Letters to the editor: July 22

Shocked and appalled
SIR – I am writing in regards to the article on Brett and Matthew in the June 3 edition (Biding their time).
I just finished reading the comments sent to the editor and I am absolutely shocked and appalled by what was said.
I don’t even know why this is an issue in this day and age, let alone how people can be so judgemental and just plain horrible, awful and cruel.
It makes me sick to think that people who surround me have those shameful and horrible thoughts about this ‘issue’.
Everyone has the choice to love who they want to love and marriage should be equally for everyone. It’s called marriage equality.
I feel horrified that people discriminate and react in such a vile way towards this.
These types of homophobic and discriminatory comments should not have the right to be published nor said, not because people don’t have the right to their opinion, but there is a limit and the things that were said in regards to this article were cruel, discriminatory and vile.
It was very hurtful to read such ‘opinions’ and those people should be disgusted with themselves for taking the time and effort to hurt others.
And can we please stop calling this “gay marriage” or “same-sex marriage”.
Marriage is between two people who love each other and want to commit to each other.
Singling out and name calling is discrimination. Marriage is marriage.
Everyone deserves to live in peace and have the freedom to do what they want, even in a world amongst horrible, repulsive and judgemental people. #lovewins
Camila Miranda,
via Facebook.\

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Power line protest

SIR – I call upon all Gawler residents to contact local MP, Tony Piccolo, Member for Light, to voice their strong protest concerning the proposal by SA Power Networks to distribute power to homes in Gawler East via a “66kV overhead sub-transmission line, with 12 poles running through Evanston to the Potts and Gawler East link road intersection and a further 42 poles along the proposed link road” (The Bunyip, ‘Council lobbies against power lines’, July 15).
Such a proposal will forever de-face the hills face around the proposed link road and, if allowed to proceed, will be a permanent ugly scar.
So what if the alternative underground infrastructure comes at a price tag, approximately three times that of overhead power lines?
What price does one place upon the aesthetic value of maintaining the hills-face area?
And what about the long-term cost savings in maintenance of overhead power lines versus the underground alternative?
Rick Drewer,
Gawler East.

Turbines: facts, myths and honest debate

Sir – I am writing in response to Mr Tooley’s “Profit before health” letter to Senator Day (July 15).
Mr Tooley foolishly attempts to compare the electromagnetic waves emitted by electronic devices and sound waves emitted by wind turbines. The emissions of these natural phenomena are completely different, as are the physical laws underpinning the generation and propagation of these different energy forms. Furthermore, the effects they have on the human body are not the same nor can they be compared, once again Mr Tooley has demonstrated his complete lack of knowledge on this subject.
He then glosses over the “mere 100” people who have died due to wind turbines, but spectacularly fails to acknowledge the thousands of birds and bats that die due to wind turbines each year. He then has the gall to accuse the Senator of putting profits before protecting the environment.
Next he claims the Senator is a climate change denier even though no such denial was evident in his opinion piece (July 8). Mr Tooley then accuses the Senator of blindly supporting the fossil fuel industry, in order to protect its business model. Unfortunately, Mr Tooley fails to present any evidence to support this claim.
Once again it appears Mr Tooley’s prime objective is to spread disinformation throughout the community and smear the characters of those who hold differing opinions to his own. His tactics mirror those of the Al Gore led scientifically fraudulent, environmental activist group he claims an association with.
C Buchanan

Scare campaign

SIR – The advertisement regarding school funding (The Bunyip, Wednesday 15 July 2015) is another example of a federal Labor scare campaign.
I am proud to have attended Gawler High School and know full well the importance of adequately funding our schools, while also raising the quality of teachers, curriculum and parental engagement.
That is why the Commonwealth is providing $69.5 billion in school funding over the next four years.
This year’s budget will result in total Commonwealth funding to schools in South Australia increasing by 25 per cent or $280 million over the next four years.  
Unlike what was suggested in the advertisement, there are no plans to reduce government support to schools.
The reform of the Federation White Paper is considering who should be responsible for funding and managing schools, to ensure proper levels of accountability.
Even SA Labor Premier Jay Weatherill has welcomed these discussions about federal-state responsibilities. 
It is a shame Bill Shorten and Nick Champion won’t do likewise.
Senator Simon Birmingham,
Assistant Minister for Education and Training.
Thank you
SIR – A big, big, thank you to the lady who handed in my satchel to the Big W front desk on Tuesday, July 14.
God bless you. Thank you, again.
R. Hatswell,

Act appropriately

SIR – Labor leader Bill Shorten’s attempts in the media to blame the downturn in cattle exports to Indonesia on Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s handling of recent diplomatic issues is simply not founded in fact.
The truth of the matter is that Indonesia’s decision to slash its import quota of cattle is a simple matter of economics; Australia has some of the best export cattle prices in years – which is good for us – and Indonesia is trying to push the price of cattle back down – which would benefit them.
Mr Shorten needs to be reminded of the damage done to this country’s business relationship with Indonesia during the Gillard/Rudd Labor years when he was a senior minister.
At that time, a documentary aired claiming Indonesian abattoirs were cruelly treating cattle exported from Australia and, rather than working with the Indonesian government on the issue, the Labor Government banned live cattle exports which gave Jakarta no choice but to get its cattle supplies elsewhere.
The knee-jerk decision was a disaster for northern Australia and was hardly a diplomatic solution to the problem.
When Labor took the drastic measure to suspend live exports in 2011 it had the support of the Greens and South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon – both of whom introduced bills to the Federal Parliament to phase out live exports all together, a move which could have ended a billion dollar industry, destroyed thousands of small businesses and impacted thousands of working families, if successful.
The former Labor Government’s decision to suspend live exports also saw Indonesia buy a large cattle farm in northern Australia to ensure they would be exporting ‘their own’ cattle.
I would like to encourage Mr Shorten to check his facts, remember his own party’s history and behave as an alternative Prime Minister who wants to represent the whole of Australia – including regional producers – rather than a lower house reactionary taking a cheap shot for sensational political point scoring.
Robert Brokenshire MLC,
Family First Party SA.

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