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WHAT absolutely joyous reading to learn that the UFU has withdrawn its affiliation with the Victorian Trades Hall Council (“Labor brawl twist”,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