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Monday 03 June 2013
Have your say
Publication: Courier Mail (26,Mon 03 Jun 2013)
Edition: 1 - First with the news
Keywords: clean (1),energy (1)
Dirty power plays
WE ARE told one of the reasons for the price rises is because people are unable to pay their bills (C-M, June 1). If people cannot afford essential services then what is the answer?
I suppose it would be stretching things far beyond reason to expect a display of philanthropy from providers of essential services. Might is right and pity the poor and the needy. I ask myself ``why do we have governments which more and more abrogate their responsibilities and therefore their usefulness?''
I guess that explains the relative low level of topics under discussion by governments. Surely if there is nothing of any consequence left to control and debate then the very existence of government becomes superfluous.
Mike Heap, Dicky Beach
NOW let's get this straight. People can't pay their electricity bills, so the prices have to increase to cover retailers' costs.
But this will result in more people unable to pay their bills and further price increases and so on with fewer and fewer paying more and more.
Why not send the entire bill to Clive Palmer, the only one who can afford it? Thanks Clive.
John Fleming, Scarborough
TO NO one's surprise, Labor is blamed for the massive hike in electricity charges just announced. Yet the Newman team went to the last election with a promise to reduce electricity prices.
One wonders on what grounds they made such a promise. Either they knew that prices would have to increase, but lied, or they didn't know if prices would need to increase, but made the promise anyway.
Voters are entitled to expect something better from a government that trumpets its so-called economic credentials at every opportunity.
Yet we have mass public service sackings and skyrocketing electricity prices, along with wasted public money on promotional brochures telling us what a marvellous job they're doing.
Maybe they should include those brochures in our next electricity bills. We can use them to light the fire as we can't afford electric heating.
Con Carlyon, Toowoomba
THE worst part of the state-sanctioned price gouging with electricity costs, and the domino effect through the economy, is that it is kicking in at winter when power usage will be highest and increase the financial detriment of us mushrooms.
J.M. Barnett, Coopers Plains
DURING the election campaign last year I remember Campbell Newman comparing Queensland's economy with that of Spain's. With the rising cost of electricity now forecast to be over 20 per cent and the cost of living skyrocketing, thousands of public servants out of work and our economy slowing, it's now obvious that Premier Newman was not saying Queensland's economy was as bad as Spain's. He was making a prediction of what would happen to our economy.
Michael Darcy, Upper Mt Gravatt
IN HINDSIGHT, the introduction of the residential solar power scheme and its impact on wholesale electricity prices should have been more thoroughly assessed, as should the decision to deregulate the electricity market. While the LNP now tries to transfer culpability to the former Labor government, what's needed is improved parliamentary governance.
Milvio DiBartolomeo, Wellington Point
Sunset for the solar plans?
I AM an aged pensioner struggling to make ends meet. I economise on power, living at night in near darkness. I don't use an electric heater, clothes dryer or dishwasher. So my bills are quite reasonable and small. Nevertheless, I have just this week had a small solar-panel system installed, its size calculated to reduce my bill to near zero, and paid for on my credit card. So any increased cost on those of us who have done the right thing, using the excuse that ``pensioners shouldn't have to foot the cost for the wealthy who put solar panels in'' is disgraceful. Not only the ``wealthy'' have put solar on!
Rosemary Jilderts, Millstream
AS AN owner of a solar-panel system, that I paid for in order to reduce my family's cost of living, I take exception to being vilified by the LNP Government. I am not making a profit from owning solar panels. In the long run I will be saving all Queenslanders money. Who do you think will foot the bill when another power station is needed to provide people without solar panels with power? Do you really think the power companies will put their hands in their own pockets?
T. Steele, Meringandan
SOLAR producers give the state many benefits - delaying by years the need to build more multi-billion dollar power stations, reducing infrastructure costs, and being a massive contribution to clean energy.
Why not implement a ``heavy-user'' pays system? This would be win-win for everyone: government gets dollars; pensioners and low-income earners are protected through low unit prices for low usage; heavy users are given an incentive to reduce power usage.
Bruce James, Maleny
Role for reckless abandon
PSYCHOLOGIST Judith Locke is right on the money when she says that children benefit from wearing almost anything they like (C-M, June 1). Children's worlds are full of role playing, fantasy and imagination and dressing up is part of expressing that world. Whether it be wearing a tiara, a crown or a Batman suit, kids should enjoy their childhood innocence playing out roles that give them a sense of security, leadership, fun and reckless abandon.
