Farmers cannot rest easy
(Re: The Advertiser, May 6 Iron Will)
No, Cameron England, we can’t forgive Andrew Stocks for having had a few sleepless nights during the past nine years. Oh dear, poor boy!
Hardworking farming families here at Warramboo have had more than a few poor sleeps. Try years of sleeplessness and distress. We have been devastated by the government granting these mining lease and development approvals.
Andrew has an occasional “Oh sh...” moment. Lucky boy! It would be nice if he would show some compassion and respect for our community. “Oh sh...” doesn’t come close to the expletives we have thought, yelled and cried as we live through this nightmare.
We are putting in our all, we are not going to run away and we will not resign ourselves.
Cameron, please tell Andrew that he’s dreaming if he believes he has overwhelming support from us the local landowners.
Iron Road has only a 25-year project. That is not long-life. Warramboo celebrates its 100th year this July. Our farming families are fourth and fifth generation, working and caring for this productive land, ensuring its sustainability for future generations.
Nigh-night Andrew, sweet dreams, and don’t let the bed bugs bite. Meanwhile our nightmare continues…
Justice for victims
The complete absurdity and abject weakness of Australia's justice system is on regular display.
Victims' of crime, their families and friends, who should feel that justice has been served, are left in total bewilderment at the sentences' imposed by judges in cases before them.
In recent days there have been television programs and newspaper articles, which leave people with a modicum of common sense, shaking their head in anger, disbelief and frustration.
In the case of Jill Meagher, the man convicted of her rape and murder in 2012 should have been in jail when he committed the crime.
In 2001, Adrian Bayley was arrested and charged with 16 counts of rape against five women. Offences that led to a sentence of only 11 years in prison with an eight-year non-parole period.
Coroner, Judge Gray found Bayley should have been returned to prison months earlier when he was on parole and was involved in an assault in Geelong that saw him convicted of recklessly causing serious injury.
The killer of slain northern suburbs man Daniel Hind, whose body was dumped in a wheelie bin, could be released in just over four years. Negotiations with prosecutors saw him charged with the lesser charge of manslaughter rather than murder. Unbelievable - there was no negotiation for the victim!
Mark Haydon, one of four connected with the Snowtown serial murders, has applied for release on parole.
Mark Haydon was convicted of assisting to conceal seven of 11 murders.
Sentences should reflect the gravity of the crime committed by showing more respect for the value of human life and should allow for mandatory life sentences without parole.
There is only one definition of life, not a myriad of others which seem to be defined by what way the wind is blowing.
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