Bill of­fers some dig­nity

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

(The Vol­un­tary As­sisted Dy­ing Bill) if in­tro­duced, will al­low an ex­tra di­men­sion for con­sid­er­a­tion by and on be­half of those who are dy­ing.

It is good to hear Jaclyn Symes and Steph Ryan voic­ing their con­cerns, but where are the voices of the olds? What are their opin­ions?

For those of us who are in at least our eighth decade, it is an is­sue of great con­cern.

One hears the spe­cious ar­gu­ment that ‘‘be­cause we did not ask to be here in this world we have no right to de­ter­mine when we leave it’’.

Leav­ing any re­li­gious im­pli­ca­tions aside, that ar­gu­ment as­sumes that it is the duty of we olds to hang in there, pos­si­bly de­spite suf­fer­ing and mis­ery, un­til our in­evitable fi­nal gasp.

But what if that fi­nal gasp is pre­ceded by con­stant dread­ful pain, and the only ac­cept­able al­ter­na­tive is stu­pe­fy­ing drug doses (pal­li­a­tion) which leave a still-liv­ing body un­con­scious and barely func­tion­ing, with no way back ex­cept into that un­con­trol­lable pain?

This bill is not a li­cence to kill. It’s a li­cence to al­low a di­ag­nosed ter­mi­nal suf­ferer (as di­ag­nosed by doc­tors) an in­evitable and dig­ni­fied death when the al­ter­na­tive is pro­longed suf­fer­ing for the pa­tient and the loved ones.

— Lee Stephen­son, Ker­ris­dale

Trees need prun­ing

On Tues­day, Novem­ber 7 at 5 am a Clean­away truck struck an over­hang­ing branch of one of the trees that line Tal­la­rook St, bring­ing it crash­ing to the road­side, dam­ag­ing the truck; and with a new truck be­ing despatched to col­lect the rub­bish bins, coun­cil must prune these trees back at their ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity as they are a men­ace to heavy trans­port that tra­verse Tal­la­rook St, with the trucks hav­ing to drive in the cen­tre of Tal­la­rook St to miss other branches that breach the road­side.

These trees were pruned back to nobs some years ago by coun­cil.

We have a lo­cal ar­borist, A & A Rus­coe, of Sey­mour that would do an ex­cel­lent job and re­solve the prob­lem that now ex­ists, un­like the re­cent tree pruners who only re­move the branches that ob­struct the power lines and leave the trees in a ter­ri­ble state and dan­ger to trans­port with branches pro­trud­ing the road­side.

Get it to­gether, Mitchell Shire, and stop fob­bing us lo­cals off with your non­sen­si­cal ex­cuses as to why many things are not prop­erly done in this town.

— Mick Crozier, Sey­mour

Tank wa­ter re­bate

I just want to put a sug­ges­tion for­ward for con­ces­sion hold­ers who buy tank wa­ter.

They’re en­ti­tled to three fills per fi­nan­cial year. All they need to do is, when they get a de­liv­ery, get a re­ceipt from the driver, which they can fill out with the re­ceipt num­ber on the form, send it off to the DHS in Mel­bourne with all their de­tails, and then get a re­bate with money into their bank ac­count.

I don’t think many peo­ple have heard about this — it’s an en­ti­tle­ment to peo­ple on the land, only on tank wa­ter.

I was on it be­fore I re­tired, and I haven’t had a prob­lem with it.

My last load cost me $300, and I’ll be filling out the forms in the next few days.

— Den­nis Govey, Tal­la­rook

McEwen over­looked

I write in re­sponse to Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Mitch Fi­field’s let­ter to the edi­tor in your Novem­ber 8, 2017 edi­tion, re­gard­ing ‘‘false­hoods’’ in my as­sess­ment of this gov­ern­ment’s dis­mal record on mo­bile black spots.

We thank Mr Fi­field for point­ing out the er­ror in our tower num­bers; upon see­ing this, we checked back through the records to see that it was 28, not 27 tow­ers built in Barn­aby Joyce’s seat of New Eng­land dur­ing Round 1 of the pro­gram — a round the min­is­ter seems to have for­got­ten.

So, with the ad­di­tional five tow­ers from Round 2 the min­is­ter help­fully pointed out in his let­ter, there are ac­tu­ally 33 tow­ers for New Eng­land and crick­ets here in McEwen.

It’s worth not­ing that in Mr Fi­field’s re­sponse, he talked an aw­ful lot about New Eng­land, with not one word about our needs.

The min­is­ter is also well aware that un­der La­bor’s pol­icy, all NBN fixed wire­less tow­ers were built with mo­bile phone ca­pa­bil­ity, mak­ing smart use of this in­fra­struc­ture and sav­ing the tax­payer hun­dreds of mil­lions.

All Mr Fi­field’s let­ter served to do was strengthen our ar­gu­ment that the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment’s Mo­bile Black Spots Pro­gram is noth­ing more than bla­tant pork bar­relling for gov­ern­ment-held seats.

Per­haps if the min­is­ter spent a lit­tle more time fo­cus­ing on the com­mu­ni­ca­tions needs of com­mu­ni­ties like ours and a lit­tle less time on shady po­lit­i­cal cover-ups for his col­leagues, we would all be bet­ter served.

— Rob Mitchell, Mem­ber for McEwen

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