Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Help for Flood Victims an Insult

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Help for Flood Victims an Insult

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TO borrow from the vernacular, C[pounds sterling]what a bloody insultC[yen].

That we know of, Premier Anna Bligh has happily blown $500 million on the Traveston Dam debacle, has mothballed the state's highly suspect $1.2 billion desalination unit and has approved $260 million to C[pounds sterling]fixC[yen] the failed $80 million Queensland Health Department payroll system.

Similarly, while her Foreign Minister K Rudd big notes himself around the world, handing out millions of taxpayers' dollars with gay abandon, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has trashed the lives of thousands over her failed multi-million dollar C[pounds sterling]Green LoansC[yen] farce, wasted untold millions (and lives) on the failed C[pounds sterling]home insulationC[yen] project and, most recently, blew another $45 million on a futile Soccer World Cup bid.

And what do those wonderful fellow Australians whose lives and livelihoods have been utterly devastated by the record floods here in Queensland get?

A lousy $1 million C[pounds sterling]donationC[yen] from each of these pompous tightwads, each posing as state and federal C[pounds sterling]leadersC[yen] (now there's a serious misnomer).

For goodness sake, for once and under these particular circumstances, why can't these two representative ratbags do the right thing and remember C[pounds sterling]charity begins at homeC[yen] and, as such, put some real meaning into the word C[pounds sterling]helpC[yen] for our rural communities who, right now, need this commodity more than ever as they try to, yet again, rebuild shattered lives, businesses and obviously long-held dreams.

JOHN FANCOURT

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