Letters to the editor | April 13, 2017

MAKING FRIENDS: Ryan Dunn, 3, and Kayden Holland,4, of Horsham met Boris the freshwater crocodile at the TZR Reptiles and Wildlife stand at Horsham Plaza this week. Picture: OLIVIA PAGE
MAKING FRIENDS: Ryan Dunn, 3, and Kayden Holland,4, of Horsham met Boris the freshwater crocodile at the TZR Reptiles and Wildlife stand at Horsham Plaza this week. Picture: OLIVIA PAGE

Easter and Anzac Day

Soon we’ll celebrate two significant events

Basically this is what each represents: 

Anzac, we remember the horror of war; And what each person went to war for.

Easter, someone, died on a tree; For a freedom that goes on for eternity.

One makes a difference while you live; Freedom in living is what Anzacs did give.

But God gave His all when He gave us His son; Eternal life with Him is what Jesus has won.

Anzac Day some recognise, others choose not; Yet they share in the benefits of what Aussies have got.

Easter is purely a personal choice; Will you heed Jesus, the Son of God’s voice?

Both these events need to be recognised; And neither of them should be despised.

We should honour all those who went to war; And all honour to God what Easter is for.

Shirl Hair, Horsham

Rally to #SaveTheWriteOff

VICTORIA’S peak farm lobby is calling on the Federal Government to double-down on investment in agricultural businesses by extending an initiative for small businesses to instantly write-off assets worth up to $20,000.

In a new campaign to #SaveTheWriteOff, the Victorian Farmers Federation, along with the National Farmers Federation and other industry groups, is encouraging farmers to write to the federal Treasurer Scott Morrison with stories of how the incentive programs helped their businesses.

The program has allowed farmers to invest in machinery and other equipment which has radically transformed their businesses, and the agriculture sector has been given a big boost as a result.

But it’s vital to extend the programs in perpetuity if we’re going to continue to see growth in rural industries, and that’s the commitment we’re seeking from the Federal Government in next month’s budget.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) last month predicted agricultural production would soar to $63.8 billion in 2017-18. This forecast provides surety for the government to maintain the program instead of return to the previous $1000 asset write-off.

Extending the program will give farm businesses a chance to seize new export opportunities through the Federal Government’s free trade agreements with Korea, Indonesia and India. 

Farmers can connect with Mr Morrison by logging onto www.farmers.org.au/savethewriteoff and leaving their story. People are also encouraged to share the webpage on their social media accounts.

David Jochinke, VFF President

Plan to tackle crime

AN ELECTED Liberal Nationals government would take a tough approach to Victoria’s sentencing laws.

Victorians should feel safe in their homes, but after two years of Labor the state’s crime rate has skyrocketed by 20 per cent. It is clear a different approach is needed.

Even the Police Minister has admitted that Victorians don’t feel safe in their own homes under the Andrews Labor Government. An elected Liberal Nationals government would take a tough approach and introduce mandatory minimum jail sentences for the most dangerous offenders in our community.

Violent repeat offenders shouldn’t be getting second, third and fourth chances to commit violent crimes – no more excuses, no more second chances, it’s two strikes and you’re in.

The minimum sentences would apply to 11 violent offences, including rape, aggravated burglary, manslaughter by single punch or strike, and murder.

This announcement is part of a broader suite of policies that will be needed to make Victoria safe. It joins earlier announcements by the Liberal Nationals on bail, sentencing, police resourcing and youth justice.

Emma Kealy, Member for Lowan


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