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Bats out of hell
We constantly hear business
complaining about red tape and
bureaucracy. Doesn t the experience
of this insulation rebate scheme
show that without a rigorous
bureaucracy, the community is
defenceless against our "wonder-
ful" business entrepreneurs, the
"backbone of the nation"?
Yet in spite of that "wonderful"
effort by the business sector,
Australia has still managed to keep
itself out of economic depression.
Just think what Australia could
have achieved if business was
focused on doing good work for
the community rather than on the
Building trade at fault
Although PM Rudd and his
ministers no doubt share some
responsibility, the main fallout from
the insulation and school buildings
scandals must be accepted by the
The insulation and construction
industries contain an alarmingly
high proportion of operators who
are prepared to rip their customers
off by using shonky practices.
If I was involved with the
management of either of those
trades I would instigate an urgent
clean-up and salvage operation to
eliminate these criminals from
the industry and recover from
the loss in credibility they have
assume any member of these and
associated trades who approaches
me is a criminal, until proven
The rain in plain
Kennedy was right when he said
that "there are risks and costs to a
program of action. But they are far
less than the long-range risks and
costs of comfortable inaction".
The world population is sched-
uled to be eight billion in only 15
years, all having to survive on the
same rainfall as today.
Already 4000 children are dying
each day from drinking bad water.
Four desal plants are already
being built in Australia and many
around the Med. Hardly a country is
not considering it -- even drenched
To build a world industry to make
those 4400 tonnes of water a day
will take time, power and money. We
only have 15 years -- and few have
the money to power these units.
There is plenty of power in the
wind and the water currents.
The CSIRO and Bureau of
Meteorology in their "State of the
Climate show sea levels around
Australia rising steadily since
Powering the desal plants needed
to make this water by conventional
means will only accelerate sea level
A global water shortage is
forecast in 25 years. Sea water desal
is needed now around the planet,
powered by renewables.
Comfortable inaction is incon-
ceivable. Sir Charles Madden
A different take
I love your newspaper and thor-
oughly enjoy receiving Indaily.
However, I have a small
complaint. Could you please refrain
from saying "different to..." (e.g.
"These homes are different to the
It is grammatically incorrect
and physically impossible. If it s
different, then it is apart - not
together - thus the correct phrase is
"different from..." Peter Coombs
... and some flak
In the Indaily PM May 10 edition
you began with a para about Gen
Y. This included two mistakes in
the one sentence ... "Generation Y
has always copped its fair share of
flack, but there s one thing the 15 to
24-year-old demographic has over
its older counterparts -- creative
Flak is an abbreviation from
the German Flugzeug Abwehr
Kannonen = Antiaircraft guns (Yes,
I was in London during the Blitz)
There is no "c".
I was really burned up by the idea
of creative flare; could this be flair?
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith s
decision to permit uranium sales to
Russia in the absence of any mean-
ingful safeguards arrangements is
spineless and irresponsible.
He had an excellent opportunity
to restore some integrity and
transparency to safeguards
arrangements but chose instead to
set a new low with his announce-
ment in Moscow last Thursday.
In 2008, the federal parliament s
Joint Standing Committee on
Treaties assessed and rejected the
Howard-Putin uranium agreement
signed the previous year. The trea-
ties committee rejected the claim of
the so-called Australian Safeguards
and Non-proliferation Office that
"strict" safeguards conditions
would "ensure" that uranium
remains in peaceful use in Russia.
There hasn t been a single
International Atomic Energy
Agency safeguards inspection of
any nuclear facility in Russia since
2001 and there is no requirement in
the Howard-Putin agreement for
any safeguards inspections occur
But instead of revisiting the
Howard-Putin agreement and
ensuring meaningful safeguards
are applied, Mr Smith prefers tired
He asserts that the Howard-Putin
agreement "would ensure that any
uranium supplied could only be
used for peaceful purposes".
It does no such thing -- the
agreement does not require any
safeguards inspections whatsoever.
Dr Jim Green
PM Rudd s mining tax means we
will sell less of our mineral wealth
at rock-bottom prices in the next
few years. Perhaps there ll still be
some left for the next generation to
sell at much higher prices. Is that a
bad thing? It s a pity that he didn t
include a tax on coal for the sake of
greenhouse emisions; but then coal
seems to be a sacred cow to the two
Discussions following the
announcement of a mining sector
super tax have indicated an
increase of about 25 per cent for
power supplies, which would obvi-
ously have a flow-on effect to every
other facet of economic activity.
In the wake of the failure of Rudd
and Wong to introduce an emissions
trading scheme, one could be
forgiven for having suspicions that
this proposed tax is nothing more
than an ETS tax grab by stealth.
One has to admire Rudd s
determination, if nothing else.
Don t jump to it
What utter cruelty jumps racing
is to this beautiful and intelligent
animal. Jumps racing must become
a thing of the past and punters must
find another way to satisfy their
There should be no place for this
kind of cruelty in our society.
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