Bol­lards are a bad look

Herald Sun - - YOUR SAY -

I UN­DER­STAND the need for the bol­lards in our city, though it is sad that this is the world we live in now.

I ap­pre­ci­ate their in­stal­la­tion is for peo­ple’s safety, but surely we can do bet­ter. They just look dread­ful and do noth­ing at all to add to the land­scape of the city.

Why can’t the Mel­bourne City Coun­cil use them bet­ter? For ex­am­ple, host a school com­pe­ti­tion for schools to take own­er­ship of each bol­lard and make them more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing; or give the op­por­tu­nity to some of our up-and­com­ing young artists. They should not just be there for gra­tu­itous graf­fiti and poster billing — not cool for such a great city as ours.

Come on, City of Mel­bourne, you can think up some­thing bet­ter to make them look like a “piece” rather than a piece of rub­bish in the way of pedes­tri­ans. Janie Rose, Toorak

Keep go­ing, Jane

WHAT ab­so­lutely joy­ous read­ing to learn that the UFU has with­drawn its af­fil­i­a­tion with the Vic­to­rian Trades Hall Coun­cil (“La­bor brawl twist”,

HS, Oct 11). A num­ber of af­fil­i­ates had to be con­vinced to al­low them to join in the first place and our pre­dic­tions have now been re­alised.

VTHC can now get on with fight­ing for the fair dinkum unions and not be side­tracked by this at­ten­tion-seek­ing per­son (not a union of­fi­cial’s back­side).

Keep go­ing, Jane (Gar­rett), you are be­ing to­tally vin­di­cated by your stand. Brian Klemm, for­mer del­e­gate to VTHC, Dim­boola

Axe state and save

THANK you for the is­sues you raised, Jeff Ken­nett (“Time for change is now”, Opin­ion, Oct 10).

I would be very happy to have the op­por­tu­nity to say yes on a ref­er­en­dum on fixed four or five-year terms for fed­eral gov­ern­ment. If it’s OK for state par­lia­ment, how can it not be OK for fed­eral par­lia­ment?

I would also be very happy to at least see a se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion about do­ing away with state gov­ern­ment.

It would mean a huge fi­nan­cial sav­ing, and also save all the du­pli­ca­tion, with state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments each now blam­ing the other.

There has to be plenty of ways for states and ter­ri­to­ries to still have a voice to pro­tect their needs. Colin Ma­son, Mary­bor­ough

House name hys­te­ria

PART of the ra­tio­nale for stu­dents at Box Hill High want­ing to change their house names ( HS, Oct 11) is that they don’t want white men (Bat­man, Deakin, Forrest and Maw­son), which is bla­tantly sex­ist and racist.

We should cel­e­brate our his­tor­i­cal iden­ti­ties, good or bad (Ned Kelly?), but oth­er­wise this un­for­tu­nate change is what you get with fem­i­nism, po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, and mod­ern val­ues. Rod Matthews, Fair­field

Air­ing an ob­jec­tion

AS a mem­ber of the RACV, I re­ceived an email urg­ing mem­bers to save power this sum­mer through a spe­cial deal be­ing of­fered by Pow­er­cor, which is of­fer­ing a free smart air­con­di­tioner con­troller (Sen­sibo).

I can’t believe the RACV is get­ting in­volved with this. What has sav­ing en­ergy on hot sum­mer days got to do with mo­torists? Shouldn’t the RACV be en­cour­ag­ing the gov­ern­ment to build more baseload power into the sys­tem? Also, it should point out the folly with the ob­ses­sion of ex­pen­sive and heav­ily sub­sided in­ter­mit­tent re­new­able en­ergy as they are not suited to sup­ply baseload power.

What this state ur­gently needs is more baseload power, which can only be sup­plied by a HELE (high ef­fi­ciency, low emis­sion) coal-fired power sta­tion, as we ur­gently need to re­place the loss of Hazel­wood and the im­pend­ing clos­ing of Lid­dell.

By part­ner­ing with Pow­er­cor, the RACV has be­come part of the prob­lem. Alan Bar­ron, Grovedale

Plain wrong, Warnie

SHANE Warne says the cur­rent Aus­tralian bat­ting line-up is the worst he has ever seen.

How come they were able to hold on for a valiant draw in the first Test against Pak­istan, grind­ing out a record-break­ing day-five fight­back in Dubai as Us­man Khawaja and Tim Paine re­stored pride to the na­tional team’s bat­tered rep­u­ta­tion?

Chas­ing a world-record 462 to win, the tourists sur­vived 140 overs — an un­prece­dented ef­fort to save a match in Aus­tralia’s Test his­tory. John Wis­den, Jolimont

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