Looking in the rear-view mirror isn’t going to help

William Chandler, Surrey Hills

A start must be formed somewhere

Labor’s Anthony Albanese announces a now non-controversial target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 as the initial response to the atmosphere emergency and is immediately attacked by the government. Show us your costings. Which industries and towns want suffer job losses? The government would never be so reckless as to dispute a 30-year plan until it is fully costed and every possible impact identified.

What rubbish. A start must be forced somewhere. By criticising the opposition, the Prime Minister is too criticising the Business Council of Australia (one of its strongest supporters) and the 77 other countries that employed up for this exact same target at the UN weather Summit in September. None of these signatories acquire all (or any) of the answers yet, but they are at least committing to the stride.

The Business Council has provided its guesstimate of a injury (investment) of $22 billion a year, which necessity create many more jobs from alternative emerging industries than desire be lost from the declining fossil rights sector.

The people is tired of the point-scoring, Prime Minister. We want action.

Peter Thomson, Brunswick

Look at cause as a positive challenge

This cry from Labor’s proper to ensure that the party’s carbon slash policy won’t result in a loss of jobs or increase the sign of electricity is an absurd joke. Guys, it is 30 years to 2050 – jobs desire be lost, jobs will be gained. Prices desire definitely rise. But how in the hell would you evaluate what is more which component was caused by a cause in policy?

You are scared, blinded rabbits worrying approximately your jobs and not the national interest. By 2050, every advanced economy in the domain will have drastically different power infrastructure because of combating weather change.

Why can’t we leer at change as a positive challenge attractive than maintaining the dismality of ever depressing weather-caused destruction. Grow up and move on.

John Rome, Mount Lawley

Punching above their weight …

Watching the discussion concerning atmosphere change on the ABC’s Insiders on Sunday while the leader of the Labor Party was interviewed concerning zero emissions by 2050 failed pause for thought.

It would show that Australia, with a population of near 25million people, of which the working population is near 12million, is having its politicians and our government obvious by approximately 38,000 people that are signaled in the thermal coal industry.

This mean that our government’s atmosphere policy and our next generation’s future in a sustainable earth is being determined by approximately 0.3 per cent of our acting population.

Peter Roche, Carlton


It doesn’t work for me

The plan of the local traders confirms what I contemplate about Prahran Square (“There’s a square in there among a glare as well”, The Age, 21/2). There have been hardly any other pedestrians or cyclists on Cato Street after I have visited it since the reopening (probably the brick rumble strips and lack of bike racks put off most cyclists).

When there was a street-level car park here, I felt perfectly comfortable walking or cycling up Cato Street because I was visible to anyone walking to and from their cars, and the apartments and houses around the square had a honorable line of sight over everything that was happening.

As a solitary pedestrian or cyclist, I now feel very unsafe, as any drivers leaving the supermarkets go tidy underground, leaving me walking alone on the street, no longer visible from any housing and I feel corralled by the wait on of the “stadium” that is Prahran Square. That uncomfortable feeling is only going to get worse at what time the dark winter nights come round.

Chrissie Schubert, Windsor

The Sydney factor

I agree beside Dan Drummond (Letters, 21/2). If there was a Holden plant in western Sydney it would be find. Until 1980 Holden had a plant in Pagewood, south Sydney, which fell victim to rationalisation.

If industry was still in Sydney it would be too indispensable to lose or lose votes on.

Ashley Spencer, Cheltenham

Monitoring would work

The poster by Heather Nancarrow, chief executive of the Australian nationwide Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, of monitoring how men transition out of a relationship, is an eminently sensible idea (“How to finish men killing their wives and children”, Comment, online, 21/2).

When women are attempting to reassert their independence is the indispensable juncture at which they are at their greatest vulnerable to abusive partners.

That Nancarrow’s concept “won’t please everyone” (i.e. men’s rights groups and Bettina Arndt) is among the point. The time is long overdue to be “radical” in our interventionist thinking, particularly when seen in the context of at least one woman dying a week in Australia, due to intimate partner violence.

