Claw back booty, at any cost

What’s going to we truly obtain with this belated, grudging web zero by 2050 goal (“Nats title worth for web zero assist”, October 22)? Let’s see: ScoMo can go to Glasgow and never get howled out of courtroom and he gained’t be too embarrassed the subsequent time he will get to satisfy the Queen or Prince Charles.
All kinds of eye-watering quantities have been promised within the areas. In the meantime, Australia remains to be close to final on the world league tables. We aren’t prone to rise up off the ground in the course of the subsequent essential decade until the states and enterprise group take issues into their very own palms. These Nats know how you can make hay whereas the solar shines. About solar energy, not a lot. Margaret Johnston, Paddington

What on earth is Barnaby Joyce pondering? Twiggy Forrest, amongst others, is main Australia out of coal and into extra worthwhile job creation by way of inexperienced hydrogen and different renewables. Our world has modified and most of the people get the message. It has nothing to do with nation versus metropolis. Most farmers are on the identical web page as Mr Forrest and wish one thing performed to mitigate local weather change. Most miners see the writing on the wall as mining turns into ever extra computerised and jobs are misplaced. Inexperienced hydrogen is the long run for them. I really doubt the sanity of some politicians. Joanna van Kool, Crows Nest

Scott Morrison ought to transfer with the occasions and cease his reliance on street maps and begin utilizing GPS for his local weather change navigation. Rod Tuck, Katoomba

That is essentially the most outrageous farce. Not solely did Tony Abbott signal us as much as web zero by 2050 within the Paris Settlement of 2015; most Coalition constituents, together with business, mining and people on the land, are already willingly working in the direction of reaching these objectives. Barnaby Joyce is aware of just one solution to negotiate and that’s to bully. Morrison is scared of these inside his personal mob who assume local weather change is a few type of voodoo magic. When will these individuals present an consequence that the populace truly need? Bruce Hulbert, Lilyfield

As it’s doable for an Australian prime minister to commit the nation to go to warfare, as then prime minister John Howard did in 2003, can it actually be the case that Morrison can’t commit the nation to lowering emissions by 75 per cent by 2030 and to zero by 2050, understanding that if he doesn’t accomplish that, the nation will undergo fierce worldwide commerce sanctions in addition to the persevering with ravages of an overheating planet? Penny Rosier, North Epping

Dearly beloved

Concerning Epicurus (Letters, October 22), maybe your correspondent may wish to ponder the likelihood that his and my infinitesimally small bits of gray matter in an enormous universe is probably not fairly as much as the duty of deciding. The one solution to have any confidence in such issues could be if God have been to disclose truths about himself, which many imagine he has performed. David Morrison, Springwood

Your correspondent cites “repent, imagine, obey”. The Synoptic Gospels inform us that the Pharisees and Scribes condemned Jesus for disobeying the non secular legal guidelines of their time and accused him of blasphemy relatively than perception. Gandhi and Martin Luther King believed in civil disobedience relatively than obeying, when there are unjust legal guidelines in place. I’ll have what they’re having. Joseph Fernandez, Mosman

The reply was given to Moses when he requested what he ought to inform the individuals of Israel, God answered: “I’m that I’m” (KJV, Exodus 3: 14). Vivienne Parsons, Thornleigh

As regards to heaven, which type of me will get in? The younger and match one, or the outdated, drained, incontinent, demented one? I’d wish to know earlier than I join; eternity is a very long time. Angus McLeod, Cremorne

No heaven? Phooey! It exists. See my tackle. Mike Bush, Port Macquarie

Humorous cash goes round however doesn’t come round

One cranky and insulted instructor right here (“Mother and father to get $250 for efforts when colleges closed”, October 22). First, the time period home-schooling utilized by the Premier is inaccurate. Let’s attempt “studying from residence”. Second, what a couple of thanks to all of the academics on the market who’ve persevered for the previous three to 4 months with every day lesson preparation, Zoom classes, countless on-line marking and cellphone calls every day to folks and college students to examine on their wellbeing, discussing work progress or helping with issues? Most mother and father have been very supportive throughout lockdown, however being referred to as by the Premier “the cornerstone of our success”? I feel not. What concerning the mother and father who haven’t supported their kids with studying throughout lockdown? Do they nonetheless get their $250 for contributing nothing? Julie Graham, Berrilee

Are grandmothers eligible for the $250 voucher? I had my two grandchildren with me each weekday for 16 weeks (faculty holidays included) and was educating the seven-year-old all day. The ten-year-old was extra self-motivated (I’m a retired instructor). Breakfasts, lunches and snacks added to my meals expenditure immensely. I do really feel blessed, however exhausted, to have had them right here. Pleasure Reddy, Bundeena

No vital pay rise for academics, however the authorities offers taxpayer-funded $250 vouchers to households for “home-schooling” college students. For essentially the most half, home-schooling meant, at finest, mother and father supervised classes ready and distributed by academics. No surprise we face instructor shortages. The federal government refuses to acknowledge and reward the important service they supply. Sue Martin, Clareville

I didn’t have a school-aged baby at residence, however I did have a husband working (nonetheless do). What help do I get for organising and supervising him day by day? Jenny Greenwood, Hunters Hill

Assist nonetheless you’ll be able to

People may misguidedly mannequin their arguments towards making costly private modifications to “assist halt the disaster” of local weather change on our recalcitrant politicians’ claims Australia’s efforts to cut back emissions are minuscule towards international emissions output (“Don’t go away it to leaders: these steps will help halt disaster”, October 22). Options to “put money into an electrical automotive” and “ditch gasoline home equipment” could be unaffordable to many. I’ve not too long ago put in a convection cooktop and a heat-pump scorching water system, at a price of a number of thousand dollars. These private actions ought to be backed by nationwide incentives, rebates and insurance policies for the change to inexperienced gear. The place is the visionary management on this? Robyn Dalziell, Kellyville

