Don't worry, be greedy
The Deputy Prime Minister has said that the government will consider excluding agriculture from future long-term climate change targets.
That makes about as much sense as smoking during cancer treatment.
As the government struggles to reach our modest Paris target of 26-28 percent below 2005 emissions by 2030, it's clear that animal agriculture is a huge part of the problem.
Globally, emissions from agriculture alone would be enough to put the Paris goals out of reach, even if all the other major sources of emissions were closed down.
To exclude one of the worst climate offenders, one that causes horrendous suffering to its victims, is grossly negligent politics. Mr McCormack says he is "certainly not worried about what might happen in 30 years' time." How nice for him; our kids and grandkids certainly are.
Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia
Acrolein not the enemy
Contrary to claims in a recent article, Acrolein is not a poison it simply is a chemical made in Germany that takes the oxygen out of the water.
Yabbies usually climb out of the water until the chemical passes and fish try to run ahead of the chemical but sadly falter at the checks along the channel.
The only other way is manual removal of the aquatic weeds by excavator and that is far too expensive and the cost would fall back onto all irrigators.
If land holders do not want their channels to fill with aquatic weed that water has to find a way over the top of, which will cause the channels to rise and overflow, then they must be treated with Acrolein.
Again it is not a poison and is safe after all the chemical has dispersed.
I was a water distribution manager in NSW and I too wish there was a better way.
I am sure they are working on other ways to better control aquatic growth and lets remember that channels are for irrigation and not a fish breeding nursery.
Errol Tomkins, Benalla
Biden's unity call a concern
When Mr Biden's camp claimed the victory in the US election, one of his first statements was that he wanted to promote unity in the nation.
I am an avid student of what is happening in the world. Lately I have been watching the USA closely. What Joe Biden said, and what is happening, are worlds apart. It has been worrying me. I hate contradictions.
I saw it explained well today. The Biden administration don't ask for unity. The Biden administration demand conformity.
Murray McPhie, Epsom
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