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8 The Weekender, March 11, 2010
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MP's view of the
of figures on AEC
FPC loss results in
few native forests
THE WA Forestry Minister, Terry
Redman, and his cohorts, are intent
on destroying 30 years of bi-partisan
support for forestry industry devel-
opment on farms by dismantling the
share-farming division of the Forest
He states that "...the State should
not be in competition with private
enterprise". He is so wrong in this
It was the State, through its FPC/
CALM sharefarming division, that
developed the bluegum industry, the
sandalwood industry, the softwood
industry and did the early work in
developing the oil mallee industry.
It is true that once an industry can
stand on its own two feet it is right
and proper that the State no longer
has a role in some aspects of pro-
STAND up and applaud, everyone
who has been amused, stunned and
intrigued by the Great Southern fes-
tival performances this summer.
Remain standing and turn to the
town hall to applaud the team there.
This little group works hard to bring
these excellent performances to our
They deserve our thanks and cheers.
No, Milton Evans, you may not infer
that the fiasco on the waterfront is
"We need somebody with the exper-
tise...we can't expect our town hall
theatre manager to do it."
To blame your staff for "the sim-
plistic minimal set of figures" is the
ultimate management cop-out.
We will watch and wait for the
State Government to bring in a man-
ager who can keep the AEC full and
- Judith Thomson, Little Grove.
However, with the 'eucalypt for
sawlog' program still in its infancy
(less than 5 per cent developed), it is
very bad timing, both economically
and in terms of the stage of develop-
ment, for the government to forego its
responsibility in providing a sustain-
able and ongoing non-native forest
timber resource into the future.
If FPC/government does not de-
velop this industry, due to the long
investment time-frames, it will not
This means our wood will come
from native forests or Asian rain-
forests, continuing to destroy that
resource and adding to Australia's
$2 billion annual wood products
Look around you, our lives are sur-
rounded by timber products. Nice
- Janelle Scrimgeour, Mira Mar.
KEVIN Rudd said of the GST:
"When the history of this Parliament,
this nation and this century is written,
30 June 1999 will be recorded as a
day of fundamental injustice -- an
injustice which is real, an injustice
which is not simply conjured up by
the fleeting rhetoric of politicians.
"It will be recorded as the day when
has so vilified.
The Australian Parliament owned
and managed Veterans' Repat Hos-
pitals until the Keating Government
handed them to the states and the
private sector in WA and Queensland
at a saving of $1bn pa, with the deliv-
ery of improved services to veterans,
particularly in WA.
Having campaigned to remove the
"blame game", Rudd's threat to the
states is a reversal of another election
promise. The question Rudd must
answer is that if he allocates a bigger
share of GST to Health, which State
Government programme must suffer?
Or is his solution more borrowing?
-- Wilson Tuckey, MP O'Connor.
OVER the past few weeks reading
the paper I find it amazing that so
many articles are using "Third World
conditions" to describe something
For example, Third World stretch of
road and the Third World conditions
of our prisons.
I say we get someone, from let's say
Zimbabwe, and let them drive this
stretch of road and stay in this prison.
And let them compare.
- Mark Howarth, Gledhow.
the social compact that has governed
this nation for the last 100 years was
torn up". Yet now he identifies the
GST as the "Road to Reform" in the
area of public health services.
In attempting to bully the States
into returning 30 per cent of the GST
revenue, he threatens a referendum to
take over public health services.
Does Rudd need a referendum so
he can do a Telstra on the states and
forcibly acquire their costly hospital
No, as the power resides with the
Australian Parliament's s51(xxiiiA)
of the Constitution and can be intro-
duced during the next Sitting Week
to alter every aspect of the GST he
MY name is Penny Holyoak and
along with friends and my trusty
canine pillion passenger, 'Jack', I
am travelling around Australia on a
motorbike for three months, between
February and June 2010.
I have advanced cancer, and this
trip is a fundraising effort for the
Quest for Life Foundation, as well
as raising awareness and fulfilling a
I'm wondering if you might be
interested in covering the part of
our ride through Albany on 29th and
- Penny Holyoak, Ormond, Vic-
Cancer bike ride
coming soon to your computer
get it and reduce your
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