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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

Lessons lost

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

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