Letters 16.3.19

Pell fall-out
I HAVE three words for Peter Julian Dunlop, who wrote that “imprisonment for men who abuse children is not the answer” in his Thinking AllowedDamned doubters” (Herald, March 9, 2019).
You heartless fool.
Suzanne John
High Street, Fremantle

Round up the usual suspects
LATE last year the federal government announced an inquiry into the independence and effectiveness of Australia’s pesticide regulator, the APVMA, after Four Corners detailed the potential harms of one of our most widely used agricultural chemicals, glyphosate.
Some of us were quick off the mark, sending in piles of submissions to the inquiry to ensure the voices of citizens weren’t drowned out by Bayer and Monsanto’s lobbyists.
A few weeks ago the report from this inquiry was handed down.
Unfortunately the majority view of the committee is that our pesticide regulator is doing a pretty good job and really they just need to do better ‘communicating’.
This is a disappointing finding and we share the view taken by senator Janet Rice in her dissenting report that we urgently need mandatory re-approval of chemicals legislation – which was repealed by the Abbott government – to ensure all chemicals are regularly and systematically re-examined.
Thanks to people power, the EU has just agreed to a new food safety law that ensures far more corporate transparency and will hopefully mean fewer harmful pesticides on peoples’ plates.
Under the new EU’s updated general food law, corporations will no longer be allowed to hide what chemicals they are adding to your food and must publish scientific studies proving the safety of GMOs, and the pesticides and additives they use.
For the first time people like you and I will be able to review those studies online. It’s a huge win against the agrochemical industry. And the actions of over a million people across Europe made it possible.
Louis de Villiers
Portree Way, Ardross

Concrete mess
IF there is an opportunity to redevelop the Marshalling Yards in North Fremantle, let’s have a fabulous tourist camping/caravan park.
Make it council-run to keep prices at a minimum for tourists and locals.
It would be ideal when there are surf comps at Cottesloe, groups who engage in common ocean sports, beach combers, star gazers, photographers etc. The possibilities are endless.
Why have another obnoxious concrete jungle of apartments blocking access to the ocean, when a holiday park means families and everyone can use the beach location.
If only I could afford it…
Cherie Kay
Piercy Way, Kardinya

Lib ads were more hype than help
THE pro-Roe 8 full-page ad in the Herald on February 9 from Liberal candidates for the seats of Fremantle and Tangney begs the question – how accurate are their claims?
How closely have they looked at the plans and statistics included in their ad?
The plans for Roe 8/9 were drawn up over 50 years ago, when it was a ring road around the outskirts of the Perth metropolitan area.
At that time wetlands were seen as simply cheap infill areas, not a vital part of the environment.
Move on to 2019 and we should be a little better informed. Roe 8 would not only damage wetlands, its proposed route also cuts through built-up suburbs close to homes, retirement villages, nursing homes and schools etc.
It simply shifts the traffic problem rather than solving it.
Once the huge number of trucks quoted reaches Stock Road, the Liberal government has no clear, or fully-costed plans as to where it is to go from there.
The original Roe 9 route is no longer viable as it would go through heavily built- up areas in the suburbs of Fremantle.
The Barnett government plan, once Roe 8 reached Stock Road, was for the route to travel along Stock Road to Leach Highway and then along the existing route to cross the river at Stirling Bridge.
As anyone who has used this route can tell you, that section of Stock Road is at times almost gridlocked at peak periods, and the rest of the plan just takes you back onto the current problematic route to the harbour.
Since the traffic is simply being rerouted, where are the suggested savings in the reduction of traffic congestion and of 450,000 tons of CO2 emissions?
The Liberal’s alternative to the route above was a tunnel from the corner of Stock and Winterfold Roads to the junction of Leach and Stirling Highways.
This was never actually planned or costed. We can only begin to imagine the huge construction and environmental costs of this alternative.
Trucks descending into and emerging from such a tunnel must belch out quite a bit of CO2, and presumably the necessary vents along the tunnel would further add to pollution in the suburbs above.
Increased noise as vehicles brake and accelerate at the entrance and exit of the tunnel is also likely to add to problems.
Properties very close to the start of the tunnel site include a nursing home, retirement village, childcare centre and high school.
They fall within the electorate of Fremantle. Emerging at Stirling Highway there is no proposed plan to solve the existing problems in getting trucks across the river and into the port.
Please closely examine the facts before deciding on signing this Roe 8 petition. This advertisement appears to be more of an election ploy than a statement of facts.
Kathleen Platts
Redmond Rd, Hamilton Hill

Frankly it’s all very confusing
THE subject of imputed tax credits has been much discussed with the main result being confusion.
Company profits are taxed at between 27.5 and 30 per cent.
The after-tax profit, or part of it, is then distributed to shareholders as a dividend.
If the dividend is franked, instead of 100 per cent going to the shareholder they receive 70 per cent, and 30 per cent is sent to the ATO as an imputed credit to the shareholder’s account.
When the shareholder lodges a tax return, both the 70 per cent dividend and the 30 per cent imputed credit are included in their taxable income. This proves the imputed credit is owned by the shareholder.
When the tax is determined, the imputed credit is deducted from the tax to be paid.
If the imputed credit is greater than the tax to be paid, there is surplus.
This surplus belongs to the shareholder.
If Labor wins the federal election, leader Bill Shorten has proposed to keep this money.
Paul Redman
Windily Road, Murdoch

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