Letters tothe Editor, Casey Weekly

Re: Medical centre ‘eyesore’
Nanjing Night Net

Didn’t the Casey Weekly report of looming doctor shortages on August 3, 2010? I think Casey residents need to make up their minds about what they want.

Brett58 (via web)

Time to get angry

Are you angry that we are going to pay more for our water and sewerage? If you are not, you should be, because the extra costs will go into someone else’s pocket.

Ever since Jeff Kennett made the foolish move of privatising utilities, we have had nothing but rising costs, because private consortiums have to make a profit to pay shareholders a dividend.

If you can’t afford to pay your water bill, what are you going to do? You can’t catch and store enough water to keep you in water and you don’t have a big enough garden for a septic system, which you will also need, as you won’t be able to afford sewerage.

Also apply this to electricity. If retailers keep putting up the price to keep their shareholders sweet, how will you run your fridge, TV, pump, lights, heating, cooling, etc, as there is no alternative to electricity. You can’t run your TV on gas.

Lastly, there is the service charge, which we never had before privatisation. This is used by the private consortiums to get around the government’s attempts to freeze the utility price by saying it costs more for services.

I am not saying privatisation is wrong in every case, just in water, sewerage and electricity for which there is no alternative. We have to do something about this. Sitting back and hoping it will go away doesn’t work. Any ideas?

Maurice Quinn, Cranbourne East

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