Letters to the editor 18/05/22

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Dear editor,

Why are we still getting these white/yellow pages books dumped on our doorsteps? I have contacted the company in years gone by to ask them to skip my house, but they can’t do that. 

Ours is going straight into recycling (separate paper and squishable plastic) and I hope that the others are too. So much landfill otherwise. 

There really is no justification for the wasteful distribution of these directories.

Karen Mork,

Coolum Beach.



Dear editor,

I was reminded last Thursday of the kindness shown to strangers in our community when I learned, after completing my weekly shop at Coles, that my car battery had reached its end.  My mechanic had warned me only two days previously of the imminent demise of this vital component to vehicular mobility and it was on my “to do” list to purchase a replacement, soon.  However, that day came sooner than anticipated.

Unable to phone RACQ because as I later realised, I had “misdialled” I asked a gentleman who had parked in the adjacent space if he could contact them… he was about to do this when a lady stopped to ask if I was okay. The lady phoned RACQ and waited until a human answered then passed me her phone.  I explained the situation and was told I would be advised when the RACQ was en route.

I was wearing my Life Flight shirt and told the gentleman, whose name was Norm, that I am a volunteer and though RACQ is the main sponsor we are not fully funded and need to fundraise.   Norm said if I were still waiting when he returned, he would buy me a coffee, and he did.  I offered to pay but he said, “you work for the community, so I am repaying you.”   I told his wife that her husband is a lovely man. “Yes, he is,” she replied.

It was not too long a wait for the RACQ to arrive and replace the battery and I was on my way again. Sometimes we need to experience the kindness of our fellow humans to remind us we are not alone, and help can come on a rainy day in the form of angels in disguise. 

Linese Norrish,

Coolum Beach.



Dear editor,

Australia’s voting demographic must decide which politician’s promises are feasible and credible. Promises about millions given here or there, just to sound generous and legitimate, often don’t stack up in the light of historical debt.

Householders appreciate that struggling with budgets and living on credit is not sustainable. But voters aren’t convinced to vote for parties that are focused on debt-reducing policies either. So, splashing out on promises of cash for regions with narrow voter margins seems to be the current trend. Many such investments are soon forgotten post-election, as they are merely carrots to entice the undecided.

Wisdom is required to focus on what legacy our votes have for future generations. To hand them a massive deficit, one resulting from COVID payment generosity and escalating global prices is a bridge too far. Voting requires vision. More promises of spending mean higher taxes. 

Global pressures on the economic disasters we are presently experiencing, require leadership with fiscal intelligence. Who is competent enough to bring back prosperity for future Australians for the long haul? Let the record speak for itself!

E. Rowe,




Dear editor,

Each election campaign the Liberal-National Coalition say they are planning for a strong economy, so why is it that the cost of living has risen as inflation hits 5.1 per cent, the biggest annual inflation rate for two decades; wages are stagnant; the RBA has increased the interest rate by 0.25 per cent, and tipped to increase that by year’s end, which will impact on mortgages and reduce property values.

As well as that, the LNP has increased government debt to almost one trillion dollars, most acquired before the COVID pandemic hit.

After nearly ten years in office, these so-called better economic managers have taxed more, spent more, borrowed more, and wasted more than any other government in Australia’s history.

If you doubt that – do your own research. The Morrison government are big on announcements but not so great at delivering for all Australians. Check out the facts and consider them when you vote.

Robyn Deane,

Bli Bli.


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