Letters to the editor

No resolution

We, the under-signed councillors, wish to clarify some issues in the lead story on Wednesday, May 17 2017.

Firstly, the extraordinary meeting was called by Councillors Bronwyn Petrie and John Macnish to discuss some very contentious issues regarding the selection process for the new senior staff. The last sentence of the first paragraph “to finalise the appointments of the new division heads” was totally false.

Secondly, the statement that all issues were resolved is also totally false.

Things are not happy in the state of Denmark!

Cr John Macnish, Cr Brian Murray, Cr Michael Petrie, Cr John Martin, Cr Don Forbes, Cr Tom Peters and Cr Gary Verri

Keep giving hope and assistance

I write on behalf of The Salvation Army to ask readers to get involved in our Red Shield Appeal Doorknock weekend on 27 and 28 May. By volunteering to collect, you’ll be helping to give hope where it’s needed most.

The Red Shield Appeal is The Salvation Army’s main fundraiser – we rely on money raised to help operate our services across Australia. With the public’s support, we are able to keep giving hope and assistance to Aussies who fall on tough times.

Giving a few hours to collect on the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock weekend allows us to house families who are homeless, support women and children fleeing domestic violence, break the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction in many people, provide emergency relief in times of disaster, help get youth of the streets, and so much more.

We’re calling on community groups, sporting clubs, workplaces, families and individuals to join our Army of Hope on 27 and 28 May and volunteer for the Red Shield Appeal. Make it a fun day out – it’s a great feeling when you’re doing something that truly makes a difference.

And please, consider making a donation to the Red Shield Appeal yourself. As more and more Australians find it harder to make ends meet, The Salvation Army’s services are stretched. We rely on funds raised to help keep our doors open.

Readers wanting to get involved or wanting to donate should simply ring 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or visit salvos.org.au.

Leigh Cleave

Communications & Fundraising Director, The Salvation Army

World No Tabacco Day

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared May 31 "World No Tobacco Day". Bravo! We've known about the link between smoking and cancer for more than 60 years, and any opportunity to remind people to quit is welcome.

But let's not forget that meat, which is much more widely consumed than cigarettes, can also be deadly. The WHO ranks processed meats as group 1 carcinogens – bacon, ham, and sausages are now in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic, and tobacco as a major cause of cancer, while red meat more generally is in the 2A "probably carcinogenic" category.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that each 50-gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases a person's risk of developing colorectal cancer by 18 per cent.

Research also shows that meat-eaters are about 40 per cent more likely to get cancer than people who eat plant-based foods.

Millions of people have improved their health and longevity by quitting smoking, and millions more would live longer and better if they gave up processed and other meats. And there's an added benefit: they would help end the confinement, torment, and killing of billions of sentient creatures each year for a taste sensation that lasts no longer than a smoke.

Laura Weyman-Jones

Press Officer, PETA Australia

Dates are significant

National Reconciliation Week is held annually on May 27 to June 3 in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and to nurture and grow on the relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

It is important to recognise that Indigenous history and culture is Australian history and culture. These two dates hold great significance to Australians as they represent two major events in our nation’s reconciliation journey. 

This year is especially significant for indigenous rights as May 27 is the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum where Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for them.

3 June 2017 is also the 25 year anniversary of the Mabo decision, where the High Court of Australia decided that terra nullius should not have been applied to Australia. The landmark decision recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights to the land – rights that existed before the British arrived and can still exist today.

Australia’s mistreatment of Indigenous Australians is a national shame.  These two cases are significant in our attempt to rectify our wrongdoings; however our journey to complete reconciliation is far from over.

My organisation, Youth Off The Streets takes great pride in reconnecting young Indigenous Australians with their history and culture. 

I employ Aboriginal youth workers and case workers to connect to young people and encourage them to be proud of who they are and where they come from.

This reconciliation week I implore all Australians to get involved in your communities reconciliation events.  I invest in the Aboriginal youth of today, so they can be the leaders of tomorrow.

Father Chris Riley

CEO and Founder at Youth Off The Streets