SHOW SUP­PORT TO FAM­I­LIES AT RISK

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CASHED-UP PAR­ENTS ARE PAY­ING PRI­VATE IN­VES­TI­GA­TORS TO SPY ON THEIR CHIL­DREN AT SCHOOLIES.

The lack of self-dis­ci­pline some schoolies ex­hibit in­di­cates that hav­ing some­one watch over them is prob­a­bly war­ranted. Mar­garet Good grief, what’s the world com­ing to? Spy­ing on your own kids so they be­have or don’t get into trou­ble. Give your­selves a D for par­ent­ing. Real­is­tic If the par­ents are so con­cerned, don’t al­low your chil­dren to at­tend. Pretty sim­ple. Michael How did we man­age all those years ago be­fore Schoolies? Mike FOR THE RECORD An ar­ti­cle in The Sun­day Mail on Au­gust 5, 2018 ti­tled “Ex­trem­ists bark­ing up wrong tree” con­tained a state­ment that the grey­hound rac­ing McHugh re­port “re­lied upon ev­i­dence pro­vided by an­i­mal lib­er­a­tionists”. The Sun­day Mail ac­knowl­edges that the grey­hound in­dus­try pro­vided the in­for­ma­tion, and that the 17,000 fig­ure quoted is a na­tional fig­ure, not just for NSW. The Sun­day Mail, how­ever, stands by stat­ing the McHugh re­port was flawed on the ba­sis it was sub­se­quently amended. Only weeks af­ter State Par­lia­ment made the mur­der of un­born chil­dren le­gal, we are now em­bark­ing on an emo­tional cru­sade to in­crease the pun­ish­ment of peo­ple who kill chil­dren ( SM, Nov 4).

We would do bet­ter to fo­cus on im­prov­ing sup­port sys­tems and ser­vices for chil­dren and fam­i­lies at risk.

But that would take money and ef­fort, so it’s eas­ier for Op­po­si­tion Leader Deb Freck­ling­ton to cam­paign for in­creased pun­ish­ment of per­pe­tra­tors, a feel-good pseudo-so­lu­tion that will do noth­ing to pre­vent fu­ture child deaths or in­juries in dys­func­tional fam­i­lies. Peter Schaper, Biggen­den It’s about time the penal­ties for child mur­ders were dealt with.

As chil­dren are our most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens, this needs to be seen as the worst of­fence com­mit­ted.

But se­ri­ously, for Deb Freck­ling­ton to use this in an elec­tion cam­paign is of­fen­sive.

Don’t try to win votes with this, just do it. Deborah Heath, Golden Beach

DYS­FUNC­TIONAL PAR­TIES A DAN­GER

Ac­cord­ing to colum­nist Peter Gleeson ( SM, Nov 4), Clive Palmer’s po­lit­i­cal come­back does not bode well.

Palmer’s slo­gan “Make Aus­tralia Great” sends a less than sub­tle mes­sage.

In adapt­ing US Pres­i­dent Donald Trump’s trade­mark slo­gan, Palmer iden­ti­fies as a fol­lower and prom­ises noth­ing new.

Vot­ers may be con­founded by Palmer’s am­bi­tion, on the heels of highly pub­li­cised po­lit­i­cal, fi­nan­cial and le­gal stoushes.

Af­ter the col­lapse of the Queens­land Nickel re­fin­ery, he is promis­ing to re-open the com­pany and “make Townsville great”.

Mi­nor par­ties and in­de­pen­dents thrive on re­gional is­sues and per­cep­tions of alien­ation from the tra­di­tional par­ties.

Smaller groups, such as One Na­tion and Palmer’s United Aus­tralia Party, show no con­straints in ap­peal­ing to lo­cal self-in­ter­est.

In re­ject­ing the ma­jor par­ties, vot­ers over­look the ben­e­fits of wide-rang­ing poli­cies and party dis­ci­pline.

The in­flu­ence of mi­nor par­ties and in­de­pen­dents has var­ied in the past.

While smaller par­ties can be ben­e­fi­cial, dys­func­tional par­ties are a dan­ger to a sta­ble democ­racy.

Palmer’s rel­a­tively brief po­lit­i­cal and tur­bu­lent busi­ness back­grounds do not augur well for his fu­ture in­flu­ence on pol­i­tics.

The Coali­tion is wise to main­tain fo­cus on in­fra­struc­ture, busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and im­proved so­cial and phys­i­cal quality of life in re­con­nect­ing with vot­ers and coun­ter­ing Palmer’s nar­row re­gional views. Ros Smith, Mid­dle Park I can­not com­pre­hend why there has been an out­break of whoop­ing cough in a De­cep­tion Bay pri­mary school ( SM, Nov 4).

Of course, some of the

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