Letters 24.11.18

Red tape or red herring?
I WOULD like to know what regulations or “red tape” will be reduced if there is a special economic zone created as envisioned by lobbyists at the Western Harbours Alliance (“In the Zone”, Herald, November 10, 2018).
If our state needed a new port, which we don’t for decades, why on earth would we support a special economic zone like the one being pushed by WHA?
At the very least they should be upfront about what their plans are to “cut the red tape”.
Ben Lawver
Chadwick Street, Hilton
Ed’s note: Mr Lawver works for the Maritime Union of Australia, which opposes a new outer harbour for the foreseeable future.

All double Dutch to me
REGARDING the front-page story “Freo’s gift not worth a brass razoo” (Herald, November 10, 2018).
The Endeavour was never a part of our Western Australian history.
A gift to the Federation? What a laugh when we see how the federation treats WA.
The Endeavour should be sold to whoever, or even better taken over by the Australian Navy (that’s federal) as a trainee ship.
But to revert to history and to that statement by an anonymous volunteer that “it was the only true replica of its kind in the world that can sail”, how ignorant is that?
What about the Duyfken, which was built in Fremantle.
Looking further over our horizon is the French frigate “Hermione”, upon which sailed Marquis de Lafayette to join in the American war for independence.
Western Australian maritime history is barely linked to the British Empire but mostly to the Dutch and the French Explorers who mapped and documented it without the presumption of ownership.
So let the eastern states celebrate their misinformed side of history: Captain Cook landed in what is now Cooktown in 1770.
Captain Willem Janszoon preceded him in 1606 on the Duyfken on the western side of the York peninsula. As for WA, Dirk Hartog, on the Eendracht, landed on its shores in 1616 etc
The list is long without the presence of an English ship, but for the one that hit a reef on Montebello in 1722, leaving scores to perish while others sailed to Batavia, thus the only British link with our maritime History.
Jean-Marie de Dianous
Wood St, White Gum Valley
The Ed says: We love the Duyfken, but it wasn’t constructed with quite the faithful accuracy of the Endeavour.

Hub hug
CONGRATULATIONS to the new hub group in Hamilton Hill for a wonderful open day on Saturday November 17.
The music, poetry and craft, plus tasty tre 3ats, engaged the wide-ranging crowd of toddlers to grandparents.
The only sad part was that the hub’s pizza oven had been stolen the previous week, so now they have to raise funds for a new one.
It was such a hoot being a choir member under Annie’s delightful guidance, and I look forward to more offerings from this innovative community group in the New Year.
Glenis Taylor
Hilton

Ganging up with Greens
RECENTLY in the Herald there was a photograph of “The Gang of Four”, announcing that the McGowan government will create a reserve to finally wreck the Roe freeway extension project.
The building of the ring road around Perth was part of the plan put forward by the eminent town planner, Prof Stevenson, at least 40 years ago.
Most if not all of the highway has been built except for the Roe extension.
The Labor party has been trying to wreck this project for years mainly in exchange for Greens party preferences, which they rely on to be re-elected.
In this instance a small NIMBY group added to the appeal for them to pick up a few votes.
Completely ignored were the 200,000 or so residents of the cities of East Fremantle, Melville and Canning, who were hoping for relief from the increasing amount of traffic passing through their area.
Sadly this whole episode shows how modern politics is mainly about being re-elected; don’t worry about honesty, integrity or the future, winning the ballot is all that matters.
Fredrick G. McCulloch
Donavon Rise, Murdoch

Thanks, Bondy…
THE story about the Endeavour, “Freo’s gift not worth a brass razoo” is somewhat misleading.
The replica was never a gift from Fremantle.
In fact it was originally touted as gift to the nation from Alan Bond.
The project, along with Bond, fell on stony ground but was finally completed with a team managed by John Longely.
I believe the federal government put considerable funding into the project while Bond and his nefarious machinations didn’t contribute a brass razoo.
In fact it was the gift to the nation, which the nation wound up paying for. Thanks Alan.
Roger Garwood
Attfield Street, Fremantle

Where’s the compassion?
WITH regard to the letter “Stinks to work for the Link” (Herald, November 10, 2018).
It is the responsibility of all people to render assistance in care to those that are in trouble.
Clearly the letter’s author had spent all his time counting CCTV cameras, a security guard and the manageress, rather than having regard for safety and humanity.
As I read, who stood up to help the downed manageress?
Where was the defibrillator unit? What’s that? Do you know such things exist and where to find one?
You don’t need to know how to use it. Look around and learn.
People in WA are self-interested and selfish. It’s no wonder WA has a visitor problem.
Centrelink staff and people like the letter writer have a duty to care for others.
As described, it’s clear that everyone was sucking on empty straws.|
There was no compassion or dignity, diligence or care here, only bitching and complaint.
Why didn’t people come forward to help?
Colin Svanberg
Harbour Road, South Fremantle

International clatrap day
I AM appalled that you published the Thinking Allowed “Universal Children’s Day” in last week’s Herald.
The article was totally subjective, rather than objective, and extreme in its points.  It was a socialist-inspired tirade where truth, common sense and “the fair-dinkum department” had no place.
The contributor wrote “We [Australians] deliberately impose on them [residents of Nauru] unnecessary suffering, to fail them on every level of our duty of care”.
Yet in The Australian on November 16 it was reported that 300 of the “refugees” on Nauru that were resettled in the USA have asked if they can return back to Nauru.
The article described a life-style, especially for children, of freedom and care that approaches that of a tropical paradise.
In general the so-called refugees are not fleeing persecution, but rather are relatively cashed-up (it costs thousands of dollars to get onto such boats), and are impinging on genuine refugees in UN-sponsored camps.
Australia punches well above its weight in taking in immigrants; contrary to the contributor’s claim that we have a “fearful xenophobic mentality”.
Although the article is titled “Universal Children’s Day”, the contributor doesn’t mention it, other than saying it is on November 20 at the beginning, and an irrelevant mention of it at the end.
I expect that someone has come up with the idea of “this day” (another one, sigh), simply to identify them as another “victim group”.
Having been a child myself once, as we all were, I object to being classed as the newest victim group that requires compassion from, you guessed it, the socialist left.
Funny how all of these created victim groups were quite happy until they were told they weren’t.
Alan Springett
Address supplied

The dingo’s in the detail
THE story about the Endeavour, “Freo’s gift not worth a brass razoo” (Herald, November 10, 2018) is somewhat misleading.
The replica was never a gift from Fremantle.
In fact it was originally touted as gift to the nation from Alan Bond.
The project, along with Bond, fell on stony ground but was finally completed with a team managed by John Longely.
I believe the federal government put considerable funding into the project while Bond and his nefarious machinations didn’t contribute a brass razoo.
In fact it was the gift to the nation, which the nation wound up paying for. Thanks Alan.
Roger Garwood
Attfield Street, Fremantle
The Ed says: We think the reference was to the many thousands of hours that local volunteers poured into making sure the project succeeded, whether that was helping sand timbers, organising the monumental fundraising campaigning or showing visitors around the completed ship.

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