Letters to the Editor 13/12/2023

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Dear editor, 

As another year draws to a close it is time to reflect on what a year it has been. There have been some highs and some lows. Nevertheless, what we need to consider is what sort of future do we hope for future generations. What legacy we are leaving behind. 

Will it be a sustainable future, a peaceful and united community or one increasingly marred by division and environmental challenges as extreme weather events threaten our very existence. 

Our best chance of survival is through better communication, whether that be on a local, state, or federal level, and that is why I heartily endorse Dylan White’s letter in the last edition singing the praises of the Coolum Advertiser. The connection to community starts with us all, agree or disagree, it is the communicating and the sharing of ideas. 

Think about what you can do to foster positive change in our community and our country. How can you contribute to a nation which is based on compassion, social justice, unity, and respect?  

Our choices and actions today shape the future of our community and the health of our planet. 

To quote Dylan: “Think Global Act Local.” 

Robyn Deane,  

Bli Bli.  



Dear editor, 

As Christmas fast approaches, so will the point of crisis for many people struggling to make ends meet.  

Christmas is the busiest time of year for the Salvos. A time of hope, joy, and celebration – things that make Christmas good. But the reality is, Aussies are losing the battle to stay afloat.  

While generally regarded as a celebration of togetherness with loved ones, Christmas can also be stressful and isolating for many people experiencing hardship, especially in light of the current cost of living crisis. Many will be unable to afford basic necessities, such as food, utilities, or housing. New research from The Salvation Army shows that 62% of Australians are more stressed about their finances this year.  

People are at breaking point. 

This Christmas, we want to ensure that nobody struggles alone. During these times of hardship, it is extremely challenging for people to feel a sense of belonging and connection, especially at a time when being surrounded by loved ones matters most.  

Caring for people lies at the heart of The Salvation Army. By being present in local communities, we hope to provide the support people need for a more hopeful new year. 

So please reach out. The Salvos are here to lend a hand to anyone in need this Christmas – whether it is financial support to ease the burden of a stretched household budget, a Christmas hamper to feed the family or ensuring children revel in the magic of the season. We in turn hope to spread the love, peace and joy that is much needed this Christmas. 

We want to encourage everyone to embrace the season by connecting with loved ones, sharing meals, and spreading joy by giving to one another. We aim to make sure Christmas is a safe and happy time for all – which is why we ask you to give what you can this Christmas. Your contribution goes a long way to ensuring our services can continue to provide gifts, warm meals, or a safe place to sleep for those who need it most. 

If you would like to donate to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal, or if you need support, please visit salvationarmy.org.au or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58). 

Colonel Rodney Walters, 

The Salvation Army.  



Dear editor, 

At a time of year when our thoughts turn to distant loved ones, friends, and acquaintances, we make effort to contact each other, despite the swift passage of the year since last December. For unknown addresses of those not at a previous known address, the local Australian Electoral Commission office public search computer can provide information on missing friends, or those with no forwarding address, in any Australian state or territory. 

However, the new policy for A.E.C. office in any area, allows a limited address search of names in the area’s local, federal, and state electorates only. Previously, it allowed a search on any name in any state address throughout Australia. This was a matter of convenience for those whose family or friends had moved on to greener pastures, sea changes or tree changes and the like. Many older Australians still depend on written mail to communicate at Christmas, birthdays or just wanting to catch up. 

This is a gross inconvenience for everyone running a business, or simply accessing people out of state, or the area. For those living on the Sunshine Coast in the electorates of Fisher and Fairfax, the closest A. E.C. office now to access, is in Queen Street, Brisbane. For the elderly, who often rely on written communication, it is “a bridge too far”, considering the state of our public transport system and road networks. 

What once was standard practice and a public service, is now an inconvenience for everyone who wants an address for legitimates reasons. Who is running the show, making these inconvenient and unethical changes?  

Why fix it, if it isn’t broken??? 

E. Rowe, 




Dear editor, 

Worker shortages – cleaners, bakers, hairdressers, welders, etc.? Surely anyone with these talents (as well as being an ex- PM who at the same time held five other Ministries), can be found a job other than slouching on the back benches in Parliament House? Just asking for friends. 

Margaret Wilkie.  

Peregian Beach. 


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