Consumers always lose
I write in response to R. Lucas, (SCR Letters, May 15). The NSW Liberal/National state government sold off our NSW electricity poles and wires.
Nationals Katrina Hodgkinson praised this move at a recent candidates forum held locally, saying it created millions for the government.
We need to call this for what it is: privatisation. We have had enough privatisation in this country to know it has never resulted in better outcomes for consumers.
With NSW residents now paying the highest electricity prices in the developed world, we are ultimately all paying for this in the long run while the government made a quick buck. As R. Lucas pointed out, the cost of living is skyrocketing while wages are stagnant.
This is a true state of the economy under the LNP.
J. Miles, Nowra
History may condemn us
Over recent weeks the UN Secretary General, as convenor of our global community, has declared climate change as the defining issue of our times and an existential risk to our planet.
Politicians across the world are realising that to win elections they must persuade voters that they have comprehensive policies to address this critical challenge.
Across Gilmore, students through their strikes and marches have have demanded that our governments put climate change amelioration at the front and centre of policy-making. Their passion and commitment has been shared by many older citizens.
On Saturday, the people of Gilmore have a chance to move this issue from hypothetical debate to urgent action for the sake of these children and their future generations.
If we let this chance pass we risk bequeathing a disaster to our future generations, and history (such as will be left to humanity) may rightly condemn us as a foolish, selfish people.
J. Picot, Vincentia
The number one issue
Climate change is so important and a matter of urgency. It should be above all, the No.1 policy in this election.
I am full of praise for our younger generations. The school kids who showed gumption and dared to leave school to protest about the inaction on climate change, the environment and the future of this precious planet we live on.
Without a healthy planet, civilisation will not survive. These school kids are the future guardians of planet Earth and have every right to stand up and be counted.
Instead of being criticised for their actions, they should be applauded and listened to.
Don't go back to the old days of saying "children are seen and not heard".
Children must be seen, heard, listened to and believed. Many have lost their lives because they haven't been heard, listened to or believed.
Politicians could learn well from them.
All we hear about is a surplus. What good is a surplus or all the money in the world IF there is no planet left to live on.
We have a choice. Leave them a surplus or a healthy planet.
I choose a healthy planet. It's the greatest legacy we can leave to all humanity. If the school kids have planned another out of school hours protest, I'm with them in spirit all the way.
As for them protesting in school hours. Their record on school attendance is better than the politicians' attendance in parliament. What are they getting paid for?
When I cast my vote on May 18, it's not a vote just for me. It's for climate change and the environment, health/Hospitals - Drs, Nurses, Education, Schools, Teachers, cost of living, Pensioners, the unemployed, the homeless, our farmers, etc etc.....
They are the ones I am thinking of on that day.