BREATH OF FRESH AIR
The driving force behind the modern car engine is a computerised electrical system and an intake of carbon polluting fuel. Well, this about to change with the advent of transportable, carbon free, hydrogen fuel – liquid ammonia.
According to a recent article Hyundai and Toyota are interested, so much so, a yet to-be-named Hyundai SUV will come to Australia in 2018, when it will become the nation's first commercially available fuel cell vehicle.
The semi-autonomous machine has an electric motor and battery with a range of up to 800 kilometres, taking on hydrogen as its fuel source and emitting water as its only waste product.
Hydrogen powered vehicles – a breath of fresh air.
John Macleod, Berry
BE ON RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY
Every once in awhile, societies are presented with a stark choice between justice and injustice. The decision to grant women’s suffrage, the constitutional recognition of our indigenous people in the 1967 referendum, the apology to the Stolen Generations – these were historic moments where choices were presented to our community, where the hope for a better, more inclusive future won out over the biases and prejudices of the past.
We stand at a similar juncture today. Survey after survey has revealed that a strong majority of Australians support the right of same-sex couples to be married in law. Whatever the politicking involved in the non-binding postal plebiscite, this majority now has a historic opportunity to demonstrate that a universal recognition of human love can triumph over the hatred, cynicism and despair of those who would deny same-sex couples their full rights of citizenship.
Few now would question that giving women the vote, counting Aboriginal people as people for the purposes of our Constitution, and apologising to those torn away from their families by the government were momentous achievements.
History will rightly laud those who fought for these goals. With equal certainty it will condemn the backward, reactionary forces that sought to frustrate them.
I ask the people of the Illawarra community to think of this when they cast their vote. Be on the right side of history. Be on the side that allows us to face our children and say we cast a vote for love and inclusion.
Brett Heino, Koonawarra
A NATURAL CONCLUSION
I was very interested in the article on the ABC 7.30 Report about the young liberals taking the banner for the yes vote on SSM to regional areas.
It was of special interest because one of the young men was the son of family friends.
I have watched him from a small child and met him on many occasions over the years at family celebrations with our grandchildren who are of his age bracket.
He has grown into a fine young man who has always had a strong interest in politics and his country.
I am sure the love he and his partner have is no less strong than that of his own heterosexual parents.
My niece and her same sex partner are very happy together and share such a love as theirs paying off their home and building a future together supported by their respective families.
Perhaps to complete the picture one or other of those couples would like to have children in their lives.
This could not take place naturally without the help of the opposite sex.
To me marriage is that union of male and female.
Whatever the legal outcome of this question is I will abide wholeheartedly by the law and respect every person's right to his/her way of life but it will not sway my interpretation of "marriage".
Margaret Wolfe, Thirroul