What others say #auspol

A selection of snippets from letters from people around New South Wales:

“The Premier has delivered the destruction of residential areas, increased pollution, threats to Sydney’s water supply, dead rivers in the outback, confused and apparently useless new train systems, massively expensive toll roads that will tax travel in Sydney forever and the handover of public wealth to private interests. I don’t know if this is an ‘‘all’’ that is worth having. – Jon Marshall, Lilyfield

I’ve heard nothing this campaign about spending $800 million to move the Powerhouse Museum to the flood plain at Parramatta or to whom the existing building site is being sold to and why. – Jon Sloan, North Narooma

In boasting about her government’s achievements, Berejiklian failed to mention taking the bulldozer to TAFE. In eight years the Coalition has destroyed TAFE by sacking 5500 teachers and the axing of 27 colleges – 21 in country areas. When the O’Farrell government took office in 2011, NSW TAFE was the envy of the world for tradie training. But under this government, shonky private providers are the preferred trainers instead of TAFE’s expert teachers to train tradies. I fear this omission of TAFE in her speech means the continuation of the demolition of TAFE under Minister for Skills John Barilaro’s (not so) Smart and Skilled Program. – Tony Morrissey, Chifley

I would be delighted if we ‘‘could have it all’’, Gladys. It seems we can have endless motorways and stadiums, but not … functioning national parks or a TAFE system, any substantial renewable energy investment, a healthy Darling River, trees on Anzac Parade, or a koala population that is not heading towards extinction. Having it all is a very narrow view in this government’s blinkered vision. – Peggy Fisher, Killara

The Premier has delivered the destruction of residential areas, increased pollution, threats to Sydney’s water supply, dead rivers in the outback, confused and apparently useless new train systems, massively expensive toll roads that will tax travel in Sydney forever and the handover of public wealth to private interests. I don’t know if this is an ‘‘all’’ that is worth having. – Jon Marshall, Lilyfield

From Sydney Morning Herald Letters 12 March 2019 >>