PM’s power struggle
Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t believe what he says about renewable energy, as it contradicts everything he said before he became PM and he knows that burning coal is causing more extreme heatwaves.
But Mr Turnbull is stuck with the deal he made to become Prime Minister. He got the position, but not the power.
The tragedy for Australia is that we have a climate emergency and we need action to change to renewable generation of electricity.
The next stage for our clean electricity supply has to be storage. Batteries, hydro and solar thermal can all be used to store energy. We have to stop the squabbling and get on with it.
A. Rees, Moruya
As Malcolm Turnbull rose to his feet in response to a baiting question and stinging critique from Bill Shorten, his performance was outstanding.
In racing terms, his performance could best be described as a form reversal that needed scrutiny from the stewards. Barnaby Joyce and his front bench companions were like excited owners or heavily invested punters as their pick delivered a performance of rare quality.
Turnbull, his nostrils flared, bellowed and roared barbs and insults at Shorten across the chamber, spurred on by his much relieved MPs.
But this is where the fiction ends and the reality starts. Turnbull has always been a reluctant performer, never regularly delivering his best and always finishing close enough to keep all supporters interested. Like all inconsistent performers that are required to step up in class the betting (polls) should be the best guide.
One performance a champion it does not make so consistency will have to be the norm but if he achieves this I’m not sure Mr Joyce’s blood pressure will stay under control as his champion thunders by, spurred on by the calls of “Go, you good thing” over and over again.
B. Cumberland, North Nowra
I wish to express my disappointment at the Nowra Show Society for the way in which they notified attendees of the show of the cancellation of the fireworks. They were due to commence about 9.15pm at which time they made a PA announcement that in consultation with the Rural Fire Service they had cancelled the fireworks. According to their Facebook page the decision was actually made at 6.30pm but it was not broadcast to the crowd at that time. The very hot weather was forecast days in advance, yet the fireworks were still being advertised as the drawcard event for Saturday night. If I had known of the cancellation I may not have attended and spent the evening elsewhere.
I contacted the Rural Fire Service and was informed the Show Society had an exemption from the total fire ban to allow them to run the display and that the decision to cancel had nothing to do with the RFS. So even their paltry PA announcement at 9.15pm was BS. They kept the cancellation from the crowd I suggest so as not to reduce the takings for the show as the attendance numbers may have been adversely affected and therefore the financial success of the show. Very poor form indeed, I emailed the show society but of course they did not reply.
G. Chapman, Blacktown
American President Harry S. Truman, a competent pianist, often remarked: “My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth there is hardly any difference”.
It seems nothing has changed – today’s politics are repetitious and full to the brim with piano recitals.