READERS DISCUSS: Cost to police of anti war protests
AS MORE peace protesters appear in court, police release information on how much it is costing the service to deal with the trespassers at Shoalwater Bay.
Here are what readers had to say:
Judith Crane - I would like to know where do these people think our soldiers should train to protect our country from ISIS . Or any other people who want to take over our Country. We can not put untrained soldiers in to fight with out training them first . So give our Soldiers training so they can protect our Country and the way we live . I do not like wars but we still need our army to protect what is ours.
Chantal Booth - That's the point they are attempting to make is that Australians should have nothing to do with war of any kind....They are living in their own private nirvana if they believe that is possible.
Rhonda Muldoon - It's a shame the protesters couldn't put their effort into helping those less fortunate instead of harassing those that are training to protect us. For example the 'silly old ducks' trying to give the soldiers tea and scones, I'm sure there are many local homeless people that would appreciate a cup of tea and scones during this cold spell. They are whinging about wasting tax payers money on the training, well aren't they hypocrites then because they are wasting it too on our police resources etc.
Chantal Booth - Protesting is one thing, but actually INTERFERING or TRESPASSING, no that is not on and YES the protesters should pay for it. Everyone has a right to their opinion and a right to be heard, but it doesn't do anyone any good to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. All they are doing is provoking ill will towards themselves by perpetrating these acts.
Andy Latimer - The protesters should pay for it,
Maria Finlay-Frenken - what is it with all these 'silly old buggars'? Do they have a death wish? They are old enough to know better and who would want a criminal record at their age? AND where are our boys and girls supposed to train.......
Kris Voice - How many of these people are actually local? does it have anything to do with them anyway? People who actually live in byfield seem quite content.
I'm embarrassed for our local area the way these people are carrying on.
Sarah Pratt - The army is bringing business into the local area so its actually good too. I'd rather have trained troops to protect us when the times comes than untrained!
Karen Ferry - They should be ashamed, using children to hold their signs and be their mouthpieces, when they don't fully understand what is going on. And the cost is passed onto the taxpayer if these people are on benefits. If so take their benefits them and send them to work.
Matthew Schirmer - Cant they just shoot them as it comes under terrorist laws who knows one could have a bomb and kill them you wouldn't know