Perrottet future fund inflationary, unfair, unworkable

Does Dominic Perrottet think parents and other voters are stupid (Premier’s promises $850m future fund, March 12)? How many will be fooled by his extreme optimism of a 7 per cent return on capital in his promised dedicated savings fund for each child? With the burden of high costs of living expected to continue, how many parents will be able to afford to make the annual co-payment of $400 let alone the $1000 needed to achieve a balance of $49,000 in each child’s account? Will the Commonwealth apply tax on the interest from each account each year or on capital gains when an account is liquidated when the child turns 18? There are about a million children in NSW under 18. A contribution of $400 might in its first four years cost $850 million, but when fully operational, it would cost the state close to half a billion dollars each year. Dominic, your new election bribe needs to be rethought.
Brian O’Donnell, Burradoo

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet at the Liberal Party’s campaign launch on Sunday.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet at the Liberal Party’s campaign launch on Sunday.Dean Sewell

Let me get this right. The NSW government will in due course generously make a regular payment into a savings account in every child’s individual name regardless of the family’s wealth and schooling arrangements. Taxpayers, many of whom do not have children, are in effect subsiding this bizarre policy, which amounts to nothing short of a non-means-tested redistribution of wealth. David Boyd, Bondi Beach

The Coalition’s plan, although well-intentioned, will be an administrative nightmare and will be of little benefit if inflation does not return to 2 or 3 per cent.
Peter Lamrock, Berowra

Every LNP proposal to fix the housing crisis is based on strategies that increase demand and subsidise middle-class voters. The latest offering of paying parents to save for their kids’ first home is no different. It means price hikes created by the extra injection of purchasing power will benefit developers and investors. These people are the real beneficiaries and taxpayers’ money will make them richer. The ideological reluctance of the LNP to involve itself on the supply of housing shows it cares less about the poor and homeless and more about its rich constituency.
Peter Hull, Hat Head

Once again, a scheme that will advantage those who can already afford to make such payments. Those battling to put food on the table and pay rent have no “spare” money. Another example of “middle-class welfare” while we ignore the pleas of the unemployed and single-parent families for real assistance. Why do we judge some people as less deserving than others? What ever happened to the land of the fair go?
Jan Kent, Farmborough Heights



How generous of our “dedicated and loving father” premier to deliver hope to our children through his future fund. The initial payment of $400 would accumulate with future taxpayer contributions matched to parental deposits into the fund. No problem for those on the kind of salaries that the premier and his wife earn, perhaps. But what about those in the precariat, those who daily make decisions about whether they can feed their children or pay the rent; those who cannot find the cost of school uniforms, books or excursions; those families who are locked out of home-ownership because homes became investment properties?
Wendy Michaels, Northbridge

Glencore v heritage

Glencore plans to go ahead with relocating historic Ravensworth and desecrating a frontier war massacre site to expand its coal mine in the Hunter Valley (Coal giant’s plan for Indigenous site, March 13). This is another example of a fossil fuel company trampling over the Independent Planning Commission’s decision to not approve the project just because it doesn’t like the decision. Worse still it scorns First Nations people’s heritage and the wishes of locals that the site be left as is. If Glencore goes ahead, it will be our Juukan Gorge. There is no sense having an independent arbitrator if companies can ignore decisions they don’t like and proceed with impunity. The upcoming state election is an opportunity for the two major parties to stand up to this corporate bully and put a stop to its wilful abuse.
Meg Pickup, Ballina

The Ravensworth homestead in the Hunter Valley.

The Ravensworth homestead in the Hunter Valley.Janie Barrett

Despite our heritage experts’ views, Glencore, a Swiss coal mining company, is planning to fight the Independent Planning Commission’s refusal to approve its plans to extend its Glendell open-cut mine. Last year the published an article claiming that on $15 billion income over three years, Glencore’s Australian branch paid next to no tax. In the UK, Glencore was fined $489 million for paying bribes of $44.5 million in five African countries. It is clear that this company is not a good corporate citizen and should not even be allowed to operate in this country, let alone desecrate one of the few heritage sites we have left.
Peter Nash, Fairlight

Commissioner praised

Commissioner Catherine Holmes kept a clear head as she pondered the evasion, forgetfulness and, at times, displays of reluctance bordering on dismissiveness, that those before her served up when discussing their roles and responsibilities in the robo-debt debacle (“Robo-debt probe needs measure of accountability “, March 13). Her penetrating observations reminded us of how a royal commission acts on our behalf, after a federal government has failed to do so. Thank you, Commissioner.
Sue Dyer, Downer

With the hearings of the Robo-debt inquiry now complete thousands of Australians will be eagerly awaiting the findings of Commissioner Catherine Holmes in late June. But we know enough already to realise that this program was deeply flawed from the outset, illegally applied and caused extreme angst and misery to many powerless and vulnerable people The real question now is who and how many will be held accountable and will the politicians who ‘masterminded’ the scheme, aided by a compliant and subservient senior public service, show any remorse or contrition to those deeply affected … probably not, comfort in ideology will get them through the day. Grahame Riethmuller, Redbank.

