So­cial climbers de­stroy beach cul­ture

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION OURS & YOURS -

What a great ar­ti­cle by Amy Har­ris (“Avo look at this: How Bondi turned into laugh­ing stock”, 11/6). It was spot on.

Bondi was a spe­cial place and still is to a se­lect few who still live in the area. It’s not so much the beach but more so the peo­ple we grew up with, the blue-col­lar work­ers and down-to-earth peo­ple who made this place spe­cial, not the so­ci­ety’s elite and so­cial wannabes who in­habit the area now.

Only thing with the ar­ti­cle was I had to Google to find out who Dan Sin­gle is. Many wor­thy peo­ple de­serve the ti­tle of un­of­fi­cial mayor of Bondi, ex-life­guard and Bondi le­gend Harry Nightin­gale or H as he is known, John O’Sul­li­van, who has done so much for surf cul­ture at Bondi, or Lawrie Wil­liams with his PhD in Bondi his­tory, or maybe Shan­non Har­daker. SHANE WIL­SON

SYD­NEY

RE­VIEW CRI­TE­RIA FOR WAR PEN­SIONS

I read with in­ter­est Annika Smethurst’s story on the is­su­ing of gold cards to young for­eign women and would like to tell you my mum’s story (“Bat­tle over rush of for­eign war wid­ows”, 11/6).

Mum and Dad were dinky-di Aus­tralians. They were mar­ried for 70 years and both were hard­work­ing. Dad served in the Aus­tralian Army from 1941 to 1946, where he had three tours to PNG and was on the Kokoda Track.

In De­cem­ber 2013 he was crossing a road and was struck and killed by a car. Dad was a gold card holder, so Mum ap­plied for a gold card not long af­ter his death and, af­ter nu­mer­ous in­ter­views and a long process, she went to an Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ap­peals Tri­bunal to try to get the gold card she de­served. On June 5 this year, she was granted the card.

She was told she had a very slim hope of get­ting a gold card when she ap­plied but she per­sisted and along with an army so­lic­i­tor and an out­stand­ing bar­ris­ter, she pre­vailed af­ter 3 ½ years. It ap­pears that young for­eign women seem to be able to get a gold card just about im­me­di­ately, which is com­pletely wrong af­ter what my mum had to go through.

I com­mend you for bring­ing this to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion and do hope there is a re­view of the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria for for­eign women. RAY DAVIS

SYD­NEY

CUT PAY­MENTS TO FOR­EIGN WID­OWS

Re­gard­ing for­eign women claim­ing Aus­tralian war widow pen­sions through de facto sta­tus, I want to know why Aus­tralian pen­sion­ers have their pen­sion sus­pended if they leave the coun­try for more than six weeks. Yet the women in the re­port, who are nei­ther cit­i­zens nor live in the coun­try, re­ceive the war vet­eran pen­sions with no ques­tions asked. Can some­one please ex­plain that to me? ALEXANDRA

CHISHOLM

CREDLIN IS BET­TER THAN POLITI­CIANS

We need Peta Credlin to be given the op­por­tu­nity to stand as a con­ser­va­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive (“Let’s pause in a minute of si­lence for Saudi hypocrisy”, 11/6). She speaks with far more hon­esty, in­tel­li­gence and is held in greater es­teem than many of our cur­rent con­ser­va­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tives. She has the courage to put in words what most Aus­tralians be­lieve. VAL MITCHELL

SYD­NEY

SAUDI SANC­TIONS SHEER HYPOCRISY

An­other ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle by Peta Credlin. Let’s not for­get that the ma­jor­ity of the 9/11 ter­ror­ists were of Saudi na­tion­al­ity, and now they have the au­dac­ity to place sanc­tions with other Mid­dle Eastern coun­tries against Qatar for so-called sup­port of ter­ror­ism. Hypocrisy at its high­est level. RICHARD BROWN

SYD­NEY

HAN­SON GAINS ON SOFT TOL­ER­ANCE

Well writ­ten ar­ti­cles by Peta Credlin and Piers Ak­er­man on ex­trem­ism and the prob­lems re­sult­ing from our be­ing ridicu­lously tol­er­ant.

When­ever I have trav­elled to an­other coun­try, I have al­ways re­spected their laws and cus­toms. But it only seems to go in one di­rec­tion with some, es­pe­cially af­ter the London ter­ror at­tack and the Saudi team’s re­ac­tion. I think I speak for most Aus­tralians when I say we want our politi­cians to show more guts, and stop putting up with non­sense. This is why Pauline Han­son is gain­ing power. ROBERT OCVIRK

SYD­NEY

DUMP COR­BYN AND ALL HIS CRONIES

Jeremy Cor­byn’s Labour Party was soundly beaten in the Bri­tish elec­tions (“May to fight on as ri­vals gather”, 11/6).

Cor­byn and co will be grac­ing the op­po­si­tion benches for an­other five years. Many folks seem to for­get that only a cou­ple of years ago Labour un­der Ed Miliband was over­whelm­ing favourite, ac­cord­ing to all the polls, to win a huge vic­tory over David Cameron’s con­ser­va­tives.

Mr Cor­byn lost the elec­tion. Talk of his great “tri­umph” is just silly twad­dle. Coali­tion gov­ern­ments are not at all un­com­mon. In­deed in many coun­tries they are the norm. The Bri­tish Labour Party needs to recog­nise the elec­tion re­sult for the loss it was and dump Mr Cor­byn and his cronies.

BILL AN­DER­SON SUR­REY HILLS VIC

CORBY’S RE­AL­ITY ROLE IS CRIM­I­NAL

My anger can­not be ex­pressed in words af­ter read­ing that Schapelle Corby could be on a TV re­al­ity show (“Corby’s new re­al­ity as a Brit TV star”, 11/6).

She is con­victed of a crime and then within two weeks of re­lease is on her way to what ev­ery­body else has to work their butts off to achieve. Surely it has to be a joke.

J. JONES TEA GAR­DENS

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