Letters to the editor

November 16, 2017

Nations aren’t united

MEMBER states of the United Nations are not really united, they are divided into several blocs pursuing different interests. They have very little of power to stop any hostile activities, unless backed up by the superpowers.

Not being able to restore law and order in the rogue countries (where the refugees are coming from), they are applying moral pressure on the civilised ones to take in more of the refugees.

It is much easier to exercise authority over nations that are caring, than over the ones that couldn’t care less. Such a resigned approach appeals to some nations and is helping UN officials to stay in office. But it is not a proper, lasting solution to the refugee problems.

Racism, nationalism, socialism and nepotism — to different extents — are present in all countries.

On certain occasions they can get out of control and cause fighting.

When the United Nations was formed, we foolishly believed that it would be the end of all the wars.

Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth

Tax mistakes should be avoided

TO THOSE who watched the ABC’s The Drum on November 6. Four knowledgeable people discussed our taxation problems. One spoke of a person “convicted of tax avoidance”. His remark was not questioned. Fact: Tax avoidance is legal. A person cannot be convicted for tax avoidance. Hence Kerry Packer’s remark, “If anybody in this country doesn’t minimise their tax they want their heads read.” He was speaking of tax avoidance.

Tax evasion is illegal. In the print media the same mistake occurs repeatedly. For consecutive months people are accused of/charged with/sent to prison for “tax avoidance”. Is this important? With the current mess we call our taxation system we might as well try to get the definitions right.

Gerald Bleasdale, Kyabram

Abortion is violence too

THE White Ribbon Australia campaign is protesting family violence but has an extreme pro-abortion stance. Taking the life of a family member is the ultimate domestic violence!

Laurie Wintle, Kyabram

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