Tathra ring road petition
Traffic congestion at Tathra Wharf is a problem that needs to be addressed. It is a problem that is only going to increase with population and tourism to our area.
Mr Andrew Constance our local MP quoted in the Bega District News in October 2008 that: “It is a great shame that the road was let go in the first place”.
“Tathra Wharf is a tourism icon and a shame that more visitors can't access it due to the lack of infrastructure to support tourist coaches. If government was to invest taxpayer dollars in this road then the return would be very significant for Tathra.”
If you would like to see the reconstruction of a one-way ring road please show your support and sign the petition boards placed at the wharf, post office, Bendy Kates, both caravan parks and the bowling and country clubs. The response so far has been very favourable
Noel Gorman, Tathra
The recent online abuse and vilification of social commentators like Kerrie-Ann Kennerly and Prue McSween who dare to speak out about violence in Indigenous communities against women and children and even some men is nothing short of disgraceful.
Even Jacinta Price – a highly intelligent and caring Indigenous lady, an Alice Springs councillor and Liberal candidate in the coming election - has been “trolled” to the extent her Facebook page has been shut down.
All for having the courage to speak out about the violence in her own community.
Rather than being allowed to open a civilised debate about a genuine problem they are called “racist”.
The very civil and respectful debate two years ago between Tim Wilson (pro) and Andrew Hastie (against) about legalising same-sex marriage led to abuse of Coopers Brewery for daring to sponsor the debate, until Coopers was forced to make a public apology for the sake of the business.
What is this country coming to that we can’t hold a civilised debate without being called racist or homophobic? I thought Australia was a democracy?
Elvie Preo, Bega
The Merimbula RSL recently hosted a public hearing of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into the removal of refundable franking credits. The committee's public hearings have gathered a reputation as carefully-orchestrated Liberal Party rallies chaired by IPA member Tim Wilson MP.
In a display of even-handedness and independence the committee chair authorised and published a sham website, using his title and Commonwealth Coat of Arms called StopTheRetirementTax.com. It invites you to register to attend the hearing but has “required fields” where you have to give your support to the following statements:
- I want to make this submission to the inquiry into implications of removing refundable franking credits.
- I want to be registered for the petition against the retirement tax.
- I want to be contacted on future activities to stop the retirement tax
This totally conflicts the chair and undermines the whole inquiry revealing it as a blatant political exercise.
I have no problem with attendees who oppose the proposition to stop paying tax refunds to people who have not paid any tax – even though the practice is patently absurd. Their Clayton refunds are paid for by all other taxpayers amounting to around $5billion per year!
I particularly object to the totally biased position of the committee chair and his connivance with the local branches of the Liberal Party to undermine the processes of Parliament in such an egregious manner.
He should be referred to the Privileges Committee and should resign immediately from his position on the committee.