Mildura Weekly : Friday February 24 Vol 11 No 16
10 OPINION MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Country music festival can be great again Sir, I recently read with interest a let- ter in your paper from eric less re- garding the Mildura country Music Festival, and I must admit, he has some valid points. Having just returned home from the tamworth country Music Fes- tival, we were disappointed to hear that several of the artists we spoke to won’t be returning to Mildura. they explained to us that they won’t return until the organisation changes. they spoke of mis-matching art- ists, and other problems that they were presented with during the festi- val, for example not enough time to travel between shows in Mildura and Wentworth. My husband and I have attended the Mildura country Music Festival for more than 20 years, and have watched it grow, and now it seems we are watching it fade. no one wants the festival to slide backwards. We don’t mind going to a show and having a meal, but we don’t want to pre-pay. Another problem is that some caravan parks insist you book for the first five days, the last five days, or the whole 10 days of the festival. With work commitments, why should we pay for days we are unable to attend? every festival has expenses, and I do agree that transparency around whether there is a committee, or whether the festival is run by coun- cil, John Arnold or others need to be a priority. In the past it has been, and still can be, a wonderful festival. let’s keep it up there as one of the best! Mildura is a beautiful place with a lot to offer and we always look forward to attending the Mil- dura country Music Festival, and visiting Mildura in general. I personally am looking forward to 2017’s event. Trevina Renmark Refugee and radical crimes must stop Sir, tHere is no debating the subject. crime is out of control in Australia’s major cities, predominantly Mel- bourne. through the media we hear of gangs of refugee youths terrorising the city with huge numbers of breaks and enters, physical assaults, carjack- ings, vehicles being stolen and other offences. these youths come before the courts and are processed through the revolving doors of the bail system. they assume the mentality of being untouchable. Our police are severely handicapped by restrictions placed on them by their own chief com- missioner, and further restricted by laws that favour the age of the of- fenders. When facing the courts they are usually represented by a lawyer of their own ethnicity, and the ruling is usually in favour of the accused. the legal appeals then begin, costing the taxpayer money whilst choking the legal system with interminable ap- peals. the offender is committed, but the punishment is less than the 12 months requirement for consider- ation for deportment. Our refugee system is failing dismally, and putting Australia’s do- mestic security under threat every day. It is time our Government handed over the responsibility for the refugees conduct to the refugees themselves. In other words, make the refugee family unit as a whole responsible for their compliance with the laws of Australia. If a rela- tive commits a crime then the cost must be deportation of the immedi- ate family, and the same for the of- fender after serving sentence. this will bring home to the com- plete family that every individual in the family is responsible for the security of the complete family. youths might think twice knowing any breach of Australian law will see their family deported, and the op- posite is true too. the family will be responsible for the actions of their youth. A one out, all out, zero toler- ance policy. Having said that, the individual and family should be held responsi- ble for any and all crimes committed by a member of the refugee Muslim family. let’s take the scenario one step further. In the cases of de-radi- calisation, apart from the immediate family, we must ensure the Islamic community as a whole is held re- sponsible. If proven that a case of de- radicalisation has come about by the radical preachings from a Mosque, then that Mosque must be imme- diately closed down and the radical Imam be deported with no recourse to Government-funded legal aid. In the whole scenario I have out- lined here, there must be no right to any form of legal aid. this will remove the Islamic system of bypass- ing and undermining the Australian system to further their cause of seek- ing exoneration. And ignorance cannot be used as an excuse. Ian Felton Mildura Time to shine a light on epilepsy Sir, tHrOuGHOut March, communi- ties around the world are dedicated to raising awareness of epilepsy, cul- minating in Purple Day on March 26 (International epilepsy Aware- ness Day). During this time, peo- ple wear purple, and hold events to raise funds and awareness of the condition that will affect more than 800,000 Australians in their lifetime, and 50 million people worldwide. Sadly, due to social stigma and misconceptions, many people with epilepsy do not disclose their condi- tion, and live in fear of being ‘found out’. this Purple Day, epilepsy Action Australia would like to encourage communities to shine a light on epi- lepsy by lighting up a local landmark with the colour purple, and raising funds for community education ser- vices to better the lives of those af- fected. • Continued Page 19 • Country Music Festival stalwart John Arnold was as proud as anyone last year when the event celebrated 30 years.
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