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When last addressing the above issue I have been glued to ABC RN which has continued this ongoing debate.

It gets worse. Regulations governing diesel vehicles as consumer products in Australia places us globally, at the bottom of the list.

Indeed, an American commentator stated that this lack of regulation in Australia is an attraction factor for US car dealers who will be offloading their products in Australia in the near future. (We are an easy touch it would seem).

The US is in the processes of diligently addressing the issue of diesel products and the risk to health they pose. This is affecting large diesel industries in the US.

It is acknowledged that this debate places many people in the ‘either/or’ dichotomy. Better to settle for one small poison when the congested roads are a greater poison.

This is understandable. However, if we wish to address climate change, health issues, lack of regulations we are also entitled to transcend these arguments and introduce the idea of alternative technologies.

Raise the bar, so to speak. We have to collectively start from somewhere in direct time.

If we stay locked in the either/or dichotomy we dilute our democratic power as collective voices seeking alternative technologies and greater vision for all living species on the planet.

Enfolded within the above issues is the diluting principle  of democratic rights.

In the greater sociological debates we are faced with the  climate change denialists; these large organisations  fund their scientific communities to create discourses that support only  the ‘market’, despite the obvious climate devastations we witness.

Not only do we loose our democratic power but we fall prey to redundant logic and thus aid the scientific denialists (read Clive Hamilton’s book Earthmasters).

Sorry, despite the stockpile or Roundup in the US, and despite their new marketing techniques, I won’t be drinking Roundup.

Nor should we be fearful of investigating alternative technologies and exercising our democratic rights.

We  are all entitled to our opinions,  but the world is rapidly changing too.

Jo Faith, Newtown

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  1. Our dirty diesel and lax regulation has been common knowledge for many years. There’s no argument that we should be changing to greener alternative energy technologies-especially in Australia where we have an abundance of sun and wind power.

    Many would argue about the validity of our democracy when policies on transport, or anything else, are driven by vested interests.

    The last thing the road transport industry wants ( that includes oil companies, and corporations that make billions in profit from taxpayers funds building highways and toll roads) is for everyone to have access to public transport. These organisations donate millions to both major political parties.

    That’s what governs our transport policy and dictates whether we get sustainable public transport or bigger and better roads for vehicles fuelled by diesel.

    Any transport that reduces traffic congestion and emissions, no matter how small, is on the right track and a win for the community. The Byron train will also demonstrate to the state government that our community wants, and needs, a train service on the Casino to Murwillumbah line and the 24ks of line built to connect it to the Gold Coast line.

    It’s preposterous that the second most visited region in NSW, after Sydney, does not have a train service and is not connected by rail to our closest city and airports.


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