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Just been involved recently with the great service our health employees are doing to keep us safe and alive. 

I must say, all the staff are so friendly and caring for each of their patients. I didn’t meet one greedy or selfish person in the hospital. So, I wonder why we, as the community, haven’t stepped up and supported their efforts/strikes for better work conditions and a well-deserved pay rise? 

Haven’t we been saved mainly by their outstanding efforts through the years of covid? Are we still believing our politicians that everything is okay? Why are we – sorry, our politicians – still giving $22,000 per minute (Australia Institute) to the fossil fuel industry day and night? They are multinational companies who hardly pay any tax here. Imagine how this money could help to fix so many really important issues for our communities. 

Why do people block roads or light an emergency flare? They are trying to raise awareness that our government is not putting our money into protecting our communities! It seems criminal not investing in firefighting equipment to be ready for the next fire season, especially after the huge regrowth from all that rain. 

It’s three years since the fires, ten months since the biggest flood recorded here, and too many people are still not properly housed and feeling safe, are still not clear about their future. It’s just not good enough. Let’s hope 2023 will see more people finding out the truth.

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock

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  1. You do make some good points. We have many excellent people working in public health, as is well demonstrated by our successful response to the pandemic .
    I do question the relevance, indeed validity of the reference to the Australia Institute’s alleged subsidies of fossil fuels. For the greater part that’s simply the rebate of fuel excise to primary producers who use deisel on their own land, and not public roads.. While excise is not directly hypothecated to road spending, It remains the main user pays road use fee, so there is a good argument that It should be rebated it to those not using public roads. Having said that there is a stronger argument that all fossil fuel use in Australia should be subject to a carbon tax, and we certainly could use the revenue.
    And none of that should detract from your point that in 2023 people impacted by fires and floods should not be still left homeless and vulnerable. As you say it’s just not good enough.

  2. Peter, “I do question the relevance, indeed validity of the reference to the Australia Institute’s alleged subsidies of fossil fuels.”, no need to question at all, it has been settled long ago by the OECD.
    The only ones that keep championing that fuel excise rebates aren’t a subsidy are the supporters of fossil fuel industry, it is flogging a dead horse.
    The OECD, whom Australia is a member country of, called it long ago on fossil fuel industry subsidies and the OECD measures the subsidies in its ‘OECD Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels’ reports.

    Case closed.

  3. The fuel rebate scheme is available to every business in Australia that uses desiel off road. Been in operation for 50+ years. Only now do ignorant fools want to class it a subsidy to the fossil fuel industry. Do your homework and stop being led by lefty nonsense.


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