Budget a missed opportunity
Crispin Hull (Bendigo Advertiser, Saturday, October 10) highlights the missed opportunity of the federal budget.
The government is completely hamstrung by its ideology, leading to its determination to support its mates, especially those in the fossil fuel industry (who donated $1.8 million to the three major parties last year).
There are enormous opportunities for new industries that will protect the environment, produce ongoing employment and support the economy.
Numerous think tanks have made detailed recommendations for the industries of the future, e.g. Beyond Zero Emissions' Million Jobs Plan.
This government has no vision for Australia's future.
In fact, it doesn't even understand the problems we face.
Let us rally behind Beyond Zero Emissions, The Australia Institute and all those with a vision for a strong, prosperous and environmentally and socially aware society.
Pat Horan, Sebastian
NBN should be better
I live in Eaglehawk and upgraded to the NBN when my daughter started working from home.
Apparently we are more than a kilometre away from the node therefore we can never expect more than 16/ 5 speed.
I am an essential worker and out of 200 staff currently working from home I am one of few still working from the office.
Business is important but maybe money needs to be spent on residential too.
Wasn't NBN meant to be better?
Andrea Clayton, Eaglehawk
Graffiti artists can help
It is great that sections of the city will be closed for outdoor dining ( Bendigo Advertiser, Saturday, October 10).
It will boost business, tourism , "shop local" and avoid inhaling exhaust fumes while eating on the street so to speak.
But do we have to have those ugly concrete barriers, they do nothing for the ambience that could be established.
Surely it is overkill to section off a road for pleasurable intent.
If we do have to have them maybe some unemployed graffiti artists could run a theme across town.
Christine Haddrick, Golden Square
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