Ashley Bell, Wilston
ADULTERERS in Iran must be breathing a huge sigh of relief knowing that due to Iran's new Islamic penal code they may be only hanged, as opposed to being stoned to death, for having a bit on the side (C-M, June 1).
Hopefully, in the best interests of both Iran and Australia, Foreign Minister Bob Carr will be rushing to congratulate Iran's ambassador on this reformation of human rights, as
it's not every day Sharia
law undergoes such drastic reformation.
Crispin Walters, Chapel Hill
SO big multinationals often retail products at twice the price in Australia as in Asia (C-M, June 1). Believe me, that's very true. If you want proof, go to Port Moresby and look at the difference in prices between the supermarkets that source their products from Australia and the one's sourcing from Asia. Same brands, same everything, only the writing on the labels is different. I used to ``travel the extra mile'' to buy my groceries from an Asian supermarket. I stumbled upon it by accident and was shocked at the difference in prices. I guarantee if Australian supermarkets did the same, prices would soon fall.
Albert Gagno, Richlands
WOULD you call the salami sandwich toss at Julia Gillard while she was visiting a school, a ``meat and greet gone wrong''?
Judi Cox, Springfield
CONGRATULATIONS to Ken Johnston (Letters, June 1), who really hit the nail on the head. Private schools have no discipline problems because public schools have all the problem students. Gonski money and any other money planned to be spent on public schools should go towards a plan to separate those who wish to learn from those who apparently don't want to learn in a normal public school. This is all that needs to be done to lift standards.
Brian Robertson, Forest Lake
WHAT a delight to see the photo on the back page of Saturday's paper (C-M, June 1). Not a tattoo in sight on the clean-looking image of a top sportsman (Matt Scott). Keep up the good work.
David Clark, Golden Beach
Goodes rises above sad stereotype saga
I WOULD like to congratulate Adam Goodes on his incredibly gracious handling of the events of the past week.
He has shown himself to be a true leader and no whinger.
Unfortunately, having grown up in the country and worked for Queensland Police, I have experienced the behaviour that often gives our indigenous population a bad name. However, I've experienced more bad behaviour from white Australians and other nationalities.
We all need to stop pigeonholing different cultures and start recognising the true high achievers like Adam Goodes.
I hope Eddie McGuire learns a big lesson.
Sally Laws, Ashgrove
WHAT'S with all this ``slip of the tongue'' nonsense with Eddie McGuire. He has a brain. He knew what he was saying. A slip of the tongue is something Gene Simmons does on stage.
Alex Stilianos, Mount Gravatt
THE problem is, Eddie McGuire is bigger than the AFL itself. Another president would have faced a chorus led by McGuire demanding his resignation.
Look, too, at AFL chief Andrew Demetriou. In a few days he has moved from condemnation to virtual acceptance of the comments as having been made when ``tired'' and as a ``slip of the tongue''.
Milton Battaglini, Carindale
Government showing cents on inactive bank accounts
I REMEMBER a time when banks had an almost divine-like right to help themselves if an account was inactive for a bank-determined period.
From what I can gather the intent of the Federal Government was initially a good one: instead of the banks making their own rules about perceived unused accounts, the federal administration legislated to do much the same thing (but with provision for full recovery).
The way this issue is being reported gives the impression the government is acting like a leech, when it should be presented as an attempt by our elected administration to put a stop to a shifty little practice.
Merv C. Bartlett, Pallara
I HAVE an account that for specific reasons has been inactive for three years. The government has not taken it over. Just because it is in overdraft is no excuse.
L. Houghton, Forest Lake
Maroons perform well at home of the Blues
I FIND it fascinating that NSW keep claiming Queensland struggle at ANZ Stadium. For the record, since 2006 nine games have been played there. Queensland five wins, NSW four wins. At Suncorp Stadium it's Queensland seven to two and in Melbourne it's Queensland three to zero. Perhaps the story should be about how NSW struggle everywhere!
Michael Keeffe, Nambour
I WAS interested to read Peter Badel's column (C-M, June 1) about the 1959 Queensland team only securing seven tour berths on the Kangaroo tour despite winning the series 3-1 over NSW. During the 1970s things were much worse with only two resident Queenslanders - Johnny Lang and Warren Orr - selected for the 1973 tour and only three - Kerry Boustead, Rod Morris and Greg Oliphant - in 1978.
I think it was great of Mal Meninga to invite the 1959 team to the naming of the current team to remind our players of those mighty players.
Laurie Parker, Charleville
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
- James Joyce (1882-1941)
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