Power overhaul is crucial
THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has declared that Australia’s privatised electricity industry is “broken”.
Everyone knew from the start the problem was the destruction of the publicly owned state electricity authorities run by honest, responsible, competent engineers, and their handing to greedy profiteering big business, against expert advice and the wishes of the citizens, by irresponsible, dishonest governments on the take.
There is only one way to properly reform Australia’s dysfunctional electricity system and guarantee reliable, efficient supply at the lowest cost. That is, to purge, cleanse and disinfect it of all electricity markets, boards, regulators, energy retailers, market operators, security boards, competition ideology, wind ideology, solar ideology, renewables ideology, capitalist ideology, free-market ideology, privatisation, marketing, emission “targets”, economic models, carbon trading, carbon prices, greenie flower-power, antinuclear superstition/hysteria, party politics, greed, corruption, lies, distortions, ignoramuses, incompetents, ideologues, lobbyists, consultants, bean counters, economists, corporate executives, business types, politicians and other parasites.
Nationalise it, and give it back to those who know what they are doing — the engineers. Give them a free hand and let them get on with it. How many times must this be repeated? Yaroslav Dudinski, Sunshine
Keep politics out of it
EXACTLY who is Bill Shorten calling “knuckle draggers”? Despite his insults he will find there are many intelligent, thinking people out there who, despite dragging knuckles, know that a new, clean coal-fired station is desperately needed — as do other clever countries like Germany, which realise that solar and wind power cannot keep us afloat without initial backup power.
The important task of providing power should not be used for party politics. If, like the Greens, he can’t — or won’t — see what lies ahead if we don’t have enough power to keep our businesses going, and the intent is to sneer at anyone who can, he should keep his insults to himself and maybe contribute to a sensible debate about this worsening problem. J.A. Verity, Ferntree Gully
Sly son should pay
HOW can Brian Mantach, father of Liberal funds thief Damien Mantach, think it is vindictive by the Liberal Party to expect that he repay the theft, and that the sins of the son should be overlooked?
Has the father considered all the mums and dads out there who have donated hard-earned money to the party, only to have it stolen? Dale Wise, Ashwood
And pigs might fly …
I RANG a betting agency to place a bet that the state election won’t contain any Labor mistruths, promotion of class envy, or unrealistic/ unfunded projects and costings.
They laughed and suggested I should place a bet on a pig flying as the odds were better. Larry Piscioneri, Benalla
THE biggest name on TV when I was growing up was Graham Kennedy. Despite his popularity, he was taken off air for uttering “FAAAARK”.
Around the same time the Baron Knights had a hit called The Red Baron. The word “bloody” was beeped out of the chorus. Similar censorship occurred with Johnny Cash and John Lennon songs.
I recall a science class at Newlands High where our teacher cited “Arthur’s seat” as a flaw in the Earth’s surface. I whispered “Arthur’s bum” to the person next to me. The teacher heard, and I’m still embarrassed.
I do my share of swearing in the company of my peers, but I do wonder where our standards are heading when a minister refers to a colleague in an email as a c---.
The use of the four-letter word has become normal, and it is no longer considered rude to swear in front of children, older persons or people in authority. I often ask myself if this lack of respect may be partially a result of our permissive society. Jim Nedelkos, Greensborough
Leaves a bad taste
JUST what is happening in the food industry these days?
With recall of contaminated products (frozen foods, and not for the first time) from our major outlets, it should not be too much to expect in this day and age that customers can purchase products with utmost confidence that the product is safe to serve to their family, and not be concerned whether it is contaminated with listeria or any other bacterial content.
Customers deserve the products they purchase to be from safe and supervised, clean and healthy producers. This is not really good enough and health departments need to be more aware of where food is coming from into this country. V. Wilson, Mt Martha
Fix this blind spot
I WANT to compliment Channel 9 for a fabulous new reality show, Buying Blind.
Apart from the great stories, it’s the perfect depiction of the realities of the crazy Melbourne and Sydney housing markets.
I encourage the Prime Minister to watch and learn how his policies have so negatively affected the ability for everyday Australians to buy a house.
Please put a stop to foreign ownership of our houses and give our children hope for the Australian dream. Rod Min, Templestowe
Unfair slur on racing
SARA Coe (YS, July 12) advocates for horse owners to pay an annual mandatory fee to rehome animals post-racing. Well, they already do.
In Victoria (and NSW) 2 per cent of all stakemoney is removed prior to distribution and allocated to jockey and equine welfare funds. That happens on every race of the year — metropolitan and provincial — and therefore is a significant, mandatory investment in both human and equine welfare. I can presume the
Four Corners report failed to mention this. Nor a raft of other initiatives like Off The Track (funding relationships with other equestrian sports), major improvements in tracing horses postracing and rigorous rehoming practices that are followed by the vast majority of stables.
You don’t have to like racing but it is an integral part of our society and is not going away.
Carte blanche portrayals of all in the industry are a slur to the overwhelming majority of honest, hardworking participants. Michael Cross, Mordialloc
Poms just got lucky
I’M still not sure why all the fuss about England’s World Cup campaign.
They were given the easiest draw in a tournament where Italy and the Netherlands didn’t qualify and big teams like Spain, Argentina and Germany self-destructed. When it’s all stripped back, they only beat Panama, Tunisia and Sweden in normal time.
Contrary to the rest of the world, I believe England failed and I don’t think the future is as rosy as everyone is trying to make out. S. Stanisic, Mulgrave
Sick of bad deals
A LOT has been said and written about the plight of the Suns, Brisbane and Carlton.
As a Lions supporter, I get sick of watching our former players running around in other sides — Tom Rockliff, Jared Polec, Jack Redden, to name a few. It’s the same for Carlton and the Suns.
I am not suggesting they get extra draft picks. What I suggest is that if a player wants to join another club, the receiving club should have to give up a good player, say one that has played at least 50 AFL games — otherwise no deal. Rod Dorey, Carseldine, Qld