HAVE WE GONE TOO FAR IN THE NAME OF SAFETY?
Australian people, we are a lucky country since we are an island, we can control who comes in.
But over the years we have lost our freedom in the name of safety.
In my early years I had installed a lap seat belt in my Morris Major car for safety, one could take a ride on the back of a ute or truck.
In the early school days children would ride on the back of a truck with side boards to travel to Yenda to St Theresa School to compete in sport, since governments have put safety first and if we do not comply we receive a fine in the name of safety.
With the coronavirus, we have locked ourselves in and did not go anywhere.
People had fights over toilet paper, supermarkets ran out of rice, pasta, lettuce was $5 each, celery $7, cauliflower $7.40.
People lost their jobs and four million school students stayed at home learning and the state government of Victoria closed down parliament, declaring an emergency, Queensland had police manning their borders and Victoria, South Australia and Western Australian closed their borders to travellers.
How many people have signed up to the government's coronavirus app?
And now the federal government can track us where ever we go for our safety, they can tell me who I have been with in the past three weeks, but when it comes to selling off Australia's farm land and water to overseas governments?
Cubbie Statioj is owned by China and Kidman Station is partly owned, every sugar mill was once owned by Australia, 80 per cent of our meat works and not to forget Darwin Port, leased to China.
Our cherished freedom and liberties have been lost to government intervention and control, they are hard to get back.
It's time for our federal government to come clean and tell the people who owns Australia's farmland and water.
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES
The recent culture of rewriting history concerns me. From wanting to posthumously promote Sir John Monash from general to field marshal, (which his era thought was not appropriate) to removing statues that people of the past perceived as icons.
Our past is our past, we can not change it.
I believe if we start altering our history, we are denying future generations the ability to reflect not only on where we came from and what societies of the past felt were important but the errors we as a society made.
I understand the concerns some hold, but I am worried, if we forget the path we have travelled, are we likely to forget the battle we have fought to correct the wrongs? Will we be likely to make the same errors in the future? Embrace or history, don't rewrite it.
Greg Adamson, Griffith
VIRUS HIGHLIGHTS STATE DIVIDE
COVID-19 has shown us what a divided nation we are. A country of 25 million and just about every state and territory has managed it differently.
I thought we were "all in this together", but obviously that depends on what state or territory you are in.
Once we are out of this period, which may go on for some time, then I think we should have a discussion on what sort of nation we want to developed.
The pandemic has shown us the differences between states, where there should be none.
We need a national approach on health and other necessary emergency and welfare services and let's get rid of the states and work towards a One Australia.
What is developing on the NSW-Victorian border should not be necessary, if we are truly "all in this together".
Peter Hood, Albury
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