Welfare for all
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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