Deter the cruel kids
I don’t wish to sound pessimistic, but the 10 Commandments that are going to “fix schools” lack conviction (“Crackdown on cruel kids”, TST, Dec 2).
What happens to the student who gets 10 days of automatic suspension? Surely, that “nice” child is not going to stay home and watch TV all this time?
It is all very well to tabulate a list of intentions, but when dealing with undisciplined kids from uncertain backgrounds, these “precautions” are not going to work effectively.
I am not quite sure what “drawing a line into the sand” means, however, I do know that when Romulus (the founder of Rome) ploughed a line in the hill declaring that whoever crossed it would die, he didn’t hesitate to kill his twin brother Remus when he dared cross it. By this, I am not suggesting we eliminate the perpetrators, but surely we can come up with something a little more “constructive” as a deterrent. MARIO RAPANARO Dianella
Re: “Frying game” (TST, Dec 2). Some years ago I spent a fortune for us to go to the Ashes Test match at the WACA.
It never occurred to me there would be no shade available. Worse than that, for the huge amount of money I paid (excluding travel) we were sitting on something that amounted to nothing more than a radiator — in the apparent temporary stand that just had metal seats.
I rang Cricket Australia and they seemed to think it was all my fault . . . I mean, how long has the Ashes been held in Perth? Because I was so unwell I vowed never again to go to the cricket in Perth unless I could ensure I would get a seat in the shade.
Seems that’s a long way off. But it adds further to your story, as I’m sure there are plenty of folk like me. We were a party of six and I know that none of us will return.
And there were people there with small children who were saying the same thing. HELEN M GODDARD ACT
Make a mark
I am completely outraged after reading your article (Frying game, TST, Dec 2), which confirms that although covered seating is available at our new stadium, I’m prevented from sitting in it.
The seats, paid for by me, the taxpayer, will sit unused while I’m expected to pay to sit partly in the sun. The Cancer Council finds this preposterous, and I agree with them. I will not be going.
The Premier can force the leaseholder to make those seats available when they are unused, and to behave in a civic manner if he chooses to pick up the phone. As a Labor supporter, I urge him to you use his powers to accomplish this. LAWRY AARONS Morley
Feeling the pinch
On the possibility of a Labor government changing the rules regarding the cash payment of franking credits to self-managed super fund holders, I make the following comments.
Many SMSF holders made a financial decision based on the cash refund several years ago, so why is there no grandfathering of the situation? It has been done before. If you have an income lower than average, you will be allowed to receive cash refunds of franking credits, which is possibly a pandering to predominantly Labor voters. If you have an income above average, you are allowed to use franking credits to offset your personal income tax. Is this a plan for the rich to get richer? So what about us lot in the middle? All we can do is not vote Labor.
Our exclusive report on the limited access to shade at Optus Stadium.