I won't vouch for this
The NSW Government has announced it will give four vouchers worth $25 to each adult in NSW to spend on eating out and entertainment in a bid to stimulate the economy. "We want to encourage people to open up their wallets and contribute to the stimulus effect," Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.
If the Treasurer wants people to spend money and stimulate the economy, why is he cutting the wage rises of over 400,000 public sector workers? When workers earn less money going forward, they have less to spend in the economy. With inflation tipped to increase higher than wages for 2020-2021 according to the federal government and the RBA figures, this is a real wage cut.
J. Miles, Berry
Parkinson's nurse will be missed
I am writing to you regarding the cutting of the position of the Parkinson's clinical nurse consultant in the Shoalhaven area.
I am one of the many people in the Shoalhaven community who have this awful disease and have recently been told that the position will be axed at the end of the year due to funding cuts.
Previously, we had been told that the position of Parkinson's nurse would be filled by another service provider, and to learn that in the next six weeks the more than 700 people who suffer from the disease in our community will no longer have a central point of contact is extremely distressing indeed.
I should like to take the opportunity to thank the incumbent nurse consultant Nina Di Giglio for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Parkinson's community and urge the powers that be to reconsider their decision thereby not further marginalising an already vulnerable part of the community.
P. Wendon, Nowra
Don't even think about it
As a resident of Jaspers Brush I am horrified to hear that Shoalhaven Council would contemplate this proposed rezoning and subdivision. There is not sufficient infrastructure around Berry to cope.
A. Hirst, Jaspers Brush
Victory for a seafarer
An old World War II relative, who gave service on the small coast ships and got shot up applied for a full pension and was knocked back on the excuse that his ship never existed.
However, in a final try he appeared at a review in Canberra. The head of the tribunal appeared (an old sea captain), rushed straight over to Fred and said, "Welcome, my old seafaring friend." The organisers could only gasp! However, it still took them months to pay his incapacitated pension.
D. Andrews, Vincentia
Schools forced to beg and scrape
We think it is disgraceful that a public high school in our region has to go to businesses to support improvements to the school. Public schools are not being properly funded with approximately 74 per cent engaged in fundraising. Some 27 per cent of principals use fundraising to pay for basic maintenance of school infrastructure and 85 per cent of teachers in public schools spend their own money, on average $874 per year on essential school supplies.
Is this acceptable for our public schools? The Federal Government needs to establish a fund for public schools to ensure all students are educated in learning spaces where their needs can be met. An AEU analysis shows that 99 per cent of public schools will be below the Schooling Resource Standard by 2023 while 99 per cent of private schools will be funded at, or above, it by 2023.
P. David, Unions Shoalhaven
Public schools deserve a fair go
Obscene amounts of money being given to private schools by Lib/Nats while our state schools beg for funds to stay afloat. Bomaderry High and all the others deserve a fair go.