Old letter tells us that issues haven't changed
LOYAL QT reader Lyle Barlow from Tivoli dropped into our office yesterday to ask us to reprint a letter he had published in this paper more than 40 years ago.
He rightly pointed out that his letter was as pertinent today as it was when he first wrote it. I agree, so I have given him this space to reprint it:
I call on all Australians to question the right of any government to sell off our inheritance.
If large public assets are to be sold, approval for the sale can only come from us the citizens of Australia via a referendum.
The assets I refer to are schools, hospitals, roads, railways, electricity, water supply and sewerage and before it's all gone, telecommunications.
Our forefathers and mothers worked hard and paid taxes to build these public assets for our benefit, not for multinational companies to control and charge us what they think, and then return the profits to their country of origin.
I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and talk at length to saviours of Australia, Aussie diggers, who stopped the Japanese advance in New Guinea. They fought to keep Australia free, for us to enjoy not being working slaves for another country.
To allow any country to purchase and control our inheritance is a failure of us as a nation to truly honour our fallen.
- Lyle Barlow, Tivoli