Letters to the editor

May 11, 2016

It’s great the first stage of GV Health redevelopment has been funded.

What we now need to do is to ensure the vast majority of the funds are expended on health matters and not excessive car parking for current and the 650 additional staff positions.

Greater Shepparton needs a transport strategy that prioritises walking/cycling paths with secure bicycling parking and shower and change facilities at the hospital for those arriving by bicycle; and some sort of reward for those who elect to walk or cycle.

The hospital, as does the whole of Greater Shepparton, needs an efficient and sophisticated public transit system that links seamlessly with the city public transport system.

The public transit system needs to revolve around some form of electric bus system, that links with a “park and ride” process whereby people would drive to pre-determined locations on the edges of the city and be taken to whatever location they choose in the city, including the hospital.

The service would be frequent — 10 minute intervals — throughout the day and less during the night.

The public transport facilities at the hospital should be covered and centrally located to allow easy access for the public. We need a transport strategy that sees public transit as the absolute priority, one that articulates the convenience, safety and the broader environmental benefits of living this way.

Applying 20th century thinking at the hospital with GV Health going it alone with (a multi-storey carpark) would be a temporary solution, but ultimately lead to more traffic difficulties, bringing more staff and public frustrations.

We need an integrated approach.

Submitted by-- Terry Court, Tatura

Yes to new subs

The only reasonable guarantee of peace is if a nation is perceived by its enemies as being prepared for war.

A sentiment attributed to the renowned Roman military expert, Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, some 1600 years ago!

Which is why I welcome the announcement of the $50 billion contract to build state-of-the-art submarines in this country.

Any realistic and cost-effective steps taken by our national government to protect this country from both external and internal threat have my support.

Submitted by-- Michael Gamble, Belmont

Read with care

Abubakarr Kamara’s story (News, April 29) about the positive impact of reading in his life was very inspiring.

I quote George Deeble from a column (News, April 20), ‘‘what we put into our minds must eventually have an impact on us’’.

Reading is good for you but not all books are beneficial, be selective.

Submitted by--Irene Ferguson, Yarrawonga 

Tell us the date

TV stations galore, but not one of them has the day-date alongside its logo and it’s because of this absence that a lot of old people are those who forget what day it is.

It can be a real hassle ... like not knowing what’s on TV.

Submitted by- Ray Geraghty, Shepparton

Tax issues

The Turnbull budget will not fix the basic problem for the answer is clear — increased tax revenue must be raised. By proposing to pass a portion of the funding responsibilities directly to the states will not fix the overall funding gap as our national debt exceeds more than $ trillion plus $100 million interest per month from our taxes.

It appears that the 1953 Tax Agreement, signed into law and ratified ever since by successive governments, allows for an overseas owned company to come in knowing that his Tax Law allows their profits to go out of the country virtually ‘‘tax free’’.

This means many billions of dollars is lost for tax revenue.

To give some clarity as to the amount leaving our shores in tax free profits, it has been calculated that if these companies were to pay just one per cent in tax on their profit, then we, the people, could rid ourselves of all taxes and also just pay one per cent.

The Debits Tax taxes money taken out of the bank (or any financial institution) at the rate of one per cent. Therefore, when the multi-national company sends their profits overseas, it must withdraw it from their bank and so pay one per cent tax.

Any time the multi-nationals (or currency traders, etc) withdraw money they pay tax.

What Turnbull is proposing is nothing short of re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Why the political parties fail to look outside the box at the obvious answer defies common sense. It appears no political party has the guts to stand up to the multi-national companies and the all-powerful huge profitable private banks.

As Einstein wisely stated, ‘‘You cannot solve the problem by the same thinking that created it’’.

Submitted by--Ralph Provan, Seymour

Action needed

I write in reference to the article ‘‘Hospital waits disappointing’’, (Shepparton News, Friday, May 6), which highlighted that Goulburn Valley Health’s Emergency Department continues to be ranked the worst in the state for treatment of patients.

An issue that should be of grave concern for all of us who rely on it for our family’s health care.

Once again I notice it is Wendy Lovell standing up for our community and calling for interim measures to improve services prior to the hospital’s redevelopment.

While in the same article Suzanna Sheed tells us “wait times won’t change until the new building is done”.

With the redevelopment not even scheduled to start until 2018 why isn’t Ms Sheed advocating for interim measures to improve service levels at GV Health prior to its completion in 2020?

A perfect solution would have been to relocate the temporary hospital building that serviced Numurkah while their new hospital was built at the GV Health site.

Instead this building was sold to the Moira Shire. Surely the State Government can find some way right now to assist GV Health.

Submitted by--Jason Kelly, Shepparton

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