A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FOR 2020
It's hard to focus Christmas
After a year such as this
With Fire, Flood and COVID,
With so much gone amiss.
It's time for some reflection
On what we all hold dear
To understand what we have
To bring our loved one's near
Say thanks because we have them
They did not slip away
And together we go forward
To another Christmas day
But stand in thought a moment
For those who slipped away
For those with empty places
At their table Christmas day
And reflect upon our future
That has our loved one's there
So we can cherish Christmas
As a time we still can share.
By Raymond Lamb
SIMPLE REQUEST FOR CHRISTMAS
I work with lots of young people from disadvantage backgrounds. I see the impacts of poverty on their daily life and am accustomed to its impacts.
But there is always a time or a conversation which stops and makes you think.
Last week I had a 6-year-old girl tell me what she wanted for Christmas.
Expecting to hear of dolls and other toys, I was speechless when she said; "I just want Mummy to be happy. Mummy has had such a difficult year without work. I'm just want her to be with her family so we can all have fun together."
Children always have a way of capturing the true essence of Christmas
Greg Adamson, Griffith
GOVERNMENT SHOULD GET BEHIND HELEN
It's time the NSW Government gave support to Helen Dalton MP.
The water management amendment under the 2004 national water initiative, all state governments and federal agreed to implement a Water Register, some 16 years later we are still waiting for this to happen.
There has been already 118 enquiries and reports into water management.
Why wait for another enquiry to be finalised, why pursue more "consultations and feedback" when we have a draft law for a public Water Register.
NSW Government stated that it supports transparency, but if there were problems with Mrs Dalton's bill then the NSW Government should have improved it rather than voting it down.
It's a shame as Mrs Dalton's new law would have provided for NSW's first ever genuine public register listing all politicians, corporations and individuals who owns our water.
Would someone please answer the question - who can claim ownership of rain?
Our Australian constitution, Section 100; nor abridge right of use of water.
The Commonwealth "shall not" by any law or regulation of trade or commerce of trade the right of a state or of the resident therein to reasonable use of water or rivers for conservation or irrigation.
What has gone wrong with our constitution?
NSW State Labor Government!
The Water Act of 1905 state ownership of all water resource:
Administration of the Burrinjuck Dam system by three commissioners to be independent of politics and parliament and water of the western rivers are a great public resource which must be placed under public control to protect the public welfare.
Politicians have failed the Australian people.
Fran Pietroboni, Griffith
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