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ROGER FRINSDORF: The article by Kevin Naughton hits the spot (Report slams State’s high traffic fines, InDaily, 19 December 2013).

Recently I drove to Gilles Street in the city and crossed 60km/h, 50, 40, and back up to 50, speed limits in less than one kilometre. How can you possibly maintain a reasonable speed limit? The fine for driving 10km/h over the limit is $400 plus three demerit points – this has nothing to do with road safety.

As the legislation is so easy to change in current parliamentary terms, fines are becoming the easy way out. Our toothless RAA merely acquiesces, and the government with its Ministerial cars doesn’t care. The taxi association and transport groups as well as the general public need to act. No-one wants so-called hoon drivers who are generally unlicensed, but families who rely on their cars for work school and general use are being unjustly penalised,

A loss of licence (which can happen in one day) can jeopardise a whole family’s income. As for the who say “don’t speed”, all I can say is get a life and realise it’s ordinary people who are being hurt.

MARCO DE’CORSO: Our politicians, in their desperate effort to win votes, continually give away our money to large and, in many cases, foreign-owned corporations with the spin that it keeps people employed. It would be interesting to assess where the money actually went and who got the benefit: the Australian economy or the overseas economy?

Why aren’t these funds and tax breaks put towards Australian-owned companies who employ, say, 10 employees or more instead of foreign manufacturers? We the Australian owned businesses are penalized with payroll and other taxes while foreign companies are given tax breaks and hand-outs. Time to become nationalistic , not in the American way but in the quite genuine Aussie way by supporting our own.

It is time to compete in the real world. We may no longer be the lucky country if we don’t.

TERENCE MCMAHON: The review of  The Railway Man mentions the construction of a transistor radio. The transistor was not developed until 1947, after the war was over.

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