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October 12, 2017

It’s not all Labor’s fault

I WRITE in response to Peter Walsh’s Op Ed and letter to the editor in these pages on 04/10/17. Whilst I can’t fault his arguments relating to Labor’s failures when it comes to power prices and energy policy, it’s important that we don’t forget the following points:

If the Kennett Coalition government hadn’t privatised the electricity production and distribution systems, governments would have more control over costs and prices.

A lack of clear policy direction from Mr Walsh’s federal colleagues hasn’t helped matters.

Also, let’s not forget that his own government also presided over a number of electricity price rises not too long ago.

I’m pleased to read that — should the Coalition form government next year — they have a few ideas on how to reduce prices for the good of consumers and the economy and look forward to the release of more detail as we approach the election.

Andrew Bock, Shepparton

We’ll put country areas first

VICTORIA’S country communities are at the heart of the Liberal Nationals’ plan to decentralise population growth in our state.

The nonsense claim from Labor MPs that the regional development portfolio has been cut is nothing more than hysterical scaremongering.

The Andrews Labor Government is desperate to divert attention from the fact it has failed to plan for the future population of our state.

Unlike Labor, the Liberal Nationals have been consulting with country communities, stakeholders and local government across Victoria to develop a population plan to grow our whole state – not just Melbourne.

Decentralising our population by creating good jobs that will support more small business opportunities in our regional centres is central to the Liberal Nationals’ plan for regional development.

Our plan will also include building the roads and transport infrastructure to better connect our cities and towns as well as providing better schools and local health care.

Peter Walsh, Leader of The Nationals

Shadow Minister for Decentralisation

Try to keep an open mind

THERE are three basic kinds of discussion.

One is when people are young and have open minds. By talking things over, they are forming opinions that may stay with them for the rest of their lives.

The second one is when people have grown up and still want to broaden their knowledge. They are engaging in debates with people, who have similar interests. Such discussions are less common, but can be very fruitful.

The third one is when people have grown up and their minds have become fully formed. They tend to believe that they know best. Rather then changing their personal views, they are trying to force them on other people. Some of them delight in making thunderous, damning speeches, accentuated with theatrical gestures. Discussions of this kind can degrade into nasty arguments with insults, abuse or threats of physical violence.

Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth

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