Open letter to Eurobodalla Shire Councillors
You voted recently to reject calling a Climate Emergency.
It's my hope that you made that decision based on lack of understanding of the dire situation we face.
Every day we see more clear evidence, so it's appropriate that we continue to ask the council to review the decision in the light of such new information.
Today (November 6) is one of those days; 11,000 scientists from 153 different countries have just published a statement in the respected journal Bioscience calling attention to the oncoming disaster.
The statement tells us the world's people face "untold suffering due to the climate crisis" unless there are major transformations to global society".
"We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency," it states. "To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems."
There is no time to lose, the scientists say: "The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity."
The point of declaring a climate emergency is to assist us all to focus on those things. Please reconsider your decision.
'Where is the money?'
The Morrison Government has now released the Princes Highway Corridor Strategy outlining priority areas including the Milton-Ulladulla Bypass and interchanges at Jervis Bay and Nowra (Bay Post/Moruya Examiner, November 6).
However (we have) been left asking "where is the money?" after no new funding or detail was included.
During the recent Federal election, the Liberal-National Government committed $500 million towards the Princes Highway, including $400 million for the Milton-Ulladulla Bypass. But only $50 million of this has been allocated in the forward estimates and (we have) been lobbying to have the additional funds brought forward.
We have known about the problems along the Princes Highway on the South Coast for years. We know where the hot spots are and it is great that the government is prioritising these.
But we don't need another strategy telling us what we already know - what we need is the funds and a timeline to get it done.
I have long been calling on the Minister to bring forward the funding for the Princes Highway to help save lives and create more local job. I have said many times that I am willing to work with all levels of government to achieve this and I will continue to offer that.
We don't need more words, more strategies and more plans on the highway - we need to fix it faster.
Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips
'Penalties for underpaying regional employees'
A measly fine? That's just a cost of business. Worth the risk.
Why aren't these (people) in jail?
Don't they know that theft is a crime? Don't they know that staff are human beings, with families to support?
So they think it's okay, because the staff wouldn't know and wouldn't complain if they did, because they know they'd lose their job?
Poor business model, exploiting inexperienced labour.
Good to see we are finally catching them, and still penalising even those that voluntarily come forward.
Wage theft is a crime.