We won't be back
As a Sydney person travelling to the South Coast to support you in your hour (months) of need, I was very disappointed to get an $80 parking fine in the "free parking" area at Milton.
We moved into a parking space vacated by another vehicle and it seemed completely normal, but have been informed it was not between so-called designated lines, which were so faded you couldn't see them anyway. Thanks a lot. Won't be back.
L. Sullivan, Sydney
In Senate estimates Dr Peter Mayfield from the CSIRO was in attendance with their explainer document to promote climate change as the main contributor to the bushfires. Senator, Matt Canavan read the document and it indicated that no such study had been undertaken. A dumbfounded Dr Mayfield, when asked why that piece of information was left out, said, "it is really a question of what you choose to put in and what not to put in".
The longest period of heat ave in the history of the world was recorded at Marble Bar from October 31, 1923 to April 7, 1924 with 160 days over 37.7778 degrees celsius. It has been hotter there in 1905 at 49.2 degrees but not for that prolonged period of time. The Bureau of Meteorology have been caught lowering some of the historic readings to create a warming trend and back up their climate scaremongering.
S. Clark, Ulladulla
Wallets snapped shut
The Australian economy is in a bad way. We have had the worst retail spending since the 1990 recession. Statistics show Australian households have snapped their wallets shut. One may wonder why this is the case, as we have been fed the narrative that the Liberal and National coalition government are better at managing the economy. The statistics prove otherwise.
They talk about Labor's past debt and deficit, but they fail to mention their own debt and deficit - it has more than doubled since Labor was last in government. No longer can this government claim they are better economic managers.
Australians are facing the lowest wage rises since World War II. The Reserve Bank has had to cut interest rates to record lows due to lack of government action and stimulus. The Reserve Bank is running out of bullets. If the government wants people to spend money and stimulate the economy, a lift in wages would restore consumer confidence and support struggling small business as any wage rise would go back into the economy.
The Governor of the RBA agrees, as do all economists. With one in three workers casual, many are facing an insecure future and further reducing their spending in these uncertain times.
With health insurance, childcare, council rates going up far higher than wages and inflation, what do consumers do? They reduce their spending as their income isn't keeping up with the cost of living. Why won't the government do something?
J. Miles, Berry
What happens when the general public starts to lose trust in their federal, state and local governments?
The spate of recent disasters and the protracted responses to the immediate needs of those affected requires this response. Policy development by government is fine but the real issue becomes the implementation and this is always the realm of the bureaucrats.
Always restricted by process and procedure the much needed assistance/relief funds are drip fed to those in most need. More annoying are the relentless news conferences stating what has been made available but in truth, very hard to access.
The perception of governments unable to function effectively especially during times of crises does not install confidence in those looking for leadership and guidance.