SCOTT Morrison has just announced a few more billion dollars’ funding for Catholic and independent schools (‘States not happy with Catholic school deal’, Newcastle Herald, 22/9). Let’s hope our state education minister is equally effective as a lobbyist as the Catholic and independent school systems are, and that our state school students receive the same proportional increase in funding as students in those systems.
A MESSAGE from my daughter living in London: it's ridiculous that there has been five prime ministers in five years. A country can’t run at its best when you have someone in office for just a year. It sounds very unstable and I bet that it is unsettling for a lot of Australians.
FORGET the late lamented Queens Wharf Tower on the harbour and ignore the light rail. Far more serious is the failure of coffee shop baristas to give customers what they order. Too often a cappuccino is given instead of a flat white, or a cup is offered instead of the desired mug. Baristas, customers drink coffee for your protection.
ADVOCATES of quota systems appear to be somewhat disoriented. Not long ago, discrimination was the burr under the public saddle, but quotas are discrimination at its worst, blatantly supporting the beneficiaries. While 100% of seats, even if unlikely, would be up for grabs with a 40% quota, opponents would be limited to a 60% maximum. Fair go, girls. Where is the equality in that?
I NOTE that a large hardware chain is selling pieces of schist rock for $15.48 a chunk. This is to use as stepping stones. I pointed out to my wife that this is remarkably cheap given we have been getting nothing but schist from Canberra for the last ten years and it’s been costing us a lot more than that. I think I’ll get my schist locally from now on.
NO WONDER self-confidence is dire for some young adults, Steve Barnett (Short Takes 24/9).
GEEZ, Dick McGuigan (Letters 24/9), if you find the speed restriction risky, what about allowing motorcyclists to ride up to 30km/h between lanes of both moving and stationary traffic. I find that more dangerous than playing leapfrog with a unicorn.
REGARDING the NRL and the Billy Slater decision (‘Slater in the clear for grand final swansong’, Herald 26/9): if there were a race called the Fair Dinkum Stakes the NRL would be at Winx odds to come last.
AND they wonder why people are turning away from rugby league in droves. It’s just another reason why my boys play rugby union, and another nail in the coffin of what was once a great game. Hang your heads.
COULD you recycle more at home?
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