Letters to the editor

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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to billie.harrison@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Bight must be protected

Yes, yes, yes – declare World Heritage listing for Australia’s Great Australian Bight as soon as possible.

Let’s tell these oil drilling companies they are not wanted and to get out of our pristine backyard, taking their drilling equipment with them.

Ask the people surrounding the Gulf of Mexico how they are going with the ever-present oil sludge and oil muck pollution that still is an environmental disaster 10 or so years after that oil blowout catastrophe.

That could happen right here if we let these oil companies drill in the bight.

Surely there is more than a 50/50 chance of an oil blowout.

Let’s face it, if there is an oil blowout in the bight, the oil company will pack up their equipment and disappear into the sunset offering only a small token of compensation.

A recent report on the continuing effects of oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly on marine life, found that much of the fish stocks still show signs of oil contamination and cannot be processed or eaten.\

BP have pulled the plug on oil drilling in the bight however recently BP stated that in their thinking, oil spills can be good for local business.

Another mistake that was made in the contamination clean-up process after the gulf spill was to use the wrong oil dispersant on the surface oil sludge, which made the oil sink to the ocean floor causing untold pollutiong damage to sea life in that zone.

Let us all work toward heritage listing for our Great (and it is great) Australian Bight so we can all rest easier, particularly the fishing industry and all of its associated enterprises.

Keep the drilling enterprises out of our bight – and so say all of us.

IAN BISHOP

Port Lincoln

Parents missing in action

In the past many used the adage "you reap what you sow" when referring to people taking personal responsibility for their actions, those of their children or things they have control or ownership of.

​Previously, when you slipped and fell over on the footpath, you quickly looked around to see if anyone had observed you, got up and dusted yourself off, admonished yourself for being careless and got on with things. Reactions to the same occurrence today are eminently different.

Today the initial reaction of many would be, totally disregard personal responsibility, determine what caused your fall, ascertain whether the surface had been constructed to specifications, contact a lawyer skilled in injury claims, seek counselling for emotional harm, start a long rehabilitation program and lodge a claim for damages. 

This abdication of personal responsibility is rife in our community and we are constantly seeing behaviours, attitudes and treatment, which lack respect or consideration for others and property.

Incidents and actions, such as the problem of youths in southern Adelaide, which caused damage and raised community concern was followed by: the airing of grievances at a public meeting, handballing responsibility, finger pointing, table thumping, assurance of action and responses, and promises of funding for a solution.

Unfortunately, in our over litigious society and with our manic focus on the extreme protection of personal rights, no-one has the intestinal fortitude to approach this matter with common sense and direct action.

With many of these young people being minors, it is blatantly clear who has the greatest responsibility for their conduct and related anti-social behaviour - their parents. 

Typically though, we will see the costly involvement of many government agencies and their personnel, the implementation of social diversion programs and a long and drawn out evaluation process when funding is eventually withdrawn. By not addressing the root cause, poor parenting, issues will continue to fester and grow. 

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna