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MAL­COLM Turn­bull was dis­missed as prime min­is­ter and yet he seems to think he still has a say in the gov­ern­ing of Aus­tralia by caus­ing un­told trou­ble with his con­stant in­ter­fer­ing in the process.

When is he go­ing to get the mes­sage, he is not wanted?

He should shut up and re­tire to his man­sion and leave the run­ning of the coun­try to the man who re­placed him.

A far more pop­u­lar leader of the Lib­er­als than Mal­colm ever was.

Peo­ple, wake up, and keep Bill Shorten. out of the Lodge. VERN EVES TWEED

I NEVER write in for a pub­lic whinge, but when I read about a south­ern GC coun­cil­lor want­ing to help de­stroy (in­stead of pro­tect) the pre­cious at­mos­phere of Coolan­gatta, I was flab­ber­gasted.

Every­body knows what makes from Burleigh to the south so very dif­fer­ent from Burleigh to the north is there are not the hor­ri­ble mon­strosi­ties in the beau­ti­ful south­ern suburbs.

That Cr O’Neill wants to sup­port 24-storey pro­pos­als in the Green­mount area means not only does she not ‘get it’, she should ac­tu­ally re­sign. Is it stat­ing the ob­vi­ous – no­body down here wants a sec­ond taste­less Broad­beach/Surfers? Go away. M. MC­GRATH

I WOULD re­ally like to know why is it that just about ev­ery large build­ing site on the Coast now com­man­deers one lane of the road with a heap of cones and lol­lipop peo­ple to slow the flow of what is al­ready a rea­son­ably busy road­way.

There now isn’t a sub­urb that doesn’t suf­fer from this new habit.

Is this be­cause there is no avail­able land on the build­ing site to put the gear to do the job?

I’m all for progress but this new habit has made the daily work drive and gen­eral drive for most mo­torists a slow, painful process. ROGER THOM­SON

THE pub­lished ar­ti­cle “Turn­bull Fury still burns” by An­drew Bolt on Thurs­day 6 De­cem­ber sad­dens one’s ide­ol­ogy of true lead­er­ship, po­lit­i­cal or oth­er­wise.

To in­fer that Mal­colm Turn­bull is out to de­stroy the en­tire Lib­eral/ Na­tional Party for his own self-sat­is­fac­tion is an in­cred­i­ble ac­tion of any states­man of any po­lit­i­cal party.

They don’t seem to re­alise they have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to Aus­tralian tax­pay­ers to act on their be­half in guid­ing this na­tion re­spon­si­bly and re­spect­fully for the ben­e­fit of all.

Turn­bull’s be­hav­iour would ap­pear to be a ridicu­lous per­sonal vendetta of which we have never seen be­fore.

As no mat­ter the per­sonal hurt of a leader in any po­si­tion, one must rise above it.

As it has been quoted by wiser men than this writer: “A man who con­quers him­self, is greater than a man who con­quers a coun­try”.

We then can be proud of this true leader, who hum­bles him­self and can walk with dig­nity on the jour­ney of life.

A Gov­ern­ment has a re­spon­si­bil­ity of trust, as they’ve been placed there “By the peo­ple, for the peo­ple” and how they carry out their roles is a re­flec­tion on us all. KELVIN NICKALLS PAR­ADISE POINT

WHILE Min­is­ter Kate Jones swans around Las Ve­gas tout­ing for casino oper­a­tors to come to the Gold Coast, and the Coun­cil ar­gue whether it should be built on free state land or Coun­cil pub­lic land, no-one is con­sid­er­ing the ef­fects a sec­ond casino will have on the Gold Coast.

Be­sides pro­vid­ing an­other haunt for ad­dicted gam­blers, it will also have a large im­pact on our com­mu­nity clubs.

Ac­cord­ing to Clubs Queens­land a sec­ond casino could force about 30 com­mu­nity clubs to close.

It will fur­ther im­pact over 330 com­mu­nity clubs in the south­east cor­ner, cre­ate wide­spread job losses, and re­sult in a ma­jor de­cline to the com­mu­nity fund­ing that is pro­vided by clubs.

This fund­ing puts life­savers on our beaches, and sup­ports vet­er­ans, schools, and sports and com­mu­nity groups.

The Gold Coast al­ready has three times more poker ma­chines than Vic­to­ria and 40% more than Syd­ney.

The Gold Coast does not need an­other casino.

If you would like to tell the State Gov­ern­ment this, there is an on­line pe­ti­tion I have cre­ated where you can have your say.

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