MR Trump (person of the year), Ms Hanson (almost ditto), and Brexit (sick of system) are all a byproduct of a political wilderness, unfulfilled or just plain broken promises, lost dreams and aspirations.
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Luckily, Ballarat has good members.
The great potential of this once prosperous, lucky, blessed nation has been beyond the grasp of may leaders past, many gone away with generous pensions for life, before aged 67.
We cannot punish these bungling, dithering, money wasters.
But we can punish the system that made them, as their ilk originally made the system flawed and us disenchanted.
The informal and swinging voters are diligently seeking an alternative, and along it comes, radical with shock treatment.
A small wake up call that all is not 100 per cent well, not even 90 per cent.
Political correctness now has a new dimension, maybe an over-correction to the very much under-correction thrust upon us for decades.
Commoners are a victim of the system; it can be a victim of them.
It appears that many past corrective measures have actually made the situation much worse.
The ones that did not see these new entrants coming, or did not want to see them, were the ones doing okay under the old system; a diminishing species.
No matter who you vote in, you will get a politician.
Politics is too serious a subject to be controlled by politicians.
Money is also; as is our future lives.
The people living below the poverty line outnumber the wealthy nowadays.
- Colin Holmes
IT is no surprise that CFA volunteers feel left in the lurch this summer.
With the enforcement of fire restrictions starting on December 12, there is still no Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) in place to ensure volunteers will be fairly treated and represented.
So much has been said this year about the controversial EBA.
But Victoria's 60,000 volunteer firefighters just want to see the CFA sign a deal that doesn't stop them from supporting their regional communities, just as they have for more than 100 years.
With the United Firefighters Union (UFU) now delaying the vote until possibly next year for fear of it being rejected, there is an uncertainty over the role of volunteers, their relationship with members of the UFU and their future with the CFA over the coming months and years.
Regional communities need to know who will be protecting the protectors this fire season.
Many expect it to be one of the worst seasons on record, due to the high grass growth resulting from good spring rains, so we must be prepared accordingly.
Given there has been no resolution with the EBA, and the government has not been able to meet preventative burning targets, the Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino needs to consider and explain the impact this unresolved dispute will have on CFA volunteers this summer.
- Simon Ramsay MP, Opposition parliamentary secretary for rural and regional transport
WITH widespread rains and dams at high capacity, it is a good thing Dan thought to order water from the Wonthaggi white elephant.
A mere $27 million is value for money for water we don't need.
- Bill Dobell, Sebastopol
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