It is incomprehensible to me how anyone could prefer Tony Abbott slashing the Schoolkids Bonus for families in favour of scrapping the minerals resource rent tax on wealthy companies. As a former high-school principal and teacher for over 36 years, I know how invaluable the allowance of $410 for each primary-school child and $820 for high-school students is to families. In addition, the Schoolkids Bonus provides a great boost to the local economy.
Barbara Whitcher, Stockton
Brilliant move by the PM to name the election date so far out. Almost stateswoman-like. Every day from now until the election, the PM can call on Tony Abbott to come out with his policies, which he certainly won’t do because (a) he currently probably doesn’t have any ready, and (b) if he does so now, the government can change their policy to match or better the Coalition’s. But PM, please don’t insult our intelligence by suggesting that you named the date so far out for altruistic reasons. You called it purely for political gain. Just be happy to have a win.
Mike Sargent, Raymond Terrace
After the fight, Tony Mundine showed what a sportsman he is by leaving the ring without shaking the hand of the deserved victor. Hopefully this will be the last we see of him.
David Reynolds, Lakelands
Why are so many remakes of successful films being made when people who saw the originals are still alive and able to make comparisons? Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby comes to mind. Here in Australia we have our own Gatsby, the late Gordon Barton, whose real-life story is much more interesting than an American character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s creation.
June Porter, Warners Bay
What part of ‘‘pick up your own dog’s poo’’ do some dog owners not understand? Are they just lazy, or are they the same people who park in disability parking zones without a disability sticker on their car and still talk and text on mobile phones while driving? Heavy fines should apply to these offenders, who obviously do not respect the rights of others.
Denise Trummel, Mayfield
I remember the ‘‘good old days’’ when most people were gainfully employed. One could safely ask of someone whom you met what they did for a living. Of course this was before businesses were forced offshore and a time when people were considered. I doubt whether these halcyon days will return. At least I have the memories.
Daphne Hughes, Kahibah
Congratulations to all those young people who have resisted the trend for tattoos. Your unblemished bodies are much more beautiful now and you will be more attractive as you age.
Janet Stephenson, Wallsend
Negotiation breakdown with Jobe Wheelhouse not a good advertisement 2 parents considering signing little Johnny in the emerging Jets program. A pathway 4 local juniors 2 become Jets has suffered a few potholes.
Rocco De Grandis, Cameron Park