All ages, sexes and ethnic backgrounds look to think the regulations don’t utilize to them. Let’s hope people today in other locations are more regulation-abiding.
Howard Brownscombe, Brighton
This is the motive for the five-kilometre rule
Certainly, critically, the 5-kilometre radius is there for a purpose (“Explain the 5km rule”, Letters, 17/7). It’s to stop recalcitrant twerps from travelling any further more than they have to have to.
I would have thought the growing quantity of COVID-19 situations and exposure web sites ranging from Phillip Island to Bacchus Marsh would have explained to your correspondent why the lockdown limit is in place.
If that is not enough, a person in Mildura who attended the Carlton-Geelong AFL match in Melbourne has now examined constructive.
John Cain, McCrae
Bunching together defies social distancing
We have a regional cafe, reverse a park, that serves pretty fantastic takeaway coffee and so forth.
It is not abnormal to rely 50 patrons outside. However they appear to be to come across estimating the required 1.5-metre length between people today difficult. They bunch alongside one another with no hole between teams or men and women, consuming meals and consume devoid of masks, seemingly oblivious that this hottest COVID variant is hugely infectious and that there are lively publicity websites in this place.
With a park reverse, where distancing is no situation, a person can only wonder at their way of thinking.
Jenny Callaghan, Hawthorn
Now I can not vacation to Brunswick, enable by yourself Broome
This week will be my birthday, and I’ll be 67. I was intended to be travelling in the Kimberley with five of my dearest buddies to celebrate. Even so, now I just cannot travel to Brunswick, allow on your own Broome. I won’t legally be able to commit the day with my cherished adult little ones either.
As an alternative, I’ll wait anxiously and fearfully for the excited rhetoric from politicians and by no means-previously-read-of-bureaucrats extolling the need to “go early, go hard”, breathlessly outlining in the trivialities, the quantities tests positive, their ages, where they drank, ate, get the job done and are living.
They magnanimously communicate of “wrapping their arms” around the rather small amount of people in isolation. I’m thinking about the 6 million of the relaxation of us, awash with tension and cortisol, suppressing personal immune units, predisposing a tsunami of long term well being difficulties that, alongside with the currently eye-watering debt incurred, our kids will need to fund. It’s a little bit bleak.
Piri Davidson, St Kilda West
A lousy reflection on us
Ross Gittins (“Reform is not a soiled term if we all gain, not just the loaded and powerful”, Business enterprise, 17/7) demonstrates that Scott Morrison has very little obvious fascination in addressing extensive-time period nationwide troubles.
The Coalition pays lip support to worries like weather modify and evolving schooling demands. At the exact same time, Mr Morrison treats us like venal fools by implying that there are no charges associated with past coverage failures and that the high quality of crucial expert services can be taken care of with no an sufficient tax base. His time horizon stops at the subsequent election.
I am struck by the similarity with some company kinds of previous a long time. Inspired by considerable small-time period incentives, accredited by incompetent boards, they drove up short-phrase revenue and pocketed large bonuses. When they moved on to greener pastures, they left behind demoralised, gutted organisations, and rueful shareholders.
The Coalition achievement in pleasing to our hip pockets and latent xenophobia is developing substantial problems for long run generations and ruining our global name. What a legacy and what a reflection on our gullibility.
Norman Huon, Port Melbourne
You get what you pay back for
The OECD exhibits Australia to be the lowest-taxed country of our trading companions. It is distinct that the federal government’s election mantra “taxes will always be much less with us” is correct.
So, in distinction to other more compact nations like Sweden, Israel, Finland and Singapore, we are shedding the research, technologies, schooling and carbon reduction races.
This is not astonishing, as we deficiency vision, motivation, courage and funding to do far better. Our grandchildren will confront the outcomes, for as Gittins reminds us, “you get what you spend for”.
John Miller, Toorak
You just can’t guess on them
Your correspondent (“A double standard”, Letters, 17/7) wonders why sporting fixtures with 1000’s of thrilled admirers can be permitted in this COVID-19 cautious setting but we are so careful about “kids singing and taking part in musical instruments in schools”.
The very basic reply is this – no one can location a bet on the kids.
