Most of the time I don’t agree with what Transport Minister David Elliott says (“Costs blowout may yet derail mega-projects”, March 17), however I definitely agree there shouldn’t be any dedication to constructing the second stage of the Parramatta gentle rail line. It is essential the federal government takes a breather earlier than going all out to construct new infrastructure. They must evaluation all present tasks objectively to work out if there’s a change of committing to new tasks that will change into white elephants. Although value blowouts (“variation” in builder’s jargon) are usually not uncommon for such giant tasks, the cumulative impact turns into staggering for taxpayers. Governments will come and go however taxpayers will proceed to pay for the white elephants. Mukul Desai, Hunters Hill
There has been important group push-back towards privatisation and metrofication of Bankstown Line rail providers. There have been a whole lot of submissions to the impression statements, overwhelmingly in opposition. The NSW authorities doesn’t hear and cares little about any social license. Andrew Constance has moved on whereas we’re left with a public transport community that’s fragmented and chaotic as a result of billions have been mis-spent on privatisations and dud offers as a substitute of getting used to put money into the system. The public can shout solely so loud and so lengthy on a difficulty such because the Metro mess. Marie Healy, Hurlstone Park
I’m certain the state authorities received’t be fearful in regards to the predictable “budget blowout”; they’ll simply discover one other public asset to dump. Peter Miniutti, Ashbury
This authorities is constructing the brand new soccer stadium for about $750 million. How is it Sydenham railway station is costing about the identical ($757 million)? Terry Cook, Ermington
Why can we by no means hear about tasks coming in underneath funds? Presumably, it’s as a result of the unique contract is awarded to the bottom bidder. When they discover they will’t do it for that worth, they ask for extra money. And the federal government (on our behalf) pays it. Maybe if the contractors themselves bore some value of blowouts, it would encourage them to bid extra realistically within the first place. Wouldn’t or not it’s good for the individuals to win typically slightly than the large constructors? David Rush, Lawson
From Metro rail strains to sports activities stadiums to motorways, one factor we will all the time depend on is that they are going to be over funds, over time and overrated (“Rising costs push rail project up by $2.2b”, March 17). Meredith Williams, Northmead
Political repair a $10 billion blunder
Thank you for exposing how former treasurer Scott Morrison designed a political repair that may now value taxpayers an additional $10 billion and which economists are calling a “scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money” (“PM’s WA ‘deal’ slammed as GST soars”, March 17). An extended-term authorities’s selections and their penalties are essential to replicate upon as an election approaches. Equally, it might be price analyzing Morrison’s first journey to WA in nearly a 12 months to announce a $4.3 billion dry dock shipbuilding facility for Perth. That wouldn’t by any likelihood be pork-barrelling, wouldn’t it? Alison Stewart, Riverview
Australia continues to pay a really excessive worth for the Morrison-Joyce authorities’s administration of taxpayer funds. We now study that the present GST deal will value federal taxpayers an additional $10 billion over 4 years – an consequence described as “outrageous” by Saul Eslake – apparently as a result of the coverage change by then-Treasurer Morrison made the wrong assumption that iron ore costs would fall. This is up there with the $20 billion wasted in JobKeeper overpayments to corporations final 12 months as a result of the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, didn’t claw again the overpayments. We ought to keep in mind these coverage blunders in a couple of weeks after we can be subjected to the Treasurer’s funds ritual. Rob Firth, Cremorne Point
Simplicity itself: speak about inflation, trigger inflation, reap the monetary good thing about the GST ″tailwind″. Have I handed Government Economics 101? Helen Lewin, Tumbi Umbi
Get shifting on EV plans
The value of renewables (Letters, March 17) is already commercially aggressive (aside from Snowy 2.0). Ask anybody with rooftop photo voltaic and batteries and, as gasoline costs escalate, the acquisition of an EV is wanting increasingly engaging. The solely disadvantage to me shopping for one is the just about full absence of publicly accessible quick EV charging stations in my neck of the woods. While new house buildings are required to include EV charging factors for residents, it’s troublesome and dear to retrofit previous buildings. Elizabeth Elenius, Pyrmont
With the worth of petrol rising, right now I made an inquiry about an electrical automobile (‴No longer a wealthy man’s automobile’: Electric autos energy forward”, March 17). The gross sales assistant advised me that they had one within the showroom and it was being bought that day; every nation supplier was given one automobile and metropolis sellers three. There can be a scarcity of EVs till the federal government will get severe and adjusts some coverage settings. It might save the $30 billion spent annually on importing gasoline and subsidise EVs. Present worldwide and native crises spotlight the necessity for self-sufficiency by way of gasoline and additional reductions in greenhouse gasoline emissions. Warren McPherson, Gerringong
Responding to the article in regards to the meat business “running scared” (“Meat industry runs scared from competitors”, March 10) from plant-based pretend meat, the reply is a powerful “No”. Australia’s meat and livestock business isn’t afraid of competitors. What isn’t acceptable is manufactured plant-based protein merchandise making an attempt to piggyback on our manufacturers, constructed over generations, and deceptive customers within the course of.
