Bravo to a learned driver
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' (https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-androad-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