Mark Bennett, Manifold Heights
At odds with his ‘vision’
Possibly Victorian Opposition Chief Michael O’Brien requires to transform the assertion on his website, which states “I have labored to current a constructive vision and superior way ahead for Victoria”.
However, with uninteresting monotony, Mr O’Brien every day spends time non-halt carping about the Andrews government’s decisive and apparent steps in working with the COVID-19 pandemic.
He will need only glance north to the Berejiklian government’s lockdown-lite solution to the hottest outbreak to see the disastrous implications of locking down late and not clearly defining critical corporations.
I realize that opposition leaders have to have to hold the ruling government accountable, but appropriate now Victorians have experienced sufficient of adverse and baseless criticisms.
Adjust your media and communications messaging in line with your on line assertion, Mr O’Brien, and you could get far more Victorians listening far more intently to what you have to say.
Prue Blackmore, Carlton North
Tax is not a stress
Tax reform is so desperately desired in Australia at this time.
Fairly than supplying tax cuts to business and the now rich, a complete reform of the technique that benefits in a extra equitable distribution of tax, commences to pay back off the deficit and presents suitable funding to our overloaded hospitals is crucial.
Tax is not a burden — it’s a prerequisite that money government products and services. The inexpensive, political marketing of “tax cuts” hurts us all in the lengthy operate.
Graeme Henderson, Bullengarook
Let’s get rid of it
I sympathise with your correspondent (“A absence of leadership”, Letters, 17/7), but alternatively than seeking for a central govt that is “capable of making well timed and proper decisions”, allow us abolish the federal federal government and make all the states different nations.
Then we can have right borders with passports and avoid numerous of the condition-Commonwealth arguments. Not certain what to do about the Northern Territory, and what’s still left of the ACT could, of system, be absorbed into New South Wales.
Dave Torr, Werribee
The states have stepped up
Your correspondent (“A lack of leadership”, Letters, 17/7) is place on. It is the condition governments that have performed the front-line purpose in the COVID-19 pandemic. As they have experienced operational duty when outbreaks arise, they get the perception of urgency that is expected.
State governments have not all been equal in this task, but they have all performed a immediate aspect.
The federal government’s role, alternatively, appears after removed. Their pivotal responsibility to retain us protected is to facilitate a detailed vaccine rollout, and organise objective-developed quarantine services.
The states’ accomplishment in the previous at quashing outbreaks has taken the urgency absent from the federal govt, which has learnt as well late, as have we all, that “it is a race”.
Jane Robins, Moonee Ponds
He was a great union gentleman
Many thanks to John Silvester for a excellent tale about retired policeman Bryan Harding (“The policeman who was a pacifist”, Bare City, The Age, 17/7).
As very well as remaining an fantastic member of Victoria Law enforcement, Harding was a experienced negotiator and successful chief of the Police Affiliation.
When not appreciated by all of his customers, I recall Bryan as remaining the most extraordinary of all law enforcement union secretaries in the course of my 14 years as a union formal.
James Young, Mount Eliza
Transform them off
If it actually only usually takes a couple seconds for the Delta variant of COVID-19 to be transmitted amongst people today by means of the air, then the electric hand-dryers need to be turned off in all community bathrooms. They stimulate the motion of air in an enclosed room.
Carmel McNaught, Balwyn North
Give them a split
As a 72-calendar year-previous lady, I moved home 2 times this calendar year from the country to the city to be nearer to my spouse and children, and from a non permanent dwelling to my new residence. I expected four independent furnishings removals and was just fortunate the timing of the sale and invest in of my outdated and new houses – and my relocations – equipped in with there staying no limitations on movement.
I genuinely discover it abominable that the NSW home furnishings removalists, who, following all, were being just undertaking their jobs (and most likely currently being paid least wages) are copping the sort of criticism staying aimed at them. You should give these weak individuals a crack.
Just count you fortunate if you haven’t experienced to go in the earlier 18months – and that you have not experienced to work at a work the place every single day you go an individual else’s furnishings as your way of earning a extremely small living.
Jill Loorham, Seaford
Heritage at threat
There is a proposal before VCAT that a five-storey building be approved in a Environment Heritage zone. That zone, by entire world UNESCO settlement, guarantees that the perspective of the Royal Exhibition Making dome is not obscured. Even two storeys would do so.
Those of us in the vicinity are much concerned that these types of a constructing would be out of context with heritage values. Historic Gertrude Street by itself would be greatly broken.
The proposed setting up could perfectly be sited in Collingwood or Richmond, exactly where there are quite a few vacant blocks for improvement.
This VCAT subject must issue all heritage-delicate men and women.
Graeme Lee, Fitzroy
A narrow definition
Humanists Australia CEO Heidi Nicholl, plainly unsympathetic to everything she regards as “religion”, appears to urge readers to weaponise their census responses as a means of denying spiritual organisations any useful resource allocations based mostly on census details (“Census time to mark ‘No Religion’”, Comment, 16/7).
Nicholl’s obvious definition of “religion” is attendance at church, mosque, temple or synagogue, and she urges non-attendees to mark their census “No religion”. This sort of a narrow and, dare a person say, ignorant definition.
For several people, “religion” requires belief and religion in something larger than, and outside of, the fast self and observance of the teachings and customs of that faith.
And although not denying the abominable abuse perpetrated by some, it is typically spiritual religion that galvanises and girds these out functioning, with toes on the ground, hearts, palms, time and funds, generally at a degree that is sacrificial, for the support and profit of the very poor, the susceptible, the struggling and the marginalised.
How many humanist and atheist organisations do the exact same?
Susan Caughey, Glen Iris
Beneficial and inspiring
How to endure prison and solitary confinement (“Academic goes from ‘solitary’ to ‘settled’”, The Age, 17/7) will be useful and inspiring for everyone on their very own for a extended time.
Numerous many thanks to Kylie Moore-Gilbert for sharing and to your reporter Wendy Tuohy.
Barbara Fraser, Burwood
The ‘costing’ folly
Barnaby Joyce, what is the change concerning dropping our habitable land or territory to a foreign invader or to climate adjust?
You would not desire a entire prepare with costing to protect our land from a overseas invader, so why the want for a totally costed system from local climate alter ?
John Groom, Bentleigh
How did they get in?
Countless numbers of Australian citizens are desperately making an attempt to occur home from overseas but are battling substantial charges, flight cancellations, quarantine specifications and restricted limits on arrival quantities in Australia.
In what bizarre universe were entry permits granted to American movie star Caitlyn Jenner and English commentator Katie Hopkins, who has amused herself by mocking our quarantine procedures? The lunatics have certainly taken over the asylum.
April Baragwanath, Geelong
AND Yet another Factor
Pursuing Michael O’Brien’s latest reviews, I’m supporting him in the role of opposition leader.
Bruce Dudon, Woodend
Contacting Scott Morrison the Key Minister for New South Wales is not correct. We all know he’s the Key Minister for Sydney.
Tony Lenten, Glen Waverley
If only Victorians could vote in the NSW point out election. The upcoming put removalists change up would be Gladys Berejiklian’s office.
Patrick Toohey, Balwyn North
Provided the sports activities rorts and the station vehicle parks applications, there is no purpose to expect COVID guidance to be even-handed.
Geoff Gowers, Merricks North
Visualize, if you can, a Delta COVID-19 outbreak in an era before cell phones.
Dennis Richards, Cockatoo
And it is Scott Morrison working properly driving the discipline. He stood in the gates not realising he was in a race.
Mark Ruseler, Geelong
Scott Morrison, can you please immediate some of your renowned Christine Holgate fury at English commentator Katie Hopkins for flouting quarantine rules.
John Walsh, Watsonia
The virus doesn’t move, individuals go it. We prevent moving, the virus stops moving and it dies. It is that uncomplicated.
John Hart, Bright
Postcode 3931 is without doubt the non-donning mask winner in the Larger Melbourne location.
William Hines, Mornington
Gladys Berejiklian, the goose that broke the golden egg.
David Gray, Mount Martha
Will the Key Minister’s chef introduce “humble pie” to the Kirribilli dining room menu for when Scott Morrison subsequent entertains the NSW Leading?
Ian Maddison, Parkdale
Can we have Jeroen Weimar as the upcoming coach of Collingwood.
John Russell, Bonbeach
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