Despite what plant-based meat corporations and the writer Peter Singer consider, shopper analysis has already confirmed that confusion is widespread within the market. Last 12 months a nationally consultant survey of 1000 Australians discovered that six in 10 respondents mistook a plant-based meat product for one containing animal meat.
This identical analysis additionally discovered widespread group help for clearer labelling, with 73 per cent agreeing that plant-based merchandise shouldn’t be allowed to make use of the time period “meat”.
Indeed, newer analysis commissioned by No Meat May and Vegan Australia additionally reveals that, on common, 20 per cent of respondents incorrectly recognized the correct product throughout a packaging affiliation take a look at and 45 per cent agreed that they “find the use of animal images on plant-based meats confusing”.
While the anti-meat motion thrives on half-truths across the impression of meat consumption on local weather change to advertise pretend meat, they ignore the big function Australian farmers and livestock have already performed in sequestering carbon. The Australian pink meat business has lowered its emissions by over 50 per cent since 2005 – we’re doing greater than every other business as we attempt in the direction of being carbon-neutral by 2030. John McKillop, Red Meat Advisory Council, Forrest (ACT)
De Groot’s cruellest minimize
My dad stood on a picket crate to see his hero Jack Lang open the bridge (‴Daddy’s bridge’: Boys’ early stroll throughout a Sydney icon”, March 17) and was devastated when de Groot rode in and slashed the ribbon – a second by no means to be forgotten in our family. Josephine Piper, Miranda
Funds for flood victims
I wish to give up my unused Dine & Discover vouchers for flood aid however I can not discover a method to take action, nor any authorities personnel to assist me. I consider this could obtain the unique objective of the vouchers in stimulating the financial system, however in a extra sensible method. It would offer a prepared pool of funds that the federal government has already earmarked. I might merely let my vouchers lapse, in fact, and the funds would change into obtainable however the flood victims might use the funds now. Perhaps a government-generated QR code that we might scan or an added possibility on the Service NSW app might make this work? Col Ruffels, North Avoca
I as soon as purchased an umbrella throughout a rainstorm, and its high flew off once I opened it (Letters, March 17). The salesperson stated “what do you expect? It’s a cheap umbrella”. Vicky Marquis, Glebe
After I had misplaced two pricey umbrellas, my spouse invented an umbrella quiver constructed from the leg of an previous pair of trousers. It hangs over my shoulder on the prepared. It’s been greater than a month now and I nonetheless have my umbrella. Splendid! Dennis Dorwick, Mortdale
Please, slightly than umbrellas, get your self a raincoat with a hood. You will enhance public security (no unintentional prodding), acquire additional pockets, two fingers free when you really want them and keep away from pointless landfill. Norman Carter, Roseville Chase
On the wing
Yesterday a butterfly flew into our backyard. I had not seen one for ages and I miss them. Why have they disappeared? Can something be finished to carry them again? Chris McGregor, Cabarita
Ship of fools
Clive Palmer’s submarines are on the way in which (Letters, March 17), however the shipyard says it can not begin work on them till they’ve accomplished his reproduction of the Titanic. Doug Walker, Baulkham Hills
The digital view
Online remark from one of many tales that attracted probably the most reader suggestions yesterday on smh.com.au
Russian oligarchs with Queensland holdings now dealing with sanctions
From David S: ″Congratulations to the Australian media for bringing this problem to gentle. Without this strain the federal government wouldn’t have acted. It is a tragic indictment on our authorities that these sanctions weren’t authorised within the first place because it gave preferential therapy to these concerned in sure enterprise sectors.″
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