Aus­tralia for be­ing so ir­re­spon­si­ble- which­ever comes first.

Even with­out the global warm­ing im­per­a­tive to change, why would any ra­tio­nal per­son ad­vo­cate for sources of pol­lu­tion that harm hu­man and an­i­mal health when we now have clean, re­li­able al­ter­na­tives? What ra­tio­nal so­ci­ety would treat the air we breathe as a sewer as we do now?

Matt Cana­van thinks we need jobs for North Queens­lan­ders. Agreed. Build huge so­lar in­stal­la­tions, Matt. Plan for in­ter­con­nec­tors into Asia. Turn Aus­tralia into the re­new­able en­ergy su­per­power of the world. Plenty of jobs. Plenty of in­no­va­tion and smarts re­quired. Got any of that? Not that we can see so far.

Mal­colm McKelvie, Yar­ragon

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