Monday, 31 July 2006

Policies questioned

The Standard (Warrnambool), Page: 6
Saturday, 29 July 2006

THE Liberal Party's policies for country Victoria could see a clamp on new wind farms and a reduction in the number of poker machines. But are these really the right solutions? While poker machines have created gambling problems for some people, for others they are a fun social outlet. They can also be an attraction for visiting tourists. Would reducing their number in Warrnambool solve any gambling problems? Not likely.

Wind farms should be encouraged as an alternative form of energy. Although their siting in pristine coastal or tourism areas must be regulated and the views of local residents considered, governments should be advancing the concept.