Fair go for locals
I DON'T understand many of the letters either for or against the Cashless Debit Card.
In 1958 I cut cane by hand while only 17 years of age.
It was hard and dirty work, but I liked it.
I got paid for every tonne of cane that I cut and loaded.
I came from a rural community where there was no work, and I was able to earn as much as a tradesman in town.
I earned 12 months’ wages while cutting cane.
Many people claim that there is no work in Bundaberg.
It has not changed much since 1958.
But many finding work.
I'm surprised that many hostels have been built for them in the past 10 years.
There is quite a lot of work available, and there are some problems.
It is easy to hire backpackers, transport them to a farm and bring them home at the end of the day.
Some of them work in poor conditions, and get very little for their effort.
It seems that some of them are treated like slaves.
What happened to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work? How are the locals treated? Are they offered transport to and from the farm?
Can they earn as much as on the dole?
If not, why not?
Are water, shade and toilets provided?
None of these issues are discussed.
Don't we care about our own local people?
It is easy to blame people, or circumstances, or other factors.
We should be able to work out a solution that does not disadvantage the farmers, the workers, or the government.
A fair day’s work and pay should provide the basics of food, clothes and shelter.
Why can't our paid leaders address these issues, instead of throwing money at it? backpackers are
No one should be discriminated against and treated as a slave.
Neither should we need to provide money when there is work available.
Fairness must apply to all. BRYCE McGREGOR Avenell Heights
DOWN through the ages, parents have mostly striven to give their children a better opportunity in life.
Mostly they taught their children work ethics so that they too could pass onto their children a better deal, on life’s journey here on earth.
One of my grandmothers was brought by her parents from the wars between Germany and Denmark.
Andreas was a bootmaker in Denmark but turned his hand to other fields here in Bundaberg.
His sons learnt the ways of our cane farmers and worked as sugar chemists and landowners.
Her husband, Morten, also from Denmark had to adapt to a new country and learn different skills.
He turned his hand to butchering, cane growing, railway building and took up land.
Each of his sons were helped to buy tracts of land as a starter in life and as things progressed one took to repairing cars as they became more popular.
They in turn taught their families the work ethic and they embraced learning in many fields.
Some to teaching, some building and other trades well as tilling the soil.
Now we have one who chose local government, another a doctor, others turned to the music world in our family tree.
All are endeavouring to give their children better circumstances. Yes, we have had our trials and sorrows not all have accepted education be it in the home or at work.
Many families are struggling today, unemployment, lack of opportunities or health, but many do not want to work and this needs to be addressed here in our area.
Today so many have both hands out with the attitude of “you owe me”.
Where is it going to end? Does anyone out there have any answers?
It’s no good leaving it to our to as politicians in cities and Canberra, they can’t even run their own lives.
A few have tried but it all gets bogged down in greed and party politics.
Where has “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” gone?
Perhaps if the majority of us turned to the lessons from the Bible we might find some answers to our dilemma of today.
In all our efforts to give our children more, have we given too much in the way of material things and not enough of the work ethic and quality time with them.
Patience a virtue
SHARON Dieben and Scott Lucas are correct (NM, 07/06/ 18).
Courtesy, patience and consideration of others on (and off) the road are what is most needed, whether we are talking about pushbikes, cars, trams or road trains.
Multitudes of people today are killed or maimed for life, simply because we fail to take a few extra moments to arrive safely at our destination.
This not only applies to our roads,, but flows over into every sphere of our daily life in the workplace and the home.
Lack of patience probably causes more marriage breakups than anything else.
Impatience is one of the most severe causes of destruction, impairment and loss of life.
Before the days of political correctness and discrimination fears, it used to be said that “patience is virtue, possess it if you can, seldom in a woman, never in a man”. But now it seems that we have equality at least in this domain.
One wise man once said “He that being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).
RON MACNISH Bundaberg
PATIENCE, PLEASE: Impatience is destruction today, says one reader. one of the biggest causes of