ELECTION: Shorten to be discerning when he picks his battles
ELECTION: Shorten to be discerning when he picks his battles Chloe Lyons

Election battle lines are being drawn

ONE of the reasons given for disillusionment with the major parties is that they just oppose each other for opposing's sake. Tony Abbott certainly provided the template for opposition leaders to be totally destructive often to the detriment of coherent national debate.

Peta Credlin who accompanied him to his success in 2013 has now admitted "it wasn't a carbon tax as you know. We made it a carbon tax and when he (Abbott) cut through, Gillard was gone.”

Now it is up to Shorten to be discerning when he picks his battles on health, education and banking.

He is not without genuine points of difference on climate change, marriage equality and housing affordability.

F CARROLL

Moorooka

Grantham hostel

IT is my understanding, that this backpacker operation is yet to be council approved. I visited site, expecting to find Public Notices placed on site boundaries. I found none. Where this development is proposed, an area of approximately 75 acres, there is a publicly council/Urban Utilities-operated treatment package plant located, or so it appears. I know of no public notices relating to this proposal appearing in local newspapers. The proposal would require a MCU (Material Change of Use) proposal with a DA (Development Application) submission to Lockyer Valley Regional Council. Could residents be advised what point the proposal is now advanced toward? What conditions are required of the developer, such as public road access?

All local media have photos of mayor signing a document with the proposal developer, avowing that the first 300 beds of 600 will be available by this Christmas. I am mystified how this can occur so quickly, with all the required infrastructural changes, as I see it.

BOB FOWKE

Regency Downs

Feed the world

LAST night while I waited in the supermarket queue my impatience grew as my stomach growled in hunger. I tried to stop myself feeling annoyed by thinking about the people suffering hunger pains in Africa.

With 20 million people currently facing a famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, the hungry growling stomachs would be deafening across Eastern African at the moment. The $303 million Mr Turnbull heartlessly cut from the AusAid Budget last week could have gone a long way preventing one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes from engulfing Africa.

Mr Turnbull, when will you recommit Australia to the UN Millennium Declaration? Mr Turnbull, please don't cut another $303 million from the AusAid budget, because it can help quieten the growling stomachs deafening Eastern Africa.

ELISHA MCMURRAY

Victoria



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