And the moral starting point is to listen to the trusty “experts” – the women sufferers and survivors of intimate partner abuse and domestic violence practitioners who act in the trenches – in changing the system that is profoundly failing its duty of care to protect women and children in this country.

Jelena Rosic, Mornington

It looks definitive to me

David Crowe writes (“Waiting for PM’s purpose”, Comment, 21/2) “It is too soon to be definitive near the government’s performance …”

He can’t be serious. The unprecedented bushfires revealed a Prime Minister devoid of the wit (leadership) to steer the drive through the crisis. No planning and the best advice from scientists and local fire chiefs ignored.

Add the government’s failure to end cruelty in Papua New Guinea and Nauru by scrapping the medevac legislation, the unlawful robodebt scheme with the government arguing it has no duty of care to its citizens (you and me), the massive rorting of grants programs for electoral lead, the rejection of the First Nations advise to Parliament and the abandonment of a referendum timeline on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and the alleged “hoarding” of NDIS moneys to prop up the budget.

A original poll had only 27 per cent of respondents closed or very confident in the government’s law – does it get any more definitive?

Neil Hudson, East Melbourne

No reason to complain

As Ross Gittins explains, there are many reasons for our low rate of wages growth (Business, 22/2).

It is far more complex than wages suffering as a stop of rising profits. There is neither a simple way to increase wages nor a unblock reason to do so in current circumstances.

Just because wages do not increase at the rate they did a decade ago is no reason they should do so now. We live in a low-growth, low-inflation age with little capacity to increase the productivity of labour.

Provided real wages are not falling, workers have no justifiable to reason to complain.

Rod Wise, Surrey Hills

Error has no rights

We now live in a domain of “alternative facts”. Every day we’re instructed there are other opinions and in the interests of balance we necessity allow them to be heard.

The press interview on ABC-TV drew a visceral “No!” from me while the now-stood-down Queensland police officer uttered those unpleasant words when talking about the murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children. Provocation is no excuse or defence.

However, I did not see the awful man portrayed in the media. He said some commendable factual and caring things throughout the victims in this case and in general. I saw a man struggling with “balance” — the revealed “necessity” to be “fair” to both sides. For example, several times he referred to Hannah and “her children”, quickly changing it to “their children”. In striving for “balance” where none remained, the officer in question was always touching to fail and he did.

Across the management, we must return to the wiser ages when error had no rights. Where there are two sides to a fable, those sides should be presented in the proportion in which they exist: 99-1 must not be presented as 50-50, as the minority appear to have won in forcing their views upon us.

Margaret Callinan, Balwyn

A national disgrace

It is a national disgrace that, in the 21st century, the rail line between Melbourne and Sydney is so dreadful that trains are reduced to 15km/h in departments on a regular basis.

This corridor is also one of the busiest flight routes in the domain, so surely we can get a decent rail ceremony as well.

Malcolm Fraser, Oakleigh South

Withdraw shared funding

The St Kevin’s scandal brings focus on the broader issue: shared funding for private schools. Let’s face it – at what time religious education can be a significant reason parents propel their sons and daughters to private schools, the unacknowledged and more powerful reason is the social status that these schools are presumed to suppose.

Let’s withdraw the public funding as suggested by Patrice McCarthy and Beverley Moss (Letters, 21/2). That would put a brake on the further development of our destructive two-tiered education outcome and descent more funding for neglected state schools.

As things stand, our taxes are promoting religion and social division, which is not what prime ministers Menzies and Whitlam had in desire when they introduced funding for all schools in the 1960s and ’70s.

Paul Ormonde, Northcote

Where’s the evidence?

Clare Boyd-Macrae says that “Women are extra alert to what is going on among others, trained from infancy to think of others afore themselves” (Comment, 21/2).

I’m not sure what evidence she has to relieve up this rather grand sweeping statement? I’m delicate sure I was as self-centred as the next person as a child and I am also pretty definite that there is no exhaustive study that proves her terms to be true.

