Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Don't Let Spin Mask Real Issue

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Don't Let Spin Mask Real Issue

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PLEASE do not allow the political spin to hijack the fact about the issue of Peter Slipper. He has used his position to gain benefits for himself.

Personally, I am still waiting for an answer as to his position on the welfare of Australian troops, who are risking their lives at the behest of politicians. His answer was sought approximately three years ago. He lied as to my contact with his staff in your paper.

What is the role of the newspaper? To report without fear or favour, the truth.

In this instance the C[pounds sterling]Fourth EstateC[yen] has information that should be viewed by the voting public. Do not allow the debate to be hijacked and allow political spin to smear what an ordinary person would do, when asked for advice in tackling sexual harassment.

Mal Brough has done what anybody would do confronted with the same dilemma.

I joined the Liberal National Party because I was disgusted with the Federal Member for Fisher.

GARY PHILLIPS

Pelican Waters

Sub-standard idea

IF THE Federal Government wants to save billions in defence then forget the silly idea of building 12 submarines to an unknown design, with outdated technology and with a projected cost of $36 billion ($3 billion each).

Going by the present six Collins class submarines, where at one stage only one was operational and we could only crew three at best, why do we want 12?

Australia could buy three or four C[pounds sterling]off-the-shelf designedC[yen] nuclear submarines from the US for approximately $2.5 billion each and would have something that works, is compatible with our biggest ally, offers better crew conditions and could be delivered when needed.

The result Co net savings on submarines of about $26 billion and the $214 million for submarine C[pounds sterling]design studiesC[yen] (junkets around the world for anyone remotely connected with the project) could go towards the self-propelled artillery, something the army could use now. …

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