Give our cricketers a chance
It is with interest and sadness that I have read about the incident in South Africa.
Sure, the boys cheated and behaved poorly, but they are not alone.
Many years ago when I played on mats, we always knew that if we were batting that day, to put the mats out with less tension so the bowlers wouldn't get the bounce and pace off the wicket.
Consequently, when we bowled, the mats were pulled tighter to benefit us.
Fair play, no, but every club did it.
Then on turf wickets, sometimes the wicket was cut to an inch of its life when we batted, but somehow, the following week, it was green and bouncy.
Fair play, no, but most clubs did it.
What about when the ball rolled over the line onto the stones, you would roll it back along or have it bounce a few times to take the shine off the ball.
Fair play, no, but most did it.
So, these young men have made a huge mistake and I hope they get back to cricket – Smith and Bancroft especially.
Cricket will be far better off for what has happened.
Give it time.
It is still a great game.
John Pattison, Warrnambool
Taxpayer money gone
Make no mistake, rorting and cheating are part of Labor’s DNA.
Daniel Andrews is the Premier who presides over a party which has systematically cheated and rorted the Victorian taxpayer while in opposition and in Government.
The Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass described a scheme that saw $380,000 of taxpayer’s money used for Labor’s 2014 election campaign as deceitful, as trickery and wrong.
But Daniel Andrews professes because Labor paid the money back, it’s all okay and no further action needs to be taken.
If any other Victorian stole from their employer, they would lose their job.
Why is this any different?
Twenty one current and former MPs were named as being part of this, including six ministers – but other MPs, including the Premier, refused to co-operate with the ombudsman’s investigation.
They took the matter all the way to top – the High Court of Australia.
The question must be asked what were they, and what are they continuing to try and hide?
Labor also spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer’s money trying to stop the ombudsman’s investigation.
The question must be asked – what are they hiding?
Daniel Andrews must provide an answer to this question.
Daniel Andrews is the Premier who continues to accept the votes of the former speaker and deputy speaker, who rorted more than $130,000 of taxpayers money for allowances they were not entitled to claim.
But that’s not where it ends – another Labor MP stands accused of providing false invoices to parliament, claiming payments for printing work that was never done.
Then there was the now retired Minister who chauffeured his pampered pooches around the state in a taxpayer funded limousine and let’s not get started on inappropriate gestures in the chamber, verbal abuse in the lift or the public slanging match between senior Labor MPs in the Parliament’s dining room.
When it comes to lectures on morality, Daniel Andrews and Labor do not have a leg to stand on.
Roma Britnell MP, Member for South West Coast
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