Botched from the outset
I HAVE just received my Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, and am shocked to find how slack the security is on this process.
One merely needs to mark the Yes or No box, pop the form in the supplied reply-paid envelope, and mail it. There is no way of showing (by signature etc) that the form has actually been completed by the person to whom it is sent.
What is to prevent, for example, strong supporters of either side raiding letterboxes after the postie has been around (very easy with a block of flats), removing the letters, and sending back masses of falsified responses?
This whole operation has been a botch-up from the start.
Mike Puleston, Brunswick
Yes, it may save lives
SO why have I decided to vote yes for marriage equality? Because I read in the Herald Sun that the suicide rate in Australia is three times higher than the road toll.
It’s no secret that suicide among gay boys and girls is disturbingly high, due no doubt to the feeling a gay person has of being constantly ostracised by society — shut out from a world in which he or she wants to have a little pride and, above all, acceptance.
I have two beautiful young grandchildren and they may end up being in the common estimate of 10 per cent of people who are gay.
Should that happen, I would want to wish them every love and support in the world.
And to argue they shouldn’t choose to be gay is like arguing that someone shouldn’t be left-handed. It just happens.
Maybe my yes vote today will bring them a happier inclusive life in the future. Don’t we want that for all our children, no matter what?
Chris Ball, Strathmore
Marriage still valid
LINDA Coote (YS, Sept 15), I did not marry my husband under the understanding that marriage is between a man and a woman. I married him because I loved him and wanted to share my life with him.
Allowing same-sex couples to marry in no way, shape or form decreases or impairs the importance or validity of my marriage. What it does do is allow all people to have the same rights as me.
Religious groups do not have the “copyright” on what the definition of marriage is.
Jacqui Hau, Grovedale
Vote for despite din
LIKE most of us, I have been deafened by the relentless rhetoric of the yes campaign, but before you vote No out of pure annoyance, please consider this.
Voting Yes doesn’t mean you support hardcore and self-serving Lefty apologists — it simply means, like me, you think those gays and lesbians in your work and personal life are OK just the way they are.
It is as simple as that. Alastair Mckenzie, Port Melbourne
Settlers were stoic
JANUARY 26, 1788, was no “invasion day”. On arrival that week, Governor Phillip ordered that no native was to be molested. Consequently, the first hanging involved a convict who stole fishing tackle from a native.
The first settlers were not genocidal invaders. However, had the Vikings, Spaniards or Portuguese arrived earlier, it most likely would have been so.
Rarely is anything mentioned of the convicts arriving here as slaves in chains, being flogged, worked to death, and hung for the most trivial offences. It was only through their toil, suffering, stoic persistence, and their descendants, that Australia has become the most liveable country in the world.
If not for the first settlers, the likes of Yarra council would not be basking in decaf socialism, generous salaries, additional perks and prestige cycling.
I will always celebrate Australia Day on January 26. Indigenous or not, we are all Australians with something in common, in that we hold deep cultural roots in this country.
There is no other place I could ever call home.
Lou Coppola, Hawthorn East
Flies in the face of fair
I HOPE all Australians were as disgusted and angry as I was when I read of the Alan Joyce remuneration of $25 million last year.
This figure is totally offensive, and beyond all sense of reality in any country in the world.
There are so many reasons why such an amount is unacceptable, especially when there are people dying because they cannot afford necessary health care, and others living in poverty struggling to feed their families.
The directors responsible for this obscene amount should be held to account, and asked why Qantas has become a profitmaking organisation.
Ask the workers who have been sacked, and the customers experiencing less than acceptable service with all the cutbacks.
I would hope he donates a large proportion of his income to worthy causes. Phil Truslove, Altona
Adios to peaceful life
A SPANISH conglomerate, in its race to grab huge profits from subsidies offered by the Victorian government, is prepared to sacrifice the livelihoods of many people in the small Western District town of Hawkesdale.
It’s planning an industrial wind farm consisting of 26 turbines, the closest being just over 1km from the Hawkesdale township boundary.
These wind turbines, with flashing red lights, will be 180m tall. The clearance between the West Gate Bridge and the Yarra River is 58m.
People have good reason to be concerned about the noise level as they can clearly hear, on a windy day, the Macarthur wind farm, which is about 12km away.
I am in favour of the government’s renewable energy policies but consideration needs to be given to siting wind farms away from rural communities. Hawkesdale has 432 people, 165 houses and a prep-year 12 school with 215 students.
Both our federal and state governments are focused on affordable housing, yet the Victorian government is prepared to risk sacrificing a rural community that offers affordable housing to grant an amendment to a planning permit to a an overseas company for turbines.
M. McCosh, Hawkesdale
Hijacked by ideology
CONTRARY to what various writers have said, Labor is the party of higher energy costs, as fully attested by the South Australian and Victorian governments.
In government hands, electricity is financially bereft.
We once were the lucky state in a lucky country until we got hijacked by Labor-assisted ideologues.
Mal Alexander, Vermont
Carbon cost is coming
AS a country resident, I intend to get a generator to cope with any power blackouts this summer. There must be many people considering this.
If we have a blackout and I fire up, I will be creating carbon gases with my petrol or diesel motor. What about the carbon cost of all these generators being used? I wonder if it’s worse than running one big one. Peter Barker, Cohuna
A sporting chance?
WOMEN’S sport deserves just as much time on the news as men’s.
Reportedly, horse racing receives more airtime than women’s sport in Australian television news. Surely women are better than horses?
Male sport makes up 81 per cent of TV sports news coverage.
There are so many awesome women athletes. The women’s national basketball league (WNBL) last season was not even broadcast.
To all those news channels that don’t care about women’s success in sport, it just isn’t good enough.
Mack Mitchell, Patterson Lakes