Some common sense over war with China

David Livingstone introduces some sanity and cogently argues that a war over the potential reunification of Taiwan with mainland China is in nobody’s best interests let alone the Chinese (“We won’t be at war with China in three years, if ever”, March 11). What we have not heard from others, like the Red Alert alarmists, is that China can afford to bide its time and that not all Taiwanese see conflict with the PRC as inevitable. Unlike Peter Hartcher, Livingstone does not appear to believe that two major powers cannot co-exist exercising their respective influence in Asia and further afield, and he seems to refuse to buy into the view that the US must remain pre-eminent. Additionally, Livingstone debunks arguments about ensuring Australia’s security pointing to the “failed and misguided wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam” where we participated led by the nose using the same flawed assumptions. Hartcher claims that China is seeking to be dominant and that we need to be fearful of China’s plans. Not mentioned but clearly a relevant factor are any plans associated with long-standing US military bases that encircle China.
Ross A. Butler, Rodd Point

Illustration: Cathy Wilcox

Illustration: Cathy WilcoxFairfax

What folly we are about to embark on by trying to build our own nuclear subs. Buy all that we can from the US and sleep assured that no matter what they cost it will still be a fraction of what we will flush out the tube over the next 30 years because of overruns, missed deadlines, mismanagement, industrial blackmail, corruption and political incompetence if we try to make them here. Nuclear subs are touted as the most technologically advanced, complex and sophisticated machines on earth. Yet Australia, after sixty years of trying to make something as simple as a car and then abandoning the industry for the above reasons, now has itself fooled into thinking we can turn our hand to nuclear subs. There are now 45 other countries who make more cars than us. The NSW government recently built a 10 kilometre light rail line running along the ground to Randwick (not even a tunnel for this one). That’s just two steel tracks on a concrete bed and still went a billion dollars plus over budget.
Graeme Smith, Daceyville

These submarines. Surely by the time they are launched there will be technology to detect them and blast them out of the water as they lie in the dock! And if we get five interim ones, how will they spread themselves around our enormous girth to give protection? Shouldn’t someone be having the teeniest misgivings?
Barry Lamb, Heidelberg West, Vic

Misleading NAPLAN

There is something amiss with the four bands for the new NAPLAN (“What this year’s NAPLAN changes mean for students and parents”, March 13). On the sample chart provided by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, just over half of students (around 54%) would be in the “Strong” band. This seems unlikely in reality. Though well-intentioned it is wishful thinking and possibly somewhat misleading to show that so many students will have the ability to cope with more arduous reading tasks which are beyond the norm. Whatever the outcome, most parents will not realise that statistically half the school population will still be below the average.
James A Athanasou, Maroubra

Insidious influence

Gaming machine manufacturers, Clubs NSW and the Australian Hotels Association have had an insidious influence on public policy (“The junket jackpot: Club bosses sore Vegas trips from Pokie makers”, March 13) in NSW for far too long. That club managers’ “educational tours” to Las Vegas are legal shows that regulatory capture has well and truly taken hold. It is outrageous that the industry was successful in removing Victor Dominello, who attempted real reforms to gambling policy. It also reflects poorly on the Berejiklian government that bowed to a very wealthy powerful industry.

Tony Simons, Balmain

Folbigg justice

Nothing – nothing – would make the actions of the Northern Territory justice system pale into insignificance over the Chamberlain case (“Folbigg case would make Chamberlain case pale into insignificance”, March 13). Northern Territory actions will go down in history as the worst of Australian law and justice – ever. That is unless you take into account the British and then Australian treatment of indigenous people over the centuries, and even up to today. Folbigg needs justice to be done, and to be seen to be done. Let’s get Australia up and out of the parochial small-town mindset that trashy social media thrives on. June Love, East Gresford

Sean Kelly highlights the origins of our Stop the Boats asylum policy (“Stop the gloats: The exports that should shame Australia”, March 13) and the harm it has inflicted on people asking for our help. There are still people being held in off-shore detention with seemingly no end to their plight given the funding increase in the federal budget to keep them there. We have in place strong border protection policies so why must this small group of people continue to be detained in such a harmful and expensive environment? Vicky Marquis, Glebe

We have laughed as we skinny-dipped in many places (“Nudes bare all for skin cancer”, March 13.).The most memorable was in outback Australia. It was cut short when a Ranger came through the bushes and called out that crocodile slides had been seen just up the creek. Our clothes were left behind as we ran from the water.

Bea Hodgson, Gerringong

Saltwater Crocodile on river bank in North Queensland

Saltwater Crocodile on river bank in North QueenslandQueensland Department of Environment and Science

Supreme leader

The current Premier obviously didn’t get W.C. Fields’ advice about never working with children or animals (“Premier’s last-ditch kids pitch”, March 13th). Some of the 30-plus kids shown seated behind him on the television news clips, understandably looked like they would rather have been somewhere else. Deb McPherson, Gerringong

Premier Perrottet has obviously been studying the Kim Jong-Un textbook on how to stage a major public appearance. Using a row of young children in the background, all applauding enthusiastically on cue at major points in his campaign launch speech, was almost as shameless as a mass adoration display in a North Korean stadium.
Phil Rodwell, Redfern

Bad taste

I find a restaurateur charging $685 a head for “tweezered” sunflower stamens and caviar (“From Plate to Plate”, March 11) quite obscene considering there are many hungry, homeless people in Sydney alone. Gillian Branagan, Willoughby

Stuck in reverse

Many years ago, on a trip to Las Vegas, I was bemused at the variety of enormous vehicles there, not only of the stretch variety but also four-wheel drives. Seems this madness has finally reached our shores (“Car of the year a redneck dinosaur”, March 13). Dorothy Gliksman, Cedar Brush Creek

The digital view

Online comment from one of the stories that attracted the most reader feedback yesterday on

Premier promises major future fund for children at Liberal launch

From Appsee: ”So my taxes are going to help middle-class and wealthy families who can actually afford to put money aside. Excellent!!”

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