Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - OPINION - WRITE TO: P0 Box 1, South­port 4215 EMAIL: ed­i­to­rial@gold­ FACE­BOOK: face­­coast­bul­letin ROD WAT­SON, SURFERS PAR­ADISE

FIG­URES show that since the state gov­ern­ment’s Fairer Fares ini­tia­tive be­gan last De­cem­ber, com­muters us­ing pub­lic trans­port have saved $48 mil­lion through cheaper fares and fewer travel zones.

The De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads an­nual re­port 2016/17 shows there were more than 177 mil­lion pas­sen­ger trips in the state’s south­east and of those nearly 112 mil­lion were on buses, or al­most 63 per cent.

Statewide there were 189 mil­lion pas­sen­ger trips. Buses and coaches com­prised 65 per cent of these trips.

Clearly buses are the pre­ferred mode of pub­lic trans­port, but wors­en­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion is some­thing that must be ad­dressed so even more peo­ple will be per­suaded to leave their cars at home. DAVID TAPE, EX­EC­U­TIVE DI­REC­TOR, QUEENS­LAND BUS IN­DUS­TRY COUN­CIL INC ON BE­HALF of Aus­tralian banks please pass on our sin­cere thanks to APRA for cap­ping in­ter­est-only mort­gage loans at 30 per cent of to­tal loans.

In a clas­sic case of un­in­tended con­se­quences, banks have hiked in­ter­est rates for all ex­ist­ing and new in­ter­est-only loans.

As West­pac’s CEO com­mented (GCB, 12/10), half of his bank’s loans are in­ter­est-only.

This ma­nip­u­la­tion by banks will ac­cord­ingly achieve a colossal im­prove­ment in in­come. STU­ART SMITH, BROAD­BEACH UN­DER­MIN­ING the moral fab­ric of so­ci­ety with same-sex mar­riage!

How can two peo­ple get­ting mar­ried be­cause they love each other have any ef­fect upon that?

I would think the rate of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence against women by men, the dread­ful pae­dophiles prey­ing upon defenceless chil­dren and the dra­co­nian mind-set that only one kind of “fam­ily” ex­ists.

Equal­ity has ev­ery­thing to do with same-sex mar­riage. QUEENIE IT IS said that a “new broom sweeps clean and thor­oughly’’.

A demon­stra­tion of that the­ory would be ap­pre­ci­ated by the pub­lic and used on these weak le­nient mag­is­trates, who daily grant bail and wholly sus­pended sen­tences to crim­i­nals who should have been given long prison terms.

Mag­is­trates are put there to pro­tect the pub­lic, not the crim­i­nals. KEN WADE, TWEED HEADS NOT quite sure when the state elec­tion will be but the prom­ises will soon start from all par­ties.

Most will be bro­ken and a lot will mean noth­ing even if they did hap­pen.

Why don’t we do it dif­fer­ently this time – tell them what we want and see who will pro­vide it.

I will start the ball rolling … Firstly, build more jails where work is needed.

Se­condly, truth in jail sen­tences, no more slaps on the wrist. If a crime is com­mit­ted a con­vic­tion is recorded.

Fi­nally, if judges and mag­is­trates can­not do their job then re­place them.

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