Letters to the editor

Nuclear matters

Before Sebastian Tops (letters November 27) claims again that nuclear is one of man's "infinite stupidities", he might like to consider the following facts (they're not Krieg "misrepresentations").

As of May this year, according to the World Nuclear Association, there were 32 countries generating 11.5 per cent of the world's electricity in 447 reactors.

Those 32 and 17 additional countries are currently building 59 reactors, they have another 170 firmly planned and 374 proposed for the future.

Currently, China has 35 operating, is building 19 and has 290 planned, all to be operating by 2050.

By then, 28 per cent of their electricity will be nuclear generated.

Note also that the safety record of nuclear is superior to that of any other type of generation.

Over 60 years of generation, there have been only three serious accidents, Three Mile Island (US in 1979) with NO radiation deaths, Chernobyl (April 26, 1986) with 28 radiation induced deaths and Fukushima 2011 with NO radiation induced deaths.

Compare those events with thousands of coal power related deaths, gas explosions killing hundreds and dam failures also killing thousands.

More and more countries are turning to nuclear for reliable, sustainable, affordable, emissions-free electricity.

Australia should join that worldwide nuclear expansion.

TERRY KRIEG

Port Lincoln

Question time

From the South Australian parliament public gallery it was great to witness the four Liberal MPs standing up for what they believed in and cross the floor in support of consultation re mining bill.

The efforts of the Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan to rush this bill through have thankfully been halted.

Farmers are not disputing the fact that the state owns the mineral resource.

The current mining act gives protection to arable land, including orchards and vineyards.

If an exploration company wishes to drill  exploratory holes, the land holders have to sign a waiver of exemption to give them access to the land.

The sticking point for farmers is the fact that this new bill is giving much more power to exploration companies than they already had.

If a farmer doesn't want drilling on this land they then have to engage a lawyer and go to court.

Thus far the exploration companies haven't lost a case.

There is said to be 100 years supply of copper in the north of South Australia, farmers question the wisdom of destroying our precious food land for short term monetary gain.

To say that mining and food production can coexist in the same area is disingenuous.

BILL MOLONEY

Arthurton

Boring brigade

The future generation will live in a colourless, dull and blended world.

The boring brigade will have analysed, scrutinised and obliterated any spontaneity, passion and laughter.

Books are deemed suspicious as their story line is bound to offend someone somewhere.

Thanks to the boring brigade our children will be gender fluid. No childish offices or family and friends announcement with blue or pink balloons heralding ‘It's a boy/a girl’.

No Christmas festivities, tinsels or decorations, the Christ in Christmas was deemed offensive therefore the whole event was dumped.

Australia Day breakfast will not be happening as the boring brigade could not agree on an inoffensive date.

New Year, of course could offend someone because of cultural variation in the date.

Everyone has to be happy in the same time and miserable in the same time.

In this flat, uninspired landscape, people will find stimulation by escaping to the world of drugs and technology.

Ever increasing rules, regulations and the boring brigade conspire to shackle and silence the people.

I come from a place where medicos, teachers and parents needed to be respected. 

Respect was more important than offence. I suppose it was the wrong country and the wrong side of town.

A joke was just a joke.

There was no malice. Sensitivity was often met with common sense and empathy. There was freedom and unrestrained laughter. 

This place I'm told remains, unknown to the boring brigade. So there is still hope.

JOSETTE DI DONNA

Port Lincoln

Foreign owned 

The politicians and ministers of education of both federal and state governments need to arrange for school teachers to be teaching the children on the pioneers of the white settlement who worked hard to develop Australia’s heritage, history, culture, monarchy and meaning on the national Australian flag.

And our pioneers, who developed our city, country towns, farmers, nation owners, roads, manufacturing, industries and jobs of all types.

Where would Australia be today? No person owns any block of land unless it is paid for. Owners of land have deeds of land.

Who owns Australia today? As it is foreign owned.

E.J. KEMPSTER

Port Lincoln