This one bears repeating
It was obvious last Tuesday that our local member was going to be asked quite a few curly questions in parliament about endangered and protected native grasses being sprayed with roundup.
So I counted out 100 M&Ms and then settled down to watch Question Time. Angus answered the questions with a "nothing to see here" and retorted, we in the Liberal Party support farmers, unlike the Labor Party who don't. Every time he said 'Mister Speaker' I ate one M&M.
At the end of Question Time I had 34 M&Ms left. That's 66 'Mister Speakers' from Angus. I know that MPs are required to address the chair when answering questions and they all also use the "Mr Speaker" as an excuse to regather their thoughts in the pressure of reply to the questions asked by a tricky opposition.
But Angus - you've gone over the top.
You're becoming more annoying than a dripping tap. I'm switching to Smarties next time you answer.
Don Fischer, Goulburn
What's happened to old fashioned politeness?
This happened in Goulburn on Monday but it's not isolated to Goulburn.
At the intersection of Auburn and Goldsmith Streets a 4-wheel drive had broken down at the lights, blocking people going ahead and turning right into Goldsmith Street.
A lady in a four-door sedan was coming in the outside lane and pulled level with the broken down 4WD only to break down, thus blocking the other lane so on one could go ahead or turn left into Goldsmith Street.
No one could move anywhere and yet the only help she could get to keep the traffic moving was from a gentleman most likely over 70 years old and only about five foot high, and me - over 60 and under five foot.
As we tried to push her car though the intersection and into Goldsmith Street, people on all sides just watched. When it came to the uphill grade into Goldsmith Street the gentleman and I had to stop as it was looking beyond us.
I looked directly at a fellow in high vis and in a ute stopped at red lights but he just continued to watch.
Accepting no one else was coming to our aid, I bent lower and put the shoulder in and was about to give an almighty push and a car dashed across the intersection with millimetres to spare from hitting the gentleman and I trying to clear the way for safe travel.
Really, is it back to 'he holds the lantern while his mum chops the wood?' Are we so busy we can't wait or even help out our fellow travellers?
June Furbank- Savill, Goulburn
Put an end to live exports
At last action has been taken, with Emanuel Exports and two of its directors charged with animal cruelty.
This follows the release of video footage of over 2,400 sheep dying of heat stress on a live export ship headed to the Middle East two years ago. Under Western Australian law, transporting an animal in a way that causes unnecessary harm carries a maximum penalty of $50,000 or five years' imprisonment.
In the video, sheep were shown crammed into dirty pens, panting from heat stress and leaping over each other to access food. According to Vets Against Live Export, such conditions are found every time these ships of death head north, and have been repeatedly reported by whistleblowers.
The live export industry's response was to look for someone to blame. Wild accusations were hurled that the footage had been fabricated or ship workers paid to create vision of suffering sheep. The Federal Department of Agriculture launched and investigation which found there was no basis for these dishonest allegations.
The excuses have run out. It is well past time for us to put this shameful industry into the dustbin of history where it belongs.
Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia
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