Mildura Weekly : Friday August 22 Vol 8 No 42
10 OPINION MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014 Persuasion is way forward Sir, “Islam is not a race, but a col- lection of peoples wedded to a book (presumably, the Koran) which . . . inspires a barbaric, genocidal agenda . . . .” (Dr Clarnette, Soapbox, August 15). Then he says, “The failure of Australian Muslims to con- demn Islam’s atrocities over- seas must raise questions about their place in our society.” What is he actually suggest- ing? That we try to make all Mus- lims in Australia go somewhere else? That we refuse entry to any Muslim refugees in the future? Even people who might like such ideas, would have to admit that it couldn’t be done anyway. Dr Clarnette, as a Protestant clergyman, is himself wedded to a book – not the Koran, but the Bible. We’d do better use the method that Jesus himself used, i.e. the way of persuasion. Not just persuasion, per- haps – but persuasion first and foremost – the key to that be- ing to set a credible, worshipful and devout Christian example. Without that example, no book, no political adventures, will achieve anything. Arnold Jago Mildura Lending a helping hand Sir, The Carinya Branch of the Coun- try Women’s Association had a large amount of material donat- ed to them and from it members made 19 pairs of track pants, four large jumpers, 33 small jumpers, five tracksuits, 12 dressing gowns and seven cot blankets. These items were recently do- nated to Mallee Family Care for their Foster Children and The Child Protection Unit. Attached is a photograph taken on the day they were given away. Joan Hill Carinya CWA The Calder is not all bad Sir, Re your headline ‘Calder unsafe’ in the Mildura Weekly on Friday, August 15. I have been driving between Mildura and Melbourne for more years than I care to remem- ber, and I can honestly say the road condition, in my opinion, has never been better. My only criticism of the road is the almost total absence of any passing lanes. The only one I have noticed is between Hattah and Red Cliffs, and that one is for use by traffic travelling from south to north only; not both ways. Numerous passing lanes situ- ated between say Red Cliffs and Marong would allow motorists travelling at the legal limit to pass slower moving vehicles without having to break the speed limit to do so. The absence of passing lanes causes flights of vehicles to build up, with drivers too frightened to pass slower drivers because they will have to break the speed limit, albeit for a short time, and therefore run the risk of a speeding fine. The only other ‘criticism’ I have is the 100kph speed limit be- tween Wycheproof and Marong. Motor vehicles are now a lot safer than they were when I first started driving more than 50 years ago, and I can’t see why the 110kph limit should not be extended to this section of the highway, simi- lar to the Sturt Highway between Mildura and the South Australian border which, by the way, has an RACV three-star rating. I’m very surprised that the RACV’s highway upgrade recom- mendations do not include a se- ries of passing lanes for the above mentioned reasons. Terry Fitzpatrick Mildura The soapbox Tell us what’s on your mind 10 OPINION 10 OPINION IF, as it is commonly acknowledged, the culture of any organisation is set from the top, then what a wonderful opportunity two of our larger government organisa- tions have to make a fresh start. Those we are referring to are Mildura Rural City Council and Lower Murray Wa- ter. The proof that both organisations could do with a makeover is in the almost daily anecdotes we hear from the public – the majority of them in the negative – and the stream of discontent aired often in the local media. Now, we are not saying that every complaint is legitimate, but it is much easier to find someone with an axe to grind with either, or both, of these organisations than it is to find someone willing to praise them. So, with a new CEO set to take the big chair at Council, and the same at LMW, the time is ripe for change. Council’s new CEO, interviewed re- cently on ABC radio, and by our own Ben Piscioneri, sounds like he has the right attitude towards the ratepayers and resi- dents of our fair city. The very people his organisation is there to serve. And that, we contend, is the main sticking point. Both organisations could be accused at times of having lost sight of the fact that they are in place to serve the people. That doesn’t mean bending to every wish and whim, but it does mean listening with open ears, and an open mind; approaching any consultation pro- cess with the same attitude; and being a lot more transparent about how decisions are made, and why and how our money is being spent. EDITORIAL • HELPING HAND: Members of the Carinya CWA branch, back left to right, president Elaine Innes, Yvonne Hancock and Helene Drayton, and front Joan Hill with Kristie Sawczak, from Mallee Family Care.
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