LETTERS to the editor from the Stirling Times, May 21 edition.
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I have asked Melita Markey (the Labor candidate for Stirling) to explain the Labor policy on franking credits.
If Bill Shorten is saying that it is a gift that Australia cannot afford, why is there not a level playing field in Labor’s policy?
Pensioners and not-for-profit organisations, which could include unions, are exempt from the policy and will continue to receive franking credits.
A pensioner receiving a dollar pension is no different from the hard-working retiree who is just outside the pension and receives nothing from government handouts.
This will push more retirees on to the pension.
If Labor believes that franking credits are a gift, then there should no exemptions. Removal of franking credits should apply to all Australians.
I found the reasons given by City of Stirling as to why they could not reach the tree canopy target disingenuous.
The vital reasons why are:
– There is no legislation that can be used by any planning authority to stop a developer bulldozing every tree, shrub and other vegetation even if the trees are along the boundary;
– The City will do nothing to stop the destruction because there is a conflict of interest eg more rates;
– It is nothing to do with ordinary “mums and dads” selling their quarter acre block. The clear felling decision is made by the developer; and
– Even if feedback or a submission is made by the community, it is ignored.
A recent example is the so-called development of the Dianella Plaza Shopping Centre. All the iconic trees that provide shade will be bulldozed. I made a submission but the mature trees will all go.