It’s about habitability
Extensive powers for the state government to enact developments (″Council Planning Under Threat of State Powers″, 15/1) puts an end to any suggestion that there is such a thing as the planning in Victoria.
With the reason often given as “being of importance to the state” and “economic benefit”, taking into account the local character, the ability of road and public transport infrastructure to cope, as well as various other infrastructures , the coziness and livability of many parts of Melbourne and the region. cities is in steady decline.
Local democracy is canceled from the minister’s chair. As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, there is an opportunity to provide effective long-term economic stimulus through broad-based industrial policy, instead it looks like the easy option will be taken of development by fiat.
Mathew Knight, East Malvern
Bring the ADF
The ″ADF editorial could help end the aged care mess″ (15/1) rightly points out that during bushfires, floods and other national emergencies, staff at the ADF has been called for help, and asks the question: why not now?
There is no reason why they cannot be called upon to assist with general duties in aged care facilities, where the situation is dire, as well as driving food delivery trucks to supermarkets and to help pick fruit and vegetable crops that would otherwise go to waste. The Prime Minister must act now, before the situation deteriorates. It is an emergency, after all.
Joy Hayman, Blackburn North
Will the penny go down?
The government says it would cost $200 million a week to provide free rapid antigen tests.
At $10 a test, around 20 million tests are expected to be performed each week. Week after week. With our population of 25 million, I doubt it. The government claims to be the best money manager.
When we see the billions of dollars overspent on JobKeeper and compare that to the cost of much-needed RAT tests, one can only conclude that this government is a bit reckless, a crazy pound.
Dan Drummond, Leongatha
Hear the train coming
For God’s sake, you complain about the train horns (Letters, 15/1).
Don’t you realize that along the line there are signs for drivers, indicating where to honk. They are used as a risk management tool, informing road users of an approaching train. Just another security measure.
Yes, we live along a railway line with a pedestrian crossing in front of the house and another after. You can’t hear the trains anymore.
horns of joy
Depending on where you live, the sound of a car horn brings great joy – ties you firmly to your community. Down here, it’s the fog horn, the ship’s horn, the French horn and the steam train.
You can’t complain.
Margaret Skeen, Point Lonsdale
I don’t understand why governments allow cryptocurrency transactions. First, it is speculation that has no economic value. People don’t put their money into the production of goods and services. Second, coin mining apparently uses as much energy as a small country, which does little to reduce global warming. Third, and probably most important, they are the ideal vehicle for concealing the proceeds of organized crime.
There is a well-known mantra in criminal investigations: follow the money. Well, sorry, you can’t.
I wouldn’t worry at all if some people lost money if cryptos were banned. They were simply there to make money, without doing anything for it.
Aidan Sudbury, East Malvern
The decorum of a racket
Geof Carne (Letters, 16/1), the best sanction for tennis players at the Australian Open for damaging a racquet during play would be to force the player to continue using said racquet. This would induce a little more decorum in the contest.
Martin Newington, Aspendale
Novak Djokovic’s visa is again canceled on the grounds that his presence in Australia “could disrupt the civil order and undermine its response to the pandemic”. So how come Craig Kelly, Clive Palmer and George Christensen get away with doing just that on the streets of capitals? It smacks of double standards again. They should also be held accountable.
Nick Toovey, Beaumaris
Go well, teacher
Who cares about wandering tennis players? All my thoughts and best wishes go out to a true Australian hero – Professor Mary-Louise McLaws who, after helping us fight a pandemic, is now fighting her own personal fight.
Margaret Simons eloquently explains what many of us think (“Let’s Talk About What Really Matters,” 1/15). How did we get here ?
How did we let a tennis player’s vaccination status invade the media? Now is a great time to reflect or, as Simons suggests, “an opportunity to think anew.” We live in the midst of the twin crises of a pandemic and climate change, and our government is not holding itself accountable either. To maintain some form of morality, the public and the media must therefore stand up for what really matters.
