Wel­fare for all

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

If Il­lana Leeds (Gaz 25/9) is in­clud­ing me amongst her “kind and phil­an­thropic” per­sons, I am happy to plead guilty.

How­ever I did not miss the point of her orig­i­nal let­ter. On the con­trary, I be­lieve I un­der­stood her con­cerns, but was putting for­ward an ad­di­tional per­spec­tive.

She has ob­vi­ously delved deeply into is­sues fac­ing Aus­tralian peo­ple in 2018 and ar­tic­u­lates a deep con­cern for Aus­tralians who are home­less, for the need for proper li­brary in­fra­struc­ture and for proper lev­els of spend­ing on pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, aged care and youth pro­grams.

I would con­cur with all that, and I am sure we could both name more is­sues where spend­ing pri­or­i­ties can be al­tered to ad­vance the in­ter­ests of our fel­low Aus­tralians.

In­deed, I would be happy to pay more in taxes if the money was be­ing spent in ac­cord with gen­uine pri­or­i­ties, rather than wasted on fu­tile sub­ma­rine fleets, for ex­am­ple.

How­ever, the point of my let­ter is to re­mind us that Aus­tralians do not live in iso­la­tion, and our wel­fare is in­ter­de­pen­dent with the wel­fare of all hu­man­ity. We be­long along­side peo­ple in Asia, on the Pa­cific Is­lands and else­where.

I recog­nise the breadth of vi­sion shown in Il­lana’s views, but would urge us to have an even broader vi­sion that sup­ports our fel­low peo­ple in other coun­tries as well by hav­ing a de­cent level of for­eign aid.

Eric Smith, Shady Creek A big bou­quet to the lovely per­son who handed in my wal­let and Myki card in Wool­worths on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21 it was much ap­pre­ci­ated by me, a ninety-year-old.

A bou­quet and thanks for the laugh to the woman tow­ing her golden re­triever in a trailer be­hind her bi­cy­cle on the two towns trail.

Bou­quets to the won­der­ful War­ragul Ranger Guides and the Gum­nut Guide lead­ers. Re­cently, the War­ragul Rangers Guides or­gan­ised a pi­rate camp for the Gum­nut Guides. The girls had an amaz­ing time and thor­oughly en­joyed them­selves. Thank you very much for splen­did com­mu­ni­ca­tion, plan­ning and imag­i­na­tion. Join­ing Gum­nuts has been an ex­cel­lent de­ci­sion, thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of our won­der­ful lead­ers.

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