Letters to the editor

Truth in sentencing

Truth in meaning is equally as important as truth in sentencing.

It is incredulous that the vocabulary used and their apparently different meanings, "assisting" rather than "aiding and abetting" can determine the success or failure of Mark Haydon's current appeal for early release on parole.

A simple check of a thesaurus indicates that "aid and abet" are synonyms of "assist". Common sense says that they mean the same thing in English, but not in legal jargon.

For highly paid lawyers to argue over such semantics, reflects a total a lack of respect for the victims who suffered at the hands of this group of cold and callous murderers.

Contrast this to the different interpretations of "life" when imposing sentences on our criminals and one is left in absolute bewilderment.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

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The could-have-beens

Ever wonder why with such a giant leap forward in automation, technology etcetera, that in everything in the last 100 years, probably the only thing that has not changed is the way our democratic government is structured?

Myself and many other like-minded citizens can see there is a definitive need for a major change.

How successful is our state government? NOT! The finance for the new Royal Adelaide Hospital is nearly all borrowed. 

South Australia must pay $1 million in interest a day… Yes, that’s right… A DAY!

How long will it take to pay back the billions borrowed? 

It is time for our system of government to change. The most iconic change is we do not have a state government.

Many of us are acutely aware of our state’s inadequacies, employment, constant power supply, health care etcetera and I am conscious of the number of people who are past caring. So how do we in a clear and emphatic manner tell the MPs that they are no longer required in a civil way?

Together, you and I can change the course of history at next year’s state election. 

By going to your polling station (because It is compulsory to do so) and collecting your ballot paper, leaving it blank and then folding and placing it in the ballot box.

WAYNE TYRRELL

Port Lincoln

BHP re-badge welcome

Re-badging BHP (Billiton) is a good move. Broken Hill, although only just in NSW, nevertheless observes South Australian (Central Standard Time) time and its original product of lead and zinc concentrates have been smelted in Port Pirie from the very beginning of the company. 

Its interest in coal, oil and gas has seen BHP (Billiton) expand to ‘world's biggest miner’ status. 

With its interest now in its original state, SA, BHP is in a very strong position to become the world leader in emissions-free base-load power production. 

Its uranium reserves at Olympic Dam, are so large that those reserves alone, used in the developing integral fast reactors could power the entire planet for 4000+ years. 

With the recently signed China Free Trade Agreement, BHP should now engage more fully with China, become a/the main supplier of uranium to China and work more closely with the SA government in expanding the nuclear industry in SA. 

The development of an international high level nuclear waste repository as recommended in the Scarce Royal Commission, would be a sensible place to start. 

China has 35 operating reactors, is currently building 21 and plans to build another 180 by 2050. BHP and China together could make a huge dent in the amount of CO2 the world generates through its use of fossil fuels, especially coal, for electricity generation. 

TERRY KRIEG

Port Lincoln

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