Letters to the Editor

Virus slowdown successful but the depressed patient died in poverty


Dear Sir,
In their frantic attempts to delay the spread of the Wuhan virus, governments are sowing the seeds of economic depression and currency destruction, which will blight Australian lives for a generation.
They are adding financial stress to the medical stress.
The ordinary flu virus kills many people every winter despite vaccines. And both viruses are more lethal for the old and the sick.
We do not close the whole country every flu season but this year’s crisis is being exploited by scare mongers, centralists and globalists whose slogan is “never let a decent crisis go to waste”.
Whole industries are being destroyed before our eyes – airlines, shipping, the whole tourism and entertainment industry, sport, small business, pubs and clubs and most investment and retirement funds.
All sacrificed because governments fear that a sharp spike in illnesses will expose inadequacies in the government-managed hospital/health/welfare bureaucracy.
Next they will exploit this economic crisis to promote digital currency, kill cash and get their sticky fingers on our superannuation assets.
Already the green globalists are celebrating as industry emissions fall and political power moves towards central governments and global organisations.
They will now abuse this economic crisis by pushing their climate agenda with stimulus packages that favour green energy.
As this government-created economic cyclone destroys industry and jobs, politicians are panicking and scattering cash like confetti at a wedding.
This encourages immediate consumption, but this “stimulation” stops dead when the money tap is turned off. The debts will remain, somewhere.
We don’t want more sit-down-money from big government while we hide forlornly at home ordering take-aways – we want conditions which encourage investment and productive employment.
We need measures to encourage the creation of new businesses, industries and jobs.
For starters, immediate repeal of payroll taxes, stamp duty, capital gains tax, wage controls, a rates holiday and reduced income tax.
And immediate and permanent repeal of all green barriers to new business and jobs. 
We need Australians building new dams, railways, roads, real power stations, factories, farms, forests and mines, not sitting sadly at home fearing ration coupons and being drip-fed on some piddling new allowance.

VIV FORBES BScApp, FAuslmm,FSIA
Washpool

Bike path before road widening

Dear Sir,
I write in response to Gerry Manderson’s letter “Road widening a first priority” published in the TWT March 25 2020.
This politically motivated attack on Mayor Jerome Laxale and Labor aligned councillors is so typical of the conservative side in that it omits key facts and as a result is misleading.
As they say never let the facts get in the way of a good smear campaign. Just ask Federal Minister Angus Taylor.
The funding for the $10 million project will be partly funded by the City of Ryde and dependent on continued grant funding from Transport NSW (State Government).
The project will be constructed in sections along the route and will be spread over several financial years with completion of the path expected to take three years.
The planning and development of the project was undertaken with all relevant stakeholders including local residents. (Source City of Ryde).
Anyone that regularly uses Pittwater Road will know that simply widening it would not be a straightforward task.
For a start the majority of the eastern side of Pittwater is adjacent to Lane Cove National Park and construction works are not permitted in the National Park.
It is a snaking narrow road (in places) and the physical constraints caused by residential development and natural geography would prevent any significant widening.
Mr Manderson may also not be aware that the eastern side of Pittwater Road commencing opposite Field of Mars Reserve right up to Victoria Road is in the Hunters Hill municipality, not Ryde.
Nevertheless upgrades and improvements have been carried out over time and it has been the subject of consideration by Ryde Council over many years, at least back to 2011 (Source www.ryde.nsw.gov.au).
The proposed shared user path (pedestrians and cyclists) will provide opportunities for City of Ryde’s ever increasing population to get outdoors and live a fit and healthy lifestyle.
It represents a worthwhile investment in a community asset and should be applauded not ridiculed.


MIKE HILDER
Marsfield

Letter to PM on energy crisis

Dear Sir,
I enclose copy of a letter I have just sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison regarding our energy crisis.

Dear Prime Minister
If our energy power generation system were not such a critical element in Australian’s daily lives, our emerging energy crises might indeed be laughable, but it is.  
Virtually everything that drives our economy and maintains our standard of living is totally dependent upon reliable, affordable and dispatchable energy. 
It’s an Essential Service that’s sadly been allowed to pass from being owned by the ‘State’ (we the People), now sold into private hands, dedicated unsurprisingly to making a profit nowadays for shareholders with, it seems, little consideration given toward minimum performance standards ie Quality Of Service (QOS) requirements.  
 
