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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 25th 2009
28 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 26, 2009 MB Judge is put out onaLim FOR the edification of readers who have been asleep for the past six months or so: Strathfield councillor Danny Lim doesn't much care for his State counterpart, Labor's Virginia Judge. Using various methods of persuasion to get his point across -- ranging from innuendo, cries of corruption about anyone who has attended a function with Ms Judge, to flattery and, at times, intimidation -- Cr Lim seeks to sell himself as the ''clean'' and ''smart'' independent elected official. His mission: to bring down Ms Judge by all means. During the council election campaign, he had the Liberal Bill Carney in his sights. Now on council, he sees Cr Carney as an ally. And with the former Liberal councillor Andrew Ho as his advisor, Cr Lim has now admitted that he has been feeding the Liberal Party his ammunition against Ms Judge. His so-called independent image must surely be tarnished. Cr Lim has achieved his desire -- forcing Ms Judge to ask ICAC to investigate her relationship with the owners of Strathfield Plaza. Whether it amounts to anything is another thing. Antics don't stop work Petrol prices should drop. I thank Mr Da Luz for his recent letter and can assure him that despite the antics in Strathfield Council the matters he raised concerning roads and our shop- ping centres are having much work done on them both over the last council and in this council to ensure there is an upgrade to the Strathfield town centre, the other shopping centres and our roads. This work is continuing and will continue (Opinion, Feb 19). The antics reported are a small part of the council's business and unfortunately when we have a mayor who throughout his last term as councillor was deter- mined to bring party politics into council and now has trouble due to his attempts to do the same this is bound to happened. You might note that the last council under myself as mayor had none of these problems as I tried to make the council as inclusive as was possible. Bill Carney Strathfield Councillor Drop price Last year when the oil price peaked at $147USD per barrel and the Aussie dollar was at 95 cents to the USD we were paying approximately $1.71 per litre of petrol at the bowser. Today the price of oil is below $40USD per barrel which is a drop of over 70 per cent from its peak. The Aussie dollar is at 65 cents to the USD which is a drop of about 30 per cent. Yet the price of petrol this week at the bowser was $1.31 per litre which is a drop of only about 25 per cent. Given these facts the price of petrol should not be any more than a $1 a litre! Could someone from the petrol companies and from Woolworths and Coles ex- plain to the Australian public why at a time of the worst economic conditions since the great De- pression and the misery being encountered by millions of Aust- ralians they have chosen to maxi- mise their profits and threaten the economic recovery of our nation. Yosi Tal Leichhardt Pay your way I was shocked, disgusted and angered to read your story of councils splurging on their Christmas parties (IWW, Feb 19). Why can't they do what a lot of responsible businesses do now- adays which is basically what Burwood Council did, get staff to pay for their own meals, or at least scale it down to a cheaper option. Being a resident of Canada Bay it made me sick to see that over $12,000 was splurged on their Christmas party in this current economic climate. Also the prac- tice of giving staff hampers cost- ing $6000 as Ashfield Council did is just criminal. Most responsible corporate citizens donate this money to charity instead of staff gifts/hampers. It's interesting to see that Ashfield Council was only able to give $5000 to the bushfire victims (versus $10,000 from other coun- cils), but they don't mind splash- ing out over $10,000 on a harbour cruise. Yet another example of councils spending taxpayers' money for their own greed -- yet again. S. Spencer Canada Bay Merits debated TO THE POINT Re Mr Thomas Carrie's spirited defence of Ms Passas (Opinion, 19 Feb) let me make two observations. One, most economically literate people don't see a contradiction between having an increase in money to spend and not being able to afford everything at once. Secondly, if Ms Passas wanted to debate councillors, perhaps she should have got herself elected to council. Cr Mark Drury Ashfield Thanks heaps The recent bushfires in Victoria, and floods in Queensland, have again brought to the fore the invaluable work of volunteers. Many people gave up their time so willingly to help combat the fires and then to assist affected communities with their recovery, a process that will be ongoing for a long time to come. Volunteers have been involved in all aspects of these devastating natural disasters. More than 5.4 million Australians volunteer each year and the most recent estimate suggests they deliver over $700 million of value to the nation. I think that is a very conservative estimate. More information is available at www.volunteering australia.org/nvw Where would we be without our volunteers? Cary Pedicini CEO, Volunteering Australia WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS OPINION www.innerwestweekly.com.au 2202040i iww wk35 Peter and Val Brae of New Zealand have bought a taste of home to Australia -- literally. The couple have set up New Zealand Snack Food at Banksia in an attempt to bring the Shaky Isle's favourites to Sydney. "Our chocolate tastes a lot creamier than the Australian," Mr Brae said. A retailer in New Zealand suggested to Mr Brae that he should start his own shop instead of spending so much money bringing confectionery to Australia. As well as chocolate fish and peppy chew chocolates, the shop also stocks popular NZ soft drinks, biscuits, and groceries. "Now New Zealanders don't have to wait for family and friends to come over, and nor do they have to wait to go over to get treats," Mr Brae said. You can find New Zealand Snack Foods at 280A Princes Highway, Banksia or order online at www.newzealandsnackfood.net.au New Zealand Tastes Ar rive Down Under Advertisement
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