We have seen the build up recently of climate change based news: The peak medical body, the AMA, supporting the facts of climate change; Extinction Rebellion agitating across the world, seeking more direct action on climate change; the IMF concluding that Australia will not reach its Paris targets and will not reach them in a 'canter'. The Energy Minister disputes this.
Who can we believe? By experience, we know we cannot trust or believe politicians much of the time.
I set out to look at some reading to clarify and it became clear that an overwhelming majority of climate scientists support the notion of human induced climate change,as did the Australian Academy of Science, the CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology.
The notion of human induced climate change is also supported by national science academies in Britain, the US and Asia. These people are not charlatans. And I trust their judgement.
The XR protests are deliberately set up on a Gandhi notion of civil disobedience. Sherryn Groch in her comment in the Illawarra Mercury on October 12, 'Climate protests:when did we start expecting activists to be polite', a comment on politicians who complain about any activism.
Maybe XR could do with a training course from French Farmers who routinely deposit manure and rotting fruit and block roads for extended periods in their activism.
Politicians should pay more attention to their electorate.
Peter Corkish, Wollongong
Its sad to see that yet another hardware store has vanished into the mists of time.
The Bunning's ,mega hardware stores are now the usual place to go to for the essential items to keep the "Sweet" going in "Home Sweet Home".
These mega hardware outlets are staffed by mainly young people who have little, if any, knowledge of tools and hardware and how to use them.
The terminology of the old hardware stores was a lesson in the Australian way of life, Picks and shovels were known as death adders as picking one up to use always turned into a hard task.
A Dooverlakka was usually a tool for doing something after carefully describing what the end result should look like.
A Wassnim was an article that belonged somewhere in the middle of the project.
A Thingamabob covered everything else.
I once asked Warren, who owned the hardware store beneath the Old Coles Building in Corrimal, what a Heavy Duty Shovel was.
It's a shovel that's safe to lean on he said.
Nowadays its harder to find the right aisle than it is the thing you are looking for.
Dave Cox, Corrimal
According to DFAT's official website it has earmarked $4 billion of the foreign aid budget to the Indo-Pacific 'pipe line'.
My question is this. Why hasn't the federal government pared back fifty percent of the figure to 'bale' out our farmers?
The government is awash with our money.
Given this, isn't it about time the government reprioritised its domestic responsibilities by diverting a good chunk of aid money to our 'on the land' problems?
DJ Preece, North Wollongong
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