HER BODY, HER CHOICE
When you boil it all down abortion is a decision between a woman and her doctors. All the rest should butt out. Should we have a community forum if a male is to have a vasectomy,or use a condom?
An abortion is hard enough and complicated enough for the woman involved and it is her decision. Men particularly butt out. You've had your input.
Ken McDougall, Bulli
STATS DON'T LIE
There are lies, lies and, then, stats.... but not in this case. Has anyone noticed that the 'pointy' end of the NRL ladder boasts, largely, of coaches with grand finals successes, seasoned pros and who, overwhelmingly and tellingly, never played footy for their current clubs. They are:
1. Storm/Bellamy - multiple grand final wins/Storm;
2. Roosters/Robinson - grand final win/Roosters;
3. Raiders/Stuart - grand final win/Roosters;
4. Rabbitohs/Bennett - multiple grand final wins/Broncos and Dragons;
5. Sea Eagles/Hassler - multiple grand final; wins/Sea Eagles;
6. Eels/Arthur - nil;
7. Sharks/Morris - nil; and
8. West-Tigers/Maguire - grand final win/Rabbitohs.
Of these, fifty percent (Bellamy, Stuart, Bennett and Maguire) did not play footy for the clubs they coached to grand final successes. Juxtapose these against those at the 'blunt' end of the ladder.
The point to be made is this. The clubs ensconced in the top eight are, chiefly, under the control of 'hardened' NRL coaches with a wealth of experience coupled with grand final win credits. The stats are telling. Lastly, 'good blokes' do not necessarily translate to 'good coaches'.
D J Preece, North Wollongong
A SUPER THOUGHT
The appearance of former prime minister and architect of Australia's compulsory superannuation scheme, Paul Keating on the 7.30 Report should have been made compulsory viewing for every Jayne and John Citizen currently involved in compulsory superannuation schemes. The tawdry deal between John Howard and Clive Palmer in 1996 which resulted in superannuation contributions remaining frozen at a 9.5 per cent ever since, has resulted in Australian superannuants over their working lifetime, losing $350,000 in emerging benefits.
The Morrison government has announced intention of restoring the 2.5 per cent the Howard/ Palmer deal ripped off the superannuants back in 1996, by 2021. A real closing of the stable door 23 years after the horse has bolted? Yet from among the "seat warming numpties" of the Parliamentary Liberal Party comes a demand the compulsory superannuation scheme be dismantled.
The irony of it all, is despite the bastardisation of the Keating scheme by Howard / Palmer it has provided Australia an ability to reduce our Account Deficit from five per cent to less than one per cent. It has also enabled Australia to amass $3 trillion for investment domestically and, reduced our reliance upon foreign borrowings. Consider how much better off Australia and every Jayne and John Citizen would have been with 12 per cent compulsory superannuation since 1996.
Barry Swan, Balgownie