Letter to the editor

Common sense needed

Events from the near and distant past often have a direct influence on circumstances and happenings which occur today or in the future.

In 1992, 1 and 2 cent pieces were withdrawn from circulation.

Since that infamous day, there has been a rapid decline in "common sense" in relation to many decisions made by both state and federal governments.

The current decisions in relation to renewable energy generation and supply and emissions reduction are two cases in point.

South Australia manically forged ahead with adopting renewable, intermittent energy with minimal storage capacity over reliable base load power and have sentenced SA consumers, both private and business, to the highest power prices in the world and an unreliable power network.

Application of even a modicum of "common sense" would have highlighted the need to proceed with caution and make the transition a gradual one, which was inclusive of both sources of energy.

With Australia only emitting 1.3% of carbon dioxide, measures to reduce our emissions are having a severe financial and social impact on Australia, which is extremely disproportionate given the negligible impact any reductions in our emissions would have.

Some of the world's biggest emitters, America, China and India contribute  up to 54% of emissions, and yet each of them have withdrawn from the Paris accord.

Again, lacking "common sense", Australia's decision to continue to pursue this accord has to be questioned.

Hopefully our politicians, will show some "common sense" and genuine consideration for everyday Australians, who are struggling with exorbitant power prices.



Only citizens should be able to vote

With local council elections coming this year it is interesting to note that even those who are not Australian citizens can vote if they have resided at an address within a particular council area for more than a month of more.

This seems undemocratic.

Residences desiring a vote should be encouraged to become Australian citizens first.

Council elections should be consistent with state and federal regulations.

Our politicians should be asked to ensure consistency.


Port Lincoln

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