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Coach’s role

I AT­TENDED the Soc­cer State Ti­tles held at Red­bank Plains over the long week­end and was very dis­ap­pointed to witness the pol­icy of some coaches.

Each player, I would pre­sume, would have paid a reg­is­tra­tion fee to en­able them to play in a rep­re­sen­ta­tive team and would be en­ti­tled to equal time on the field. One par­tic­u­lar game I watched em­pha­sized the un­fair­ness to the play­ers.

Team A had four subs and a very en­thu­si­as­tic coach — Team B had three subs and a coach who sat and watched.

The sub­bing for Team A was con­stant — fresh legs on the field ev­ery 10 min­utes whereas the subs for Team B, sat and waited.

One ex­change was made in the first half of the game and another very late in the sec­ond half.

One sub con­tin­u­ally did warm ups and stretches hop­ing for his chance to run onto the field — but with 10 min­utes to go I could not watch any more.

It was too much — see­ing the dis­ap­point­ment on those young faces.

Need­less to say Team A won the game.

No wonder young play­ers be­come dis­il­lu­sioned and loose re­spect for their coaches.

Isn't it the role of the coach to train play­ers to play in more than one po­si­tion?

Un­for­tu­nately I have wit­nessed this prac­tice with net­ball coaches as well.

— Marie Lin­nan Pel­i­can Wa­ters

Mis­con­duct shock

WHO is not shocked by the rev­e­la­tions from the Bank­ing Royal Com­mis­sion?

For years the Trea­surer, Scott Mor­ri­son and Min­is­ter for Rev­enue, Kelly O’Dwyer have been re­as­sur­ing us all was well and that ASIC was a tough cop on the beat and they had im­ple­mented sig­nif­i­cant re­forms hold­ing the fi­nan­cial sec­tor to ac­count.

Well, they ob­vi­ously were not good enough.

The Prime Min­is­ter and Trea­surer ig­nored calls from a few of their own Coali­tion MP’s such as Wide Bay MP Llew O’Brien who along with a few oth­ers in their ranks called for a Royal Com­mis­sion be­cause they were aware of cases of mis­con­duct.

What were once ven­er­a­ble in­sti­tu­tions — our banks, fi­nan­cial plan­ning and su­per­an­nu­a­tion com­pa­nies are now in ut­ter dis­grace with their mis­lead­ing crim­i­nal mis­con­duct ex­posed.

The Sun­shine Coast has a high pro­por­tion of ex-de­fence ser­vice per­son­nel and they may be in­ter­ested to know the Com­mon­wealth Su­per­an­nu­a­tion Cor­po­ra­tion (CSC), which looks af­ter our de­fence ser­vice veterans through the Com­mon­wealth Su­per­an­nu­a­tion Scheme, Mil­i­tarySu­per, the De­fence Force Re­tire­ment and Death Ben­e­fits Scheme, Aus­tralian De­fence Force Su­per­an­nu­a­tion and Aus­tralian De­fence Force Cover, has been ex­cluded from the Banks Royal Com­mis­sion terms of ref­er­ence.

As we move on from another An­zac Day, and af­ter the fine rhetoric from the Prime Min­is­ter and other MP’s that, as a grate­ful na­tion we will look af­ter those who served, some ex-de­fence ser­vice groups are rais­ing con­cerns about the CSC.

Not all veterans have been able to ac­cess proper en­ti­tle­ments and su­per­an­nu­a­tion.

Fi­nan­cial stress has been in­di­cated as a cause of vet­eran sui­cide.

Why has the CSC been ex­empted from scru­tiny? Who is re­as­sured by the Turn­bull government say­ing it is “well reg­u­lated”? That’s what they said about the banks. — Robyn Deane Bli Bli

Given crumbs

HERE we go again.

The only thing that is cer­tain is the big end of town, both com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als get a fair dinkum leg up. Ev­ery­thing else is smoke and mir­rors and on the never never.

Mid­dle and low in­come earn­ers are given crumbs and have to pray for the next 6 years for the rest.

Also the crumbs fall off the table for the aged and those on dis­abil­ity.

Oh, and are go­ing to lose the en­ergy sup­ple­ment.

— Lynda Howard

Meri­dan Plains

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