SHOW SUPPORT TO FAMILIES AT RISK
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