Energy costs have risen exponentially, blackouts are becoming more common place challenging the reliability of supply and there’s little sign of any of the long promised end user price reductions coming to pass. 
Indeed my own residential electricity General Usage costs have increased as recently as from January 20, 2020 by some 8 percent, far in excess of the CPI.
In those circumstances Prime Minister, seems it’s about time a new Energy Policy be developed. 
One that clearly defines QOS standards and wholesale prices that are fair to all concerned in company with necessary incentives to encourage industry participants to reinvest in the industry. 
Otherwise our energy supply will soon collapse into a very unpleasant, smelly heap of the ‘proverbial’. 
In the absence of substantial reinvestment in new and/or major power station equipment upgrades, the imminent demise of NSW’s ageing Liddell power station (currently scheduled to close I understand in 2023) will almost certainly herald in the forerunner of extensive, regular blackouts around much of the Australian eastern seaboard.
To preclude such an eventuality, here’s some recommended, simple legislative steps for you and your parliamentary colleagues to contemplate at your earliest convenience.
Firstly, let industry decide which mix of technology bests suits their individual Business Plans (IMHO we should be technology neutral) based upon a simple, clearly defined Energy Policy. Not hard. 
Secondly, in the absence of empirical evidence proving the case against CO2 (it’s just an unproven UN IPCC hypothesis based upon speculative computer models) Australia should: 

  1. Withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord at the earliest opportunity.
  2. Terminate all Federal subsidies for the ‘Unreliables’ of Wind and Solar technologies. No favourites!  A level playing field for ALL energy generators.
  3. Introduce 100 percent Quality of Service (QOS) standard for all energy suppliers (force majeure accepted – eg; unforeseen natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and bushfires, but NOT the lack of normal resources like coal, gas, wind or sunshine) to ensure reliability of supply for an essential service.
  4. Clearly define and impose substantial financial penalties upon energy suppliers who fail to meet prescribed minimum QOS (Quality of Service) standards ie; they must perform, or perish! 
  5. Revisit wholesale pricing to ensure incentives for reinvestment in whatever technology power generators elect to employ to meet minimum QOS performance standards that are fair, common and transparent to all. 
  6. Remove the ban on nuclear to enable industry to make their own choice/decisions as to the merits, or otherwise, of using nuclear technology in their power generation mix.
     7. Repeal the Governments Direct-Action Plan and related Safeguard Mechanism Legislation that’s indirectly driving up Australia’s energy costs.
    If these policies are unattractive to the power generation industry, tough… just re-nationalise it! 
     Adopt these policies and Australia would not need the plethora of Government bureaucracies that currently burden the industry.
    Just one (eg; the AEMO or the Energy Consumers Australia?), to ensure QOS standards are met, an adequate ROI is provided and substantial penalties are imposed for any failure to perform. 
     Australia would then have a future (as we once did) as a world-class, low cost energy producer.  Essential for all Australians and if we’re to compete globally. 
    And there would NOT be any adverse impact upon the world’s climate!
    JIM SIMPSON 
    Convener
    Climate Realists of Five Dock
    Five Dock

Blame for spread of coronavirus

Dear Sir,
I do agree with Tony Ikonomou when he states that the Chinese government is largely to blame for the spread of the virus.

It is their total disregard for the rights of other people and those of helpless animals that makes me angry.
Even the humblest of creatures has a right to live otherwise they would not be on the planet, some, long before us.
They eat anything that moves and have made a filthy slum of these once beautiful pristine suburbs.
They don’t seem to give a damn about any of us.
DIANE KRAUS
Epping

Serious coronavirus state of affairs

Dear Sir,
I have had my attention drawn to this week’s front page (March 18), and I think it strikes just the wrong note.

Although not currently living in Australia, I have to keep up with COVID-19 news in north-west Sydney, because my father is in one of the BaptistCare facilities near Dorothy Henderson.
Deaths, as you must know, are continuing, as are infections.
So it’s irresponsible to suggest that people go about their lives as usual – things are beyond that point.
They are even beyond it here in New Zealand, where there have been fewer cases per head of population, and no deaths to date.
JOANNE WILKES
Meadowbank and
Auckland New Zealand

Benefit of Chinese herbal medicine

Dear Sir,
On Covid-19 is Ryde Councillor Simon Zhou seriously helping Eastwood groups to “educate people about how to protect yourself by using Chinese herbal medicine” (TWT 25/3/20)? 
Unless that Chinese herbal medicine results in social distancing (such as sudden illness forcing extended bed rest) or the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE –gloves, masks etc.) then I would not want to be near anyone who believes Chinese herbal medicine would protect them from Covid-19.
And on that, why are we seeing so many masks and so few gloves around Ryde?
 If Clr Zhou wants to be helpful perhaps he could educate Ryde residents not to send much needed items, such as hand sanitiser and pharmaceuticals overseas. 
We saw this with baby formulae in the past, which stripped supermarket shelves, and now we seem to have a Covid-19 version.
FRANK RAYNER 
Boronia Park

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