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THERE is a great deal of pain and hurt be­ing so un­nec­es­sar­ily re­vis­ited within the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity as a re­sult of this postal sur­vey.

In many cases the trauma of an ex­pe­ri­ence of dis­crim­i­na­tion that many would’ve hoped was well be­hind them is be­ing brought back so quickly and so cru­elly.

Two men should be con­demned for this: Tony Ab­bott for propos­ing the orig­i­nal plebiscite con­cept and Mal­colm Turn­bull for con­tin­u­ing with the con­cept cul­mi­nat­ing in the far­ci­cal postal sur­vey.

This should al­ways have been a vote in Par­lia­ment.

The LGBTIQ com­mu­nity’s warn­ings of the prob­lems the vote would bring were ig­nored.

If you think I am over­stat­ing the hurt have a look at these com­ments on the hash­tag on Twit­ter #Theyget­tovote where peo­ple are telling of their shock­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The gov­ern­ment is so cal­lous that it deems it ap­pro­pri­ate for the en­tire Aus­tralian adult pop­u­la­tion to “have their say” on whether an al­ready marginalised section of our com­mu­nity should have equal rights un­der the law. Turn­bull and Ab­bott read those tweets and hang your heads in shame. AN­DREW CATSARAS

GAVE my choice much more thought than it de­served, then marked the “No” box and posted it back. What a re­lief.

Can we get onto some­thing im­por­tant now, like nu­clear power? DAVID HALL, LABRADOR

WAS think­ing since we get to vote on same-sex mar­riage we could also vote to stop pay­ing the politi­cians once they are out of pol­i­tics.

Yes, we know that won’t hap­pen but I bet if it was we would have bet­ter ones as they would know if they don’t do a good job they won’t have one and no more money. JAMIE WITH all this talk about bike paths in­stead of rail in the North­ern Rivers, it seems to be for­got­ten that ac­tion is needed on cli­mate change.

Rein­tro­duc­ing rail is es­sen­tial to re­duc­ing emis­sions. Rail has been ne­glected for 40 years.

The trans­port sec­tor is the na­tion’s big­gest en­ergy user.

Some 87 per cent of emis­sions are from road trans­port. Cars ac­count for 49 per cent.

Rail is a highly ef­fi­cient, low-fric­tion mode of trans­port. In many cases, by us­ing less en­ergy, rail can give sig­nif­i­cant emis­sion re­duc­tions com­pared to road trans­port.

We should im­me­di­ately re­pair the Casino to Mur­willum­bah rail­way line for pas­sen­ger and freight use. With a sur­plus of over $4 bil­lion the NSW gov­ern­ment could eas­ily do this. BETH SHEL­LEY, BOOERIE CREEK

WHAT a night! A big thank you to ev­ery­one who helped make open­ing night of 19Karen gallery’s Septem­ber show such fun.

Amaz­ing art, de­li­cious food, great mu­sic and so many of our won­der­ful friends and sup­port­ers.

And our three won­der­ful artists all in at­ten­dance. If you missed out, the show will run un­til Oc­to­ber 7. TERRI LEW, GALLERY DI­REC­TOR, 19KAREN, MER­MAID BEACH

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