Who else is confused?
I wonder how many are, like me, completely confused by the Federal Government's Energy and Emissions policy, its impact on the country's economy and the health of its people?
One thing is for sure and that is the States and Territories, irrespective of political party, are paying no attention to those two policies as the state or territory with the cheapest electricity will get the best economic outcomes. Hence there is a race as to who can get to 100 per cent renewable energy first. At the same time we have a similar race by corporate entities including both international and local ones, because it is cheaper and due to shareholder and customer pressure.
Whilst the ACT was the first to 100 per cent RE, SA is not far behind and has the cheapest electricity in Australia and indeed another of its gas-fired power stations is being mothballed as it was no longer economic to run. That sort of suggests that the use of yet more gas will not bring down prices.
As with the Renewable Energy, so with EVs, there is now a scramble for states and territories to offer the most incentives to bring down the price of EVs and the country's dependence on imported (fossil fuel). Reducing pollution will deliver significant health benefits and bring down associated costs.
Even if you do not believe that the rapidly changing climate is not human induced, it makes sense to act to protect our economy and rapidly falling international reputation.
Bob Philipson, Goulburn
Windfall land taxes
We all like to whinge about tax changes, but tax should be related to income and asset values. If land value is inflated by the stroke of a pen, there is nothing wrong with a tax, rather than all the windfall going to private pockets. We all know States have trouble funding services: poor land tax policies are part of that problem.
George Brenan, Goulburn
Safety of former St John's orphanage
As a close neighbour of this property my husband and I have been concerned for safety reasons every time there is fire at the building, and just recently, the fire at the small dwelling. The closeness of the actual fire, the thick smoke which always seems to blow in our direction, and the falling embers that have rained down on us from overhead has made us anxious and fearful of when the next fire might happen. The grass surrounding the small dwelling caught on fire which was so very close to our fence line and a couple of our neighbours.
I hope that the council can resolve the situation once and for all about the fate of this property which has been left to wrack and ruin for too long.
I agree with the comments expressed in the newspaper article and agree that it's time for something good and positive to come from this situation.
It's a shame that this historic place will probably have to be demolished but hopefully its history will be preserved and available for all to read within the story of Goulburn.