Our current preference for consuming media based on ″novelty″ rather than hard truths may well be our undoing. Novelty will not solve any of the big problems or make life more liveable for those who suffer now or in the future. A change is needed.
Amy Hiller, Kew
Just human fault
The next time Novak Djokovic blames a linesman for a disputed call, the official will just have to cite human error, and all will be forgiven.
Ralph Lewis, Canterbury
Yes for the Head of State
Tom Ormonde (Letters, 15/1) says the way to get an Australian republic is to accept the appointment of a prime minister. Wrong. No one wants more captain picks. But he’s right about the title – not president, just head of state.
Meredith Doig, St Kilda East
Well done, PM
Before COP26, Scott Morrison and Angus Taylor gave us “the blueprint” to get to net zero emissions by 2050. There was a lot of technology; some not yet invented.
We were told that “Australia will continue to build on its emissions reduction record and meet its targets the Australian way”, whatever that is.
In the article “Morrison’s way” (15/1), he says, ″I know everything I have to do. I know what the path looks like. And I step on it.″
In December, Morrison said: “Of course we take Omicron and COVID seriously, but we also appreciate the way of life and the way of life that we have in Australia.”
It seems that instead of three-word slogans, we now have a three-letter word – “way”. So that’s Morrison’s way of talking about having a way.
But in reality, most Australians know we are a long way from effective climate action, and many hope Morrison is gone after the election.
Ray Peck, Hawthorn
Who is to govern?
In Deborah Snow’s interview with the Prime Minister (15/1), he is quoted as saying he is always focused on problem solving, not politics. It’s hard to decide whether this is just nonsense — there’s no such thing as apolitical problem solving — or the exact opposite of reality. Scott ″I don’t hold a pipe″ Morrison doesn’t care about solving problems unless they become political problems. It would be nice to have a Prime Minister who really wants to govern.
Robert van Krieken,
Mount Stuart, Tas
Both summer and fall nuisances could be dealt with quite easily with a little creativity. Ban duck shooting and declare an open season for jet ski pilots. Unlike poor ducks, jet skiers are unfortunately not an endangered species. It makes sense to me.
Peter Dodds, Montmorency
The Age of Fantasy
How good it will be to see next Saturday’s front page of The Age say:
″OUT! All Park Hotel asylum seekers released from detention!! And the Murugappan family sent back to Biloela and Julian Assange sent back to Australia with his family.″
AND SOMETHING ELSE
COVID trials. Who gives a rat?
Graham Cadd, Dromana
Rising RATS Prices: Can-Do Capitalism in Action.
Mike Puleston, Braunschweig
Never in the field of human health has so much been endangered for so many people by so few!
John Brodie, Alphington
Can I have the lock, please? I don’t like to ″let it rip″.
Barbara Lynch, South Yarra
The Djokovic fiasco comes down to one question. Why did he get a visa in the first place?
Ross Hudson, Mount Martha
The downside of eviction: He can’t be booed out of court.
Bernd Rieve, Brighton
Hawke Eye – an immigration review of the political circumstances of the time.
Peter Randles, Pascoe Vale South
Bitcoiners, remember the Tulip Bubble burst in February 1637!
Russell Castle, Creswick
The government plans to spend $3.5 billion on the tanks. How much water will they capture?
Greg Lee, Red Hill
The only thing Scott Morrison has planned is his re-election as Prime Minister.
Ian Wilkinson, Mont Marthe
The Prime Minister gave anti-vaxxers equal billing to medical experts, like the bogus equivalence Coalition skeptics received on climate scientists.
Greg Curtin, Blackburn South
Scott, Josh, Pete, Greg and Alex form a boy band: No Direction.
Raymond Kenyon, Camberwell
″We will decide who will receive cruel and inhuman treatment at our borders.″
Russell Ogden, Inverloch
Hooray. Tennis returns to the front page. This time an unpretentious champion of the sport. Ash Barty.
Denis Evans, Cobourg