A good idea at the time
Barnaby Joyce and the circumstances he finds himself in could be likened to the Patsy Cline song of ‘I Fall To Pieces’.
Having said that it would now appear that a more appropriate song that would represent his position would be Jennifer Rush singing the ‘Power Of Love’!
The Canberra press gallery is in full flight, chasing the Joyce story and that, my friends, is most sad.
What is it to be? At the very first indication of any close or personal relationship between senior pollies and their staff, out would come the moral police.
No guys, we must simply leave it up to the individuals concerned to control their feelings and that is the crux of the matter.
Consequences will be the guiding light in this matter and at the moment Barnaby is under a very big spotlight and rightly so.
Barnaby as leader of the Nationals and Deputy PM was a good idea at the time but as each day goes by may not have been such a great idea.
B. Cumberland, North Nowra
We need coal mines
Manildra employs over 400 people. Congratulations. With youth unemployment at 28 per cent in the Shoalhaven we should be encouraging companies to stay open and provide jobs.
How can small business (which is the backbone of this country) survive having to pay their outrageous electricity bills?
They can't and therefore put off staff. When this country can no longer afford to manufacture and thousands of people are on welfare, who will pay the welfare bill? We will not have the taxes to do so.
When foreign countries like China or India buy Australia do you think they will worry about climate change?
No, they will rape Australia of all its natural resources and Australia will be working for them and then Australia will most certainly become a third world country.
We have people who cannot afford their electricity bills who sweat in summer and freeze in winter so they can afford to buy food, ask them what they would prefer,
I am sure they would say cheaper electricity.
Australia is going backwards because governments listen to a minority not the majority.
The Greens are outraged about the date of Australia Day being changed.
If we no longer own Australia we will not have Australia Day.
The Aboriginal people will not have the financial assistance they have now.
The welfare will not be there for the Greens to put their hand out for welfare as they believe that it is their right. Australia will be gone as we know it, if not us, our children and grandchildren.
We should be opening not shutting coal mines. Let’s have a referendum on that, not on changing Australia Day.
And when winter comes and all you self satisfied greenies light your fires, with the chopped down trees that are needed for these fires, and as the smoke thickens the air so people can hardly breathe and asthmatics can't go outside for fear of an asthma attack, let me ask you, who are the polluters now?
L. Price, St Georges Basin
No need for republic
With the relaxing of political discipline – the next move by activist groups: Give the country a new name.
From here on in, even though it might be non-militant, a revolutionary slide, with civil disobedience, each faction choosing a leader, pushing their own ideological barrow along a narrow path towards an election for president.
We do not need a republic – there is nothing wrong with our political system – it is far from broken. Yes, these are difficult times.
However we enjoy one of the most prosperous and stable living conditions in the world. Let’s keep it that way.