Consumerism gone mad! Whatever happened to the traditional advice to save for a deposit on a house, or for a rainy day, or for retirement? Thrift used to be a virtue. Buying even more mostly imported “stuff” that we don’t need will hurt balance of payments and household debt, not to mention increasing carbon and pollution. Perhaps government should focus on these criteria instead of solely GDP growth and their GST revenue.
I’m sorry, Mr Skrzynecki, but not awarding points won’t help. The media will easily maintain a league table. If you want them to “play for the love of the game” the answer is not to pay them. The word “amateur” derives from the Latin verb “to love”, after all.
If they’re kept busy doing real jobs Monday to Friday, they won’t have the time or energy to behave badly.
The over-professionalisation of sport in general, as a vehicle for tobacco, then booze, now gambling, has been one of the saddest trends in my lifetime.
Of course the planning approval system is not independent.
The Northern Beaches Hospital is a classic example. NSW Planning allowed the project to be split into four main stages so that by the time the overall impact was seen it was too late. NSW Planning also allowed NSW Health’s false claims for the choice of location to go unchallenged. NSW Planning’s final summary, in approving the project, that there would not be “any long-term adverse or irreversible effects” is simply laughable.
And the multitude of consultants used to provide a veneer of objectivity all know that there won’t be any future work for them if they don’t produce the “right” answer.
One part of government is not going to stop another part of government doing what it wants. They’re all playing for the same team, after all.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.