Letters to the editor

Sleazy men should not be in power

HARVEY Weinstein has now admitted to using his status as a movie mogul to manipulate and exploit would-be Hollywood film actresses. His defence that “everybody does it” displays he is morally and ethically in deficit. 

Sleazy men should not be in positions of power over others, but sadly, are. 

The overwhelming evidence of 70 women he abused, cannot be explained away. He now has to face the music, although the statute of limitations means many of his victims will never see justice. The three who are suing him, presently seeking justice, will represent the many who can no longer make him pay.  

Yet he continually and emphatically denies that the encounters were not consensual. 

Believing that his female victims were disempowered by their unknown status, up against one of the Hollywood giants in the industry, he thought he was untouchable for decades.

It was a David and Goliath battle to bring this monster to face his addiction. Yet it has happened. Their cries have echoed throughout the world, resonating with all exploited and abused by the powerful. It is not gender-specific abuse, including both females and males. 

The #Metoo movement means it is now out in the open. Perpetrators around the world are now made to confront their victims. They can no longer hide their crimes behind their positions. 

With media focus on the powerful, who use their positions to destroy the souls of their victims, the disempowered are given a voice and believed.

Domestic violence, child abuse and the abuse of power has no place in our third millennium society. It destroys the individual's and nation's potential for good.

- E. Rowe, Marcoola

Drain the energy swamp

THE Australian electricity market has become a stinking swamp covered with a tangled net of treaties, laws, rules, obligations, prohibitions, targets, taxes and subsidies. The swamp conceals the rubble of demolished coal generators; another plant destined for destruction (Liddell) is gradually sinking in the green ooze.

The swamp is slowly claiming paddocks of subsidised solar panels that, at best, only work for six hours per sunny day. The scene is uglified by spec-built regiments of ailing wind turbines that are often idle, but sometimes whirling madly.

To distract the gullible media from this mess, big diesel generators charge a gigantic battery which pumps water uphill and then lets it run down again.

A garbage dump of dead lithium batteries fills a nearby gully and the swamp is fenced by locked green gates. The stagnant water is stirred on sunny days by luxury launches carrying academics-with-models, green media evangelists, climate alarmists, emissions inspectors and power regulators. 

All electricity producers and retailers should face competitive market prices, get no special subsidies and obey the same tax laws.

But they should be encouraged to enter into long term contracts to supply base-load or peak power at agreed prices.

Such contracts could underpin construction of new reliable generation capacity.

Decentralise decision making. Politicians should stop backing losers. Test energy theories properly by letting green states go deep green on intermittent energy, while others place their bets on long-term contracts from new High Energy Low Emissions running on solid reliable black “fossil sunshine”. Allow isolated communities to try sealed transportable nuclear power packs.

The choice for our crippled electricity industry is stark – swift surgical reform and practical innovation; or let the lights go out as our once-cheap-and-reliable grid drowns in the smelly regulatory swamp.

- V. Forbes, Washpool

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