So where is the CT scanner?
We are pleased that the New South Wales Premier and government have found an additional $300 million plus to add to the existing $350 million they had already allocated to build a new Shellharbour Hospital.
As new public funding no longer seems to be a problem in NSW, the Milton community would be equally delighted if the Premier kept her election promise to provide our local hospital with a CT scanner.
It would be a way to significantly improve the provision of local health services, and at a cost of less than $1 million.
These sorts of election commitments need to be honoured.
B. Tomkinson, Little Forest
One of Australia's biggest meat corporations says JobSeeker is too generous!
Some of us might imagine that paying the rent or mortgage and feeding the family on $550 a week (soon to be reduced to $400) would not be a bed of roses.
But the corporate and industry affairs manager of Teys says this is making people "a little bit too comfortable".
In his mind, the rate should be slashed further, so people will be forced to work in their hellish slaughterhouses, where COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly.
There they will spend their days killing terrified animals, at processing speeds that guarantee suffering for both the workers and the animal victims.
Here's a better plan - instead of forcing people into poverty so they can keep the conveyor belts moving, cut the meat from your shopping list, and let's close down these grim death factories.
D. Bellamy, PETA Australia
True interests of farmers betrayed
Barilaro and the National Party have again betrayed the true interests of long-term family farmers, the science, and ecosystem understanding.
Survival and sustainable farming is strongly focussed on conservation of soil, water, trees essential to the water cycle, mulching, and diversity of plant, insect and animal life.
Ripping out tree cover, short-term agri-business, chemistry from multi-national corporations, does not work long-term.
That approach yields degraded soils, failed product, gully erosion, and rotting fish in dry rivers.
The Nationals sold-out to big-cotton, to strip miners, climate-wrecking coal mining and gas-frackers.
Many Nationals and Liberals, state and federal, are sponsored agents of "extraction industry", giving failing artesian water to fossil fuel mining, which destroys sustainable farming, brings climate chaos.
NSW Liberal-Nationals land clearing policy changes have accelerated the destruction. The numbers are clear. Morrison's government wants to dump federal protections.
Now, after wildlife died by millions in bushfire carnage, Barilaro speaks for trashing the last remaining koalas.
The population at large says "enough", in fact "too much".
The whole community has a right to a healthy landscape, bio-diversity, sustainable water cycles.
Every mine and every farm has impact beyond its borders.
Farmers and all citizens deserve policies that sustain the whole landscape and save them from the excesses of nearby greedy short-sighted "extractors", from chemical farmers, frackers and miners who destroy and poison land systems.
We need MPs who are environmentally informed and committed to support sustainable land use, respecting the natural systems and conserving the life-giving resources.