Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Projects Are Overdue

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Projects Are Overdue

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I AM writing in response to the editorial by Daily Mercury Chief Subeditor Patrick Manning (DM 17/04/09).

Mr Manning wrote that the crucial and essential infrastructure projects that we are now seeing in our town did not get here by luck. He is correct.

They are here by virtue of our democracy, whereby governments provide services (by way of tax revenue).

They are not here to "underpin confidence" in the face of "economic wobbles". (Others, by the way, call it global recession.)

The facts that these projects are many years overdue and, in the case of the hospital, took a mass public outcry, seem to have been overlooked by Mr Manning.

Mr Manning says that the visit by the Deputy Premier "bodes" well. Bode: be an omen of. We don't need luck or omens. Even if we never saw a minister or anyone else from the government, we should still expect an adequate health service.

The community (strongly supported by the Mercury, to its credit) should not have to start a petition to get the basics of a society. There definitely shouldn't be any back slapping for those whose job it is to provide at least the bare minimum.

After all, it is us who are paying for it. To suggest that we have to demand for these types of projects from our elected representatives only justifies governments, of all persuasions and levels, in their complacency.

Politicians need to be held accountable in their work, otherwise community support is just taken for granted. That is what we have seen now and in the past.

Our region deserves far better than to have to beg for crumbs and then be grateful for them.


Living standards

IT is only an ever increasing amount of capital per head of population, invested competitively in the tools of production, that gives the inhabitants of any nation an ever increasing living standard.

However, in addition to all other taxes, the Rudd Government is determined to impose an EMS or carbon tax.

It is a tax that is designed to increase the cost of power.

As such, it also will be a capital consumption tax as it is designed to close down Australia's coal-driven powerhouses.

Productive enterprises like powerhouses, aluminium and other smelters, cement production, farming and other large power users will close and or move off shore.

Here, large areas of farming land will become worthless.

There are intellectuals who claim that the increase in power costs will make wind, solar and as yet unknown sources of power attractive to the public.

Espousing their views, they are supported by the Greens, some mining and business organisations and free market institutions which should know better.

One wonders from which planet these incredibly destructive life forms have migrated. …

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