Struggle for supremacy
- Rex Tooley, Shepparton
For some reason — not clearly understood — the major world powers have a constant struggle for supremacy and control of a region, maybe even the world.
This is a pointless exercise, which is internationally disruptive, and we can only wonder why the major world powers do not rest on their successes and leave every other nation in the world to do things their way and live quietly in peace and happiness.
I believe that Russia has its main interest in its own defence, but China is another story.
Its quest is military and financial dominance.
China is willing to buy overseas assets, but not willing to make any of its national assets available to buyers anywhere in the world.
This is one-sided, unfair and unreasonable, and yet China complains when Australia refuses to permit the sale of its national assets, where ownership only changes, and the economy of Australia will gain no benefit at all. This situation is repeated across South-East Asian island nations too.
But we Australians need to invest in all the Oceania island nations — importantly too, Indonesia — and develop a wide span of connections, both military and financial, with our neighbouring island nations.
We as independent nations need to embrace China — we’re willing.
Yet the fact remains that China itself is extremely vulnerable.
All of China’s exports, most of the Chinese people live crammed on the eastern coast, and the majority of the Chinese labour force.
If the Chinese cannot recognise this they are blind to reality and the potential of great destruction in a very short time.
True, other countries are also at grave risk, but a war with no clear winners is a waste of human life and any great power mad enough to start such a conflict needs a change of government fast.
The cost of junk
- Alan English, Shepparton
The cost of collecting bins full of junk mail should be outlawed.
Basic paper and cardboard only would greatly reduce the cost to our community.
One can label a letterbox ‘‘no junk mail’’, but that is no guarantee that it will be exempt.
Businesses wanting to advertise can still do so in the newspaper or on television.
Freedom to advertise is not denied. Many people do not read junk mail or put it in the bin without it even entering the house.
Surely action to promote more efficient use of our blue bins can occur.