Henrietta Cook dinner makes some good factors about how people and households can scale back their air pollution footprints. One necessary step lacking is altering to rechargeable gardening tools. There are electrical chainsaws, garden mowers, ride-on garden mowers, tractors, whipper-snippers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and so on. Eliminating fossil gasoline tools within the backyard (and on the farm) would do loads to cut back air pollution. Dennis O’Hara, Wanniassa (ACT)

Conspiracy on the Gates

Invoice and Melinda Gates ought to be congratulated for donating $159million to make a brand new anti-COVID remedy within the type of a tablet accessible to creating poor international locations (“Gates pledges hundreds of thousands to assist get tablets to poor”, October 22). Sadly, although, we also needs to be ready for brand new conspiracy theories to be bombarding social media platforms, accusing the Gates of additional attempting to regulate individuals. Con Vaitsas, Ashbury

The reality is out

World information has an enchanting juxtaposition of two articles with tales concerning the two individuals with a considerable accountability for the 2 highest recognized COVID pandemic dying tolls. In Brazil, there are vital strikes by the senate to prosecute President Bolsonaro’s contribution to the second highest toll as against the law (“Dying cost laid at toes of Bolsonaro”, October 22). In the meantime, within the US, the previous president who contributed to the very best toll is let off scot-free and is now launching a ludicrously labelled TRUTH Social app that continues his progress in making a travesty of that phrase (“Trump launches Twitter rival – TRUTH Social”, October 22). Anne Ring, Coogee

Oh, the irony of Trump labelling his new social media platform TRUTH Social. This from the previous president who has been documented by The Washington Submit as telling greater than 30,000 falsehoods throughout his time period in workplace. If one has to place the phrase “reality” within the title, likelihood is lies are aplenty. Assume George Orwell’s Ministry of Reality, and the Soviet propaganda newspaper Pravda, which implies reality in Russian. Or take the instance of Democratic Folks’s Republic of Korea: it’s neither democratic, nor a republic, and it certain doesn’t belong to the North Korean individuals. Han Yang, North Turramurra

Vice prod

Human beings have used mind-altering substances since we have been dwelling in caves (“Three arrested after 300kg of ice discovered inside excavator”, October 22). It’s a basic human want and behavior, but we persist in creating alternatives for people to grow to be criminals by making some widespread substances unlawful, thus creating alternatives for prison syndicates. In the meantime, we proceed to advertise and imbibe alcohol within the presence of our youngsters. Let’s take heed to the consultants and decriminalise these substances and make them accessible by means of managed and dependable sources – simply as we do alcohol. Jill Ellen, Ashfield

Flannery’s warning

I urge to vary along with your correspondent (Letters, October 22) about Tim Flannery’s article (“Useless final within the race of our lives”, October 21). Dr Flannery mentions mega-fires, lethal heatwaves, monster storms and catastrophic floods. One might add filthy rivers, large flotillas of plastic within the oceans and masking seashores, melting polar icecaps and rising sea ranges, mudslides engulfing entire villages, species extinctions, ailments passing from confused animal populations to people, and nice swaths of denuded, degraded and unproductive land. All of that is already taking place earlier than our eyes and can exponentially improve as international common temperatures rise. It takes little effort of the creativeness to ascertain the implications for society as we presently expertise it. Wilful ignorance is not a tenable place. Meredith Williams, Northmead

Your correspondent does like to separate hairs. Whether or not anthropogenic international warming is measured in Fahrenheit, Celsius, or Rankine, 2.7F or 1.5C is of concern. At 2.7F (1.5C), it’s broadly accepted there shall be elevated dangers to well being, livelihoods, meals safety, water provide, vector-borne ailments, human safety and financial development. That isn’t deception, it’s truth. Barrington Salter, Impartial Bay


Rage was robust this week. Topics included Scott Morrison and local weather change, Scott Morrison and Christian Porter, voluntary assisted dying and, for no change, the Nationals and local weather change.
Letters writers are, with a couple of common denialist exceptions, strongly towards local weather change, assume one thing have to be performed and are livid at Morrison and, this week, Barnaby Joyce for not simply getting on with it. Few have any religion or perception in Morrison’s Highway to Glasgow expertise of all of a sudden seeing the (renewable power powered) gentle. Then, simply as issues have been quieting down on the Morrison entrance, alongside got here Christian Porter and the federal government blocking his ″⁣blind belief″⁣ being examined. The letters poured in, not one defending the motion, all contemplating it stunning that Parliament would do that in broad daylight.
Then got here Eddie Obeid and the suggestion he may maintain $30 million in proceeds of crime (much less tax, after all) and the trend got here again in waves.
Most letter writers are for voluntary assisted dying, principally as a result of it’s my life and none of what you are promoting. Additionally, for those who don’t need it, don’t have it, however go away the remainder of us alone. They have been livid at having the invoice earlier than Parliament shoved off to yet one more examination, perceiving this as one other delaying tactic by non secular members.
Yesterday, the letter from Peter Nash of Fairlight ought to have included ″⁣Our Minister for the Atmosphere, Sussan Ley, has not solely not too long ago given permission for 3 new coal mines however has knocked again a renewable power hub for making a inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing business in Western Australia.″⁣

Harriet Veitch, Performing letters editor

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