De­ter the cruel kids

The Sunday Times - - YOUR SAY WA - DAVID BINDLEY Fern­dale

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

Bowled out

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.

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