LETTERS 4.10.14

14. 850LETTERSWalk and chew
NEITHER myself nor the Labor Party has shown any signs of being soft on terror, contrary to the claims of Mr Livingston (Voice Mail, September 27, 2014).
My point is that at the same time as attending to threats from without, we need to be vigilant to the Abbott government’s attempts to unravel important social institutions in this country. We have to be able to fight on both fronts.
Alannah MacTiernan
Federal Member for Perth

Look down, not up
IF only our futile obsession with space could switch to wildlife preservation.
There’s an increasingly desperate need for this to happen. The World Wildlife Trust reports that our wildlife has been more than halved in the past 40 years.
The definitive irony: was emergence of the industrial revolution the beginning of the end for humanity?
Every tree felled, even branch lopped, destroys a galaxy of wildlife; yet everywhere our blunders and plunders are remorseless. Every city worldwide should be frequently subject to marches for wildlife. Without it we are unbalanced and undone: our stargazing days numbered.
Ron Willis
First Ave, Mt Lawley

From bad to worse
THANK you for your coverage of the recent demonstration in regards to the WA government’s proposed amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act (Voice, September 20, 2014).
It is worth noting that while the proposed changes will significantly weaken the Act, it is already a manifestly inadequate piece of legislation.
The Aboriginal Heritage Act WA operates in a way that is racially discriminatory against Aboriginal people.
Section 54 of the Heritage of Western Australia Act (1990) makes provision for extensive publication, consultation and debate for the removal of any site from the heritage list. Indeed the final decision goes to a vote in parliament.
The Aboriginal Heritage Act, by contrast, includes no requirement whatsoever for consultation or debate around removing an Aboriginal site from heritage protection.
As such, the AHA operates in a way that denies Aboriginal people the ability to enjoy a right to the same extent as non-Aboriginal people (the right to a certain level of accountability in heritage protection)—which is in direct contravention of Section 10 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
The proposed amendments do nothing to change this, and indeed makes the process less consultative and less democratic than ever before.
The Aboriginal Heritage Act WA is already significantly weaker and less inclusive of Aboriginal people than Aboriginal heritage legislation in South Australia, Victoria, the Northern Territory and Queensland, and the WA Liberals are making it worse. If you’re curious as to who will benefit, you don’t have to look far beyond the premier and Minister Collier’s circle of friends.
Giovanni Torre

Moore ranting
“DEBACLE not over yet”. Oh dear, Mr Darryl Moore continuing his rantings for not being voted in as the federal Liberal candidate for Perth (Voice Mail, September 13, 2014).
Unfortunately Mr Moore has left his exposure to the Perth electorate far too late to have any impact at this stage. He should have been seen and heard in the electorate prior to the last federal election. The rant in the Voice about Vincent council is just another joust against his nemesis who did win the seat of Perth due to hard work and exposure to her electorate.
L Ferrier
Mt Lawley

Liberty a perilous path
ON behalf of the Vietnamese community I would like to express my deep appreciation for the support the City of Vincent and its constituents have provided in the naming of the park (Voice, September 27, 2014).
Tu Do Street was the name of an arterial road in Saigon that was immediately replaced by the name “Synchronised Uprising Street”, the day after Saigon fell (April 30, 1975).
Tu Do means Liberty (eg, Statue of Liberty in New York), the symbolic words for democracy and freedom that Vietnamese boat people have endured in their horrific journey to reach, where estimated 500,000 perished.
Dr Anh Nguyen
President, Vietnamese
Community in Australia (WA)
Palmerston St, Perth 

Wild thoughts
I HAVE become addicted to the writing of Simon Barnes.
This quote from How to be Wild should arrest Voicelanders:
“Is Australia really on the cutting edge of climate change? If so, then human life, in the way we understand the term in the 21st century, may be no longer possible here. It is a frightening thought. Because if that is indeed the case, who will be next?”
For the sake of immediacy, I have tweaked one word. Mr Barnes might never spot it. His treasured common sense remains intact.
Bill Proude
First Ave, Mt Lawley

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