A PM out of contact
Scott Morrison has simply put one other nail in his coffin. He’s out of contact with the inhabitants of Australia. Fast antigen exams needs to be free, they save the federal government a fortune against PCR exams and it’s not simply the folks with the cash to have the ability to afford them who wish to be accountable.
Rita Reid, Port Melbourne
US on the slide
Farrah Tomazin’s insightful article, ″The Capitol assault was Trump’s costume rehearsal″ (The Age, 1/1) gives clear proof that the as soon as nice United States is now effectively on the street to changing into an undemocratic nation whose affect and significance is already waning.
Ought to Donald Trump make a shocking comeback in 2024, tens of hundreds of thousands of reasonable People will reject the result and an already bitterly divided nation will descend into chaos.
The US was the world chief all through a lot of the twentieth century. By the top of this century it is going to be simply one other ″run of the mill″ second-rate banana republic.
James Younger, Mt Eliza
It provides up
To all correspondents bemoaning the extent of promoting dietary supplements in The Age, simply be grateful they permit the print version to stay commercially viable. No advertisements, no paper. Simply recycle or, as I do, rip out the UAP advertisements and compost as they deserve.
Caroline Leslie, Hawthorn
Classes to be learnt
From the beginning of this pandemic well being consultants and politicians have adjusted their considering as new info, new applied sciences and new variants and case numbers have developed. Each time they do there may be criticism; too late, too early, too little, an excessive amount of, too complicated, who’s responsible.
Definitely there was errors but in addition a lot that has gone proper.
It has by no means been solely the federal government’s accountability to cope with COVID, it is usually every particular person and enterprise and company which have made up our collective response. Finally this shall be over and now we have a chance to return out of it a wiser, more healthy and higher ready for the inevitable disaster that come sooner or later. There may be a lot to be realized from this international and nationwide expertise and I hope that each political events promise to ascertain a joint state-federal apolitical fee of inquiry to document our COVID expertise. Not as a method of assigning blame however to maneuver forwards, fixing the weaknesses which have been revealed and getting ready for the following main occasion.
Graeme Henchel, Yarra Glen
Acts of cruelty
Tris Raouf (Letters, 1/1) asks us to not neglect our feathered buddies on this scorching climate. And let’s not neglect the sheep and cattle with no shade to guard them from the warmth. Failing to offer shelter for farmed animals needs to be deemed an act of cruelty and punished accordingly. We can assist scale back their struggling by switching to a plant-based weight-reduction plan.
Jennifer Moxham, Monbulk