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Anthony Morrissey [Class of '65]: Letter to The Editor, Southern Courier
Newspaper 28 June 2018
Anthony Morrissey [Class of '65]: Letter to The Editor, Southern Courier Newspaper 28 June 2018
Old idea worth recycling
Little Bay resident Peter Fagan says complaints about the drink container recycling facility at Randwick Golf Club are “selfish and shortsighted” (Container machine returns benefits, Southern Courier/26/6/2018).
He cites a reduction in street litter and points out the financial returns help those who are doing it tough. These are laudable aims. But essentially the recycling scheme is yet one more wacky idea from the NSW State Government that is costing the consumer millions of dollars.
During the first three months of “operation recycle” – which began in December last year – the consumer was slugged an extra $110m by retailers to pay for the scheme by charging an extra 20c a bottle or can. You pay an extra 20c to get 10c back. They’re recycling our money back into their pockets. How wacky is that?
Other wacky ideas under Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s watch include the selling -off of the Land titles Registry for $2.6 billion to pay for the planned $2billion stadium demolition; the light rail to Kingsford where passengers will have to disembark and catch the bus to Chifley, and the sacking of 5,550 TAFE teachers after axing 27 TAFE colleges. Twenty-one of the colleges sold-off are in country areas and all this as part of the government’s Smart and Skilled Program.
Not so smart when you consider they now need to recruit 253 TAFE teachers to cater for the unprecedented construction boom in Western Sydney and the sudden realization that we have an alarming shortage of TAFE trained tradies.
If Gladys Berejiklian is so proud of her recycling program, she should recycle some of the old ideas that worked, for example one-stop, affordable access to a TAFE vocational education program that benefits the entire community.
Now there’s a can-do idea for you.
Tony Morrissey, Chifley.