Why manufacturers have left Australia

Holden response

After reading last week’s letter from John Tayler from Riverton I think someone needs to educate him about why our car manufacturers recently left Australia.

Appropriate information has flowed quite readily from many sources so to blame unions for the demise is both extremely uneducated and purely union bashing.

They have always served the employees/ members with the utmost integrity and support.

They were desperately trying to reverse the final decision by engagement with all involved parties, but frankly apart from our SA politicians very little support was forthcoming from other politicians in Australia.

The blame lies directly with the Liberal Government and in fact Joe Hockey who did his very best to sabotage anything positive.

As for his ridiculous statements about how penalty rates were destroying small businesses and jeopardising jobs.

Mr Taylor, you obviously have never had to work outside a 9am-5pm Monday to Friday job especially with broken shifts or you would be more understanding of how selfish that thinking is.

Jon Mutter, Stanley Flat.

The race that shocks the nation

On November 7, many people will boycott the appalling cruelty of the Melbourne Cup.

The Melbourne Cup should be called "the race that shocks the nation". People still talk about the horrors of the 2014 event, when one horse fractured a cannon bone and was killed on the track and another collapsed and died in his stall after the race. The following year, a mare lay on the ground with a shattered leg until she was killed. But the headlines hide the extent of the carnage: from July 2016 through July 2017, 137 horses died on Australian racetracks. That's one every 2.6 days. Horses used for racing typically weigh more than 500 kilograms, are supported by ankles the size of a human's, and are whipped to make them run around tracks at speeds of more than 50 kilometres per hour while carrying humans on their backs. They're victims of an industry that is rife with drug abuse, injuries, and race fixing, and many of their careers end at the abattoir. Few of these horses are retired to pastures, because owners don't want to pay for a horse who doesn't bring in any money.

We invite the 99 per cent of Australians who oppose cruelty to animals to help end this exploitative "sport" by refusing to patronise the tracks and informing their friends and family about the tragic lives that horses used for racing lead.

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia.

Remembering Kokoda

On November 2, 75 years ago, Australian soldiers retook the village of Kokoda in Papua New Guinea. Between July and November 1942, Australian forces fought the numerically stronger Japanese in abysmal conditions along the Kokoda Track, sustaining more than 600 dead and more than 1600 wounded or struck down by illness or disease. The Australians forced the Japanese into retreat, culminating in battles at the Beachheads which came at an enormous cost — more than 1200 Australian lives lost and more than 2000 wounded. I ask all Australians to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of these great Australians and of all those who served on the Kokoda Track and at the Beachheads during the Second World War.

We also remember the estimated 50,000 Papuan civilians who helped Australian soldiers. Lest we forget.

Dan Tehan, Federal Veterans’ Affairs Minister.