Towns ex­press in­dige­nous cul­ture

The West Australian - - LETTERS -

There may not be many stat­ues por­tray­ing the Abo­rig­i­nal pop­u­la­tion, al­though they have been ac­knowl­edged with a vast num­ber of WA towns bear­ing names as­so­ci­ated with their cul­ture.

Landgate has a list in The His­tory of Coun­try Town Names. Its web­site, with names from A to Z, is avail­able for pe­rusal.

Take the Bs — Baandee, Babakin, Badge­bup, Badgin­garra and Bad­jal­ing — one page from the web­site. An­other ref­er­ence could be K — Kalan­nie, Kal­barri, Kal­gan, Kal­go­or­lie or Kam­balda. All these names are words re­fer­ring to places given by the orig­i­nal oc­cu­pants.

Coun­try town names will live much longer than in­scrip­tions on stat­ues.

WA was sited long be­fore the east­ern part of Aus­tralia and could have been set­tled by Por­tuguese, Dutch or French. The out­come and her­itage could have been a to­tally dif­fer­ent story for Aus­tralia.

There are times when some things and writ­ten his­tory just have to be ac­cepted on face value by all sides of the com­mu­nity.

Dorothea Mor­ris, Broad­wa­ter

Mi­nor­ity rights

The same-sex mar­riage no cam­paign has kicked in with an ad propos­ing “it’s OK to say no” as its slo­gan. Of course we are free to say no, but what are we say­ing no to?

We are not say­ing no to gen­der ed­u­ca­tion or to Safe Schools, or no to forc­ing re­li­gions to marry non­hetero­sex­u­als, or no to po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, or no to bul­ly­ing, or no to let­ting non­hetero­sex­u­als “burn in hell for their sins”. None of these things are on the bal­lot.

What we would be say­ing no to is grant­ing the 11 per cent of Aus­tralians who are not het­ero­sex­ual the same le­gal recog­ni­tion and free­dom in the Mar­riage Act that the rest of us en­joy. The real ques­tion is, are you go­ing to let them?

Dale Hart­ley, Brent­wood

Heart-fail­ure fac­tors

The re­cent in­crease in sud­den heart at­tacks is prob­a­bly mul­ti­fac­to­rial, but I se­ri­ously doubt that de­hy­dra­tion is a fac­tor (Let­ters, Au­gust 30).

Un­di­ag­nosed ob­struc­tive sleep ap­noea, ar­rhyth­mias and un­der­ly­ing car­diac ab­nor­mal­i­ties are far more likely causes. Over-hy­dra­tion with plain wa­ter dur­ing exercise is dan­ger­ous be­cause it can lead to cere­bral oedema, seizures and death, as has hap­pened sev­eral times on the Kokoda Trail.

Dr Anne Mar­tis, Dalkeith

Na­ture’s Win­dow in Kal­barri.

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