Letters 14.11.20

Shared values

ON Citizenship Day, acting immigration minister Alan Tudge declared it was a time when we should reflect on, and reaffirm commitment to, our shared values as Australians. 

He listed those values as; freedom of speech and association, mutual respect, equality of opportunity, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, mateship and looking out for others, compassion for those in need, and a fair go‚for all.

With the way he treats our refugees and asylum seekers does the acting minister not recognise the monumental hypocrisy of that statement? 

Refugees have never been afforded respect, compassion, the rule of law or a fair go.

Instead, they‚ve endured vilification, unwarranted search and seizure, arbitrary assessments, withdrawal of support, refusal of medical treatment, and denial of their basic right to seek asylum.

Perhaps acting minister Tudge should have said Citizenship Day was a time to start applying our shared values, beginning by setting a personal example.

Tom Vosmer
Dorothy St, Fremantle

Fact wipeout

RE: Herald Nov 7 2020 – “Climate change wiping out pines”. 

I feel compelled, like most readers, to comment on the fabricated postulation by Dr Mac Nish regarding his opining on the state of the fungus threat for pines in the region.

Firstly he ignored all other logical explanations for possibly fungus spread and effect on pines. 

He ignored the fact the researchers “postulated” that climate change cold be a cause and yet he claimed climate change is the only real cause. 

This is not following the scientific method and is pure speculation. 

It is also contrary to far more other logical reasons for fungus spread. 

Many pines are also irrigated in the area so to blame the stresses of climate change is a very long bow. 

This type of scaremongering is anti-scientific and non -factual. 

The long-term temperature increase in Fremantle over the last 100 yrs is 0.38 of a degree (Bureau of Meteorology).

This is not even statistically significant. 

Perhaps the Herald needs to state opinion pieces that are portrayed as fact as being just that.

Craig Brown
Ogilvie Road, Mt Pleasant 

The Ed says: Fair go. Dr Mac Nish opened his piece with the question: “… is there an even bigger elephant in the room?” and reached his conclusion with the statement “I’m convinced…” You might question his conclusion, but it would take a pretty harsh reading to mistake it for empirical fact.

They’ve no place here

THANKS for publishing Dr Gordon Mac Nish’s article on Fremantle’s Norfolk and Cook Island Pines and IL Johnston’s letter on Norfolk Pines in the latest Chook (“Climate change to wipe out our pines,” “Not pining”, Herald November 7, 2020).

These articles reinforce my long held view that these species have no place in Fremantle’s parks, road verges or car parks. 

These trees have created immense issues in the eastern states of Australia and in those parts have been declared a weed. 

They provide no habitat, consume hundreds of litres of ground water daily, and at the end of their life become unsafe and cost barrels of cash to remove.

Using them as street trees creates potential uplifting problems of footpaths and road surfaces not to mention structural conflicts with nearby buildings.

Sadly they have been chosen by parks planners to create allusions of romantic temperate maritime landscapes without little thought of the consequences.

Environmentalist George Seddon, in his highly acclaimed book A Sense of Place  prophesises the use of native endemic plants in our local environment and landscape, not exotics.

As Dr Mac Nish suggests, time to stop planting these species and start using endemic native trees. 

Maybe City of Fremantle might heed his suggestion?

Errol Allen
Beaconsfield

HOPE

The President speaking NO ,not of the USA But here in W.A.

The President of the Good News Club Just when you thought you couldn’t cope

There is hope

When visiting a friend who lives in a first floor flat in a cul de sac

Memories come flooding back

I see children of all ages Laughing and playing in the street Some wore shoes some in bare feet

When was the last time you saw children playing without a mobile in sight ?

Safe and happy

And I’m guessing with only one instruction from Mum

“Come home before it gets dark,when you’re hungry and it turns into night”.

Lee Lovmark
South Fremantle

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