THANK you to Port Stephens Council for acknowledging the affects of the Williamtown PFAS contamination by reducing the council rates for residents in the affected zones (‘Rate relief for the red zone’, Newcastle Herald, 24/5). You have shown more ethics and morals than the Australian government, who I believe have dishonoured the residents of Williamtown and surrounding areas. To have worked all your life and now have homes and land that are worthless, through no fault of their own, I don't know how they cope.
I THINK the question as to whether or not the outfit was acceptable (“Dress code a drag”, Herald 28/5) was answered when either the photographer or the person involved adjusted the outfit to hide underwear. As a woman I don't want to be pressed up against a guy in his jocks in a crowded venue, and I don’t care if he's gay or straight.
WHEN is the Australian political system going to change the rules? If a person is elected to represent a political party, they do just that, and should not jump ship to another party mid-term. To do so is, in my opinion, fraudulent behavior. If you wish to swap allegiance, then resign from Parliament and stand at the next election for the party of choice.
ALL the breast beating, wailing and hair tearing accompanying groups like the Law Institute of Victoria objecting to the mandatory jail sentence of six months for attacking emergency service personnel; regarding those mental health suffering guilty attackers of ambos, police, etc. is misplaced. Simple solution: put such guilty people in a secure mental health facility for six months (instead of jail) no ifs, no buts.
THANK you again, Maitland Hospital. Ladies and gents, you are my real-life heroes! A moment’s stupidity on Saturday afternoon and I crashed into a garden bed and spectacularly broke and dislocated my wrist. Three days with you wonderful people and I'm on the road to recovery. Thank you one and all. Maitland and the Hunter, we should be so proud of our public hospitals. I'm but one grateful patient.
BRAD Hill (Short Takes 28/5): you’ve moved from fun to foolish. I support development, never having said otherwise, understanding it’s important for progress. What I don’t understand is your response. I correctly pointed out to Dave McTaggart (Short Takes 22/5) that Newcastle has tried to become marginal seats before, only to be stymied by the Liberals themselves. My point still stands. To be successful in this region they need to be thinking locally and of the little person, not campaign contributors.
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