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Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek

I feel sad for the ABC. The huge loss of funding means sucking up to the Liberal Party so they won’t cut more.

It was disappointing when Q&A came to Lismore. The day before I was looking at my bright-green garden, thinking gee that spot of rain greened it nicely. My grandson came back from Tamworth saying people’s front lawns were bare dirt and dust.

Sure we could’ve had one question on it but drought questions went for most of the program. Questions were knocked back from stop deforestation groups, save our koalas, save our railway tracks, support nurses, save our penalty rates, the Knitting Nannas and climate-change groups, which was of course the biggest issue.

We got one question in from our hero, Meg Nielsen, a Bentley farmer, about climate change and our Agriculture minister said he didn’t give a rat’s arse. The frightening thing is that he really doesn’t. It’s like some groupthink where they all support each other in believing that climate change isn’t true.

I remember reading in a psychology textbook that it was groupthink supporting John F Kennedy when he nearly pushed the red button over Cuba and started a nuclear war.

The devastation of a nuclear war is immense but the end result of climate change could be too and we can’t let these Liberals and Nationals ignore this any longer. We have to vote them out. Can’t watch Q&A anymore either, it’s just too sad.

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  1. That is a great letter Beth. You got this right: “The huge loss of funding means sucking up to the Liberal Party so they won’t cut more.”
    i suggest you send it to Q and A as well as Friends of the ABC.

  2. I cannot let pass Beth Shelleys attempt to suggest that saving our railway tracks would somehow be of benifit to the environment. The association of trains and susyainable transport comes from Northern Europe where high densities meant rail could shift people more efficiently than air or road transport, using environmentally less harmful nuclear enery and sustainable power. Buses now available powered by sustainable electric power have made road transport as environmentally sound as rail

    In Australia with low public transport patronage, inneficient ageing diesel trains, and the a roaf system thatbetter services the needs ofthose dependent on public transport, a shift of spending to rail would reduce services, increase car use and increase greenjouse emmissions.
    Our environment is too important to be damaged by innapropriate tranpsort technologies and what is sad is that some people are still proposing such harmful “solutions”.

  3. Bev is quite right to be dissapointed by the lack of concern by some LNP members on environmental issues, and her ex[ression of concerns about climate change is commendable. I cannot let go her suggestion that a question from “save our railway tracks” would have anything to do with environmental cocnerns. The availability of buses and other road vehicles powered by sustainable electricty that can provide much better targetted and timetabled transport than the legacy rail could make rail in a region like ours even less relevant than it was when the rail was suspended in 2004. Our environment is too important to have people proposing investments in expensive inneffective transport like rail in our region.


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