Those with least to lose dismiss student protests
system that would include all Centrelink benefits. That would get some slack out of the system.
What is the cost of the prepolling station in Gympie with three or four staff over one or two weeks then all the polling booths on the day compared to the postal vote?
A bit tough you think? Try being late paying Telstra, council rates, AGL, car rego, Visa, driver’s licence or bank loan and any other payment you have.
Old politicians have least to lose
FEDERAL MP Craig Kelly, Member for Hughes, angrily suggested on Sky News that recent student protesters are hypocrites if they eat hamburgers or ice cream this summer, because agriculture emits greenhouse gases.
As many as 30 per cent of young people see little value in democracy, according to the Lowy Institute with media commentators like Greg Sheridan sounding similar alarm.
Maybe these kids just wanted a day off school, year end.
Their education may have made them aware of Adani as an accused pariah, responsible for environmental degradation around the world in their operations.
Maybe the prospect of climate disaster later in their lives is a form of terror they won’t be able to avoid and they don’t like being flippantly dismissed.
Students receiving assurances that climate science is a form of sooth saying and a hoax, unlike other forms of science enjoying high regard, might view this as a hollow guarantee by those with least to lose, old politicians.
The honourable member’s comments might imply that devouring junk food is the well earned right of the disinterested, or those in denial. Whether or not cows emitted CO2 before climate change is unlikely to be a topic of student debate.
More likely and more disturbing is youthful debate that leads to a political paradigm shift that may shock all of us.
Drive with care near schools
(RECENTLY) it was the first day of the school holidays for my daughter and her college (she is at Victory College) and as I was driving down the road past another school my heart skipped a beat .... it was 8am and I didn’t slow immediately for the school near me.
I was already in “holiday mode”.
This happened to me last year as well and it got me thinking “am I the only one who does this?”
So I felt it best to put it out there and remind all of us that school us still on for some schools and to please be aware and be careful around our schools. Jada Burns, Gympie
Give kids back their future
THERE were a lot of bad things about the recent street demonstrations by school children, and it shows just how far socialist ideology has infiltrated the school system. What worries us the most though, is the use of scare tactics to frighten these kids into thinking that the world, their world, has no future.
When we went through school, we had the cold war, and the threat of nuclear conflict. However, our parents and teachers taught us to have ambition, to set our sights on our goals and to work hard for them. Guess what, it worked.
When our kids were at school, we had holes in the ozone layer, melting polar caps and sea level rises thrown at us. The difference this time was that the propaganda aimed at school children was all doom and gloom.
Now, things are worse as the alarmist lies become more strident. The seas are still rising, the ice is still melting, the polar bears are becoming extinct, global warming, man made climate change, the list of lies goes on. Children who don’t have positive input from their elders will struggle to see hope through the doom and gloom.
If people lose hope they are at risk of losing everything. The bright future that they all deserve evaporates. Too often the attitude becomes “why bother?”. John & Jenny Cameron, Lagoon Pocket
A real Christmas story
SOMETIMES we are touched by stories that actually did happen.
Andrew Bolt’s column in (a recent) paper reads “some people are so desperate to be right that everything they see confirms their craziest theories”.
We should be grateful to Constantine for getting rid of Apollo, Thor, Zeus, Diana and Daphne and all the other gods and replacing them with one God.
After reading the letter from Jim Sweeney it is comforting to find that angels do exist in human form.
I think that story should have been front page news, that a complete stranger should offer to pay for a man’s bill of $70 or more.
If people consider themselves to be Christians, it is a real Christmas story for them to read. G O Johns, Calico Creek
DISMISSIVE: Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the students protesting at climate change inaction to get back in the classroom. A letter today says old politicians have the least to lose from climate change.