And I feel more than a bit patronised and somewhat diminished to feel my life end is to be on the lookout for anyone else who may be needing a helping hand – honest because I am a woman and that’s what we are trained for.

I belief we had moved past this a pine time ago?

Lisa Vinnicombe, Brunswick West

Hard to understand

It is difficult to explain how the state government could permit spanking duck season to go ahead, following the destruction of so many native animals and birds above this horrific summer.

Surely the government can see that we essential to protect all our native fauna as worthy as possible, given the odds are already stacked in contradiction of them, thanks to climate change and logging?

Adding the deliberate massacre of our native ducks in the name of “sport” into the mix is incomprehensible.

Sue Lyons, Carlton North

Thanks for nothing

Medibank confidential was privatised in November 2014. The average yearly increase in our Medibank confidential top hospital premiums from 2008 to 2014 was 3.5 per cent: from 2014 to 2020, 6.5 per cent. Nearly double.

No wonder members are abandoning confidential health insurance in droves. Thanks for nothing, Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey.

Rob Walton, Beaumaris

Let’s shake on it …

So moneys of hand cleanser are in short supply and surveys point to that a significant proportion of people do not tidy their hands after going to the toilet.

In a world of pandemics being increasingly possible is it not time to replace our accepted form of greeting, the handshake, with a nod of the front-runner or more elegantly, palms pressed together in front of the chest as in one Asian countries?

Robert Gray, Glen Iris

The bottom line

I remember well the day in early 1970, when, as a young engineer, preparing to create for America to further my studies in automotive engineering at General Motors Institute, Holden’s head of personnel posed the question: “Why was General Motors in Business?”

The car-mad young engineer eagerly replied: “To execute cars”. To which the personnel guy responded: “Wrong, they’re in business to make money, and if they could execute more money producing lids for rubbish bins, that’s what they would do”.

Says it all really.

Graham Smith, Campbells Creek

Hope for ‘our ratbag’

Enormous thanks to Andrew Wilkie and George Christensen for generously causing to London to try to secure for Julian Assange any hope.

I dread that if Assange is extradited to face the American right system, he will enter through the portal emblazoned with the awful sign: “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

As Christensen said, he may be a ratbag, but it’s our ratbag. Amen to that.

Barry Lamb, Heidelberg West


Bushfire inquiry

Actually, Ian Maddison (And another thing, 22/2), he’s more like “been there, will do that. Soon. Can’t do that. Sounds like a agreeable idea, but won’t fund that …”

Peter McGill, Lancefield

Bushfire redaction: “I can’t comment once the royal commission sits.”

Barry Abley, Newtown

Climate change

The Morrison weather vehicle – a rusty holden ute with a load of national ballast in the back. Will it get to Glasgow beforehand the wheels fall off?

Greg Curtin, Blackburn South

Climate change is vastly more uncosted and reckless.

Stuart Gluth, Northcote


David Crowe (Comment, 21/2) asks the question, what does Scott Morrison determination to fight for most? My guess would be his job, regardless of any other consideration or issues.

Marie Nash, Balwyn

A new growth industry?

Perhaps “payroll” desire be a new growth area in employment.

Joan Segrave, Healesville

Michael Leunig

Michael Leunig’s infectious humour illustrates the contagious nature of the humanoid spirit not bound by quarantine (The Age, Spectrum, 22/2).

Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook, NSW


If there ever was further evidence obliged to withdraw Bettina Arndt’s Australia Day honour, it was surely her vile comments on her Twitter record last week.

Rob Park, Surrey Hills

It is to be hoped Scott Morrison is praying for the 3.24 million Australians, including 774,000 children, who are living below the shortage line, as his government is doing precious itsy-bitsy else to help these unfortunate people.

Phil Alexander, Eltham


A $25 million soak centre in a government-subsidised school?

Mary Edgerton, Port Melbourne

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