A recipe for disharmony

A recipe for disharmony

October 2, 2021

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A recipe for disharmony

The Andrews’ government’s decision to ban many unvaccinated workers from Victorian workplaces is not only a human rights overreach but also a political decision the government may wear like a crown of thorns for months to come (“Division over state’s no jab, no work rule”, The Age, 2/10).

It will lead to social disharmony, difficulties in workplaces and massive demonstrations.

The vaccines are effective in preventing COVID-19 or, at the very least, greatly reducing its symptoms. Let us continue to encourage and incentivise inoculations up to and beyond 80 per cent so we can enjoy a freer, happier and more united society in 2022.
Tony Devereux, Nunawading

Try this word instead
What a pity we are still using the word “mandatory”, which seems to attract such angry responses.

As ethicist Simon Longstaff said so eloquently on Q&A (ABC, 30/9), using the word “conditions” instead, is perfectly reasonable.

Conditions are part of many job descriptions and have been for many, many years, with no problems. People can then choose if they really want to apply for jobs with conditions they don’t want, or can’t adhere to.
Joan Lynn, Williamstown

Legitimate, but selective
There is legitimacy in the arguments Jon Faine puts forward in “What really lies beneath?” (The Sunday Age, 26/9).

The points he makes regarding JobKeeper rorts, robo-debts, and the acceptance of donations by a government minister are all valid.

It is all too predictable, however, and no surprise, that Faine omits references to the “I know nothing” response by the Premier and his team regarding last year’s quarantine fiasco that cost around 800 lives, nor the millions of dollars of legal advice provided to ministers and government apparatchiks. No mention of the “red shirts” scandal.

If Faine wants to build an argument regarding our increased lack of trust in authority, he needs to open both eyes.
Michael Urwin Melbourne

Wind the curfew back
With the beginning of daylight saving today, it’s now high time indeed to end the Melbourne curfew.

To continue with it for another month or so is truly unnecessary and cruel. It achieves nothing and disadvantages so many shift workers and many law-abiding people who are being treated like naughty children who need to be punished for even longer.

In light of our excellent vaccination rates in Melbourne this is no longer acceptable.
Thilo Troschke, Blackburn

Here we go again
The AFL grand final created a massive surge in the virus by clusters of friends and families watching TV.

The next sporting event to stop the nation is the Melbourne Cup, as sure as night follows day it’ll be a repeat of the virus upsurge of the grand final.
Rex Condon, Ashwood

It makes a difference
What a remarkable act of public probity by Gladys Berejiklian for a minor transgression compared with those of a number of members of Scott Morrison’s cabinet.

Oh what a difference an independent watchdog with teeth makes.
Rod Cripps, Parkdale

A strange position
Welcome back, Matthew Guy. In your first weeks back in the Liberal’s driver’s seat, you have been setting the tone for your version of opposition.

You have charged the government with shifting responsibility for the surging COVID case numbers onto the Victorian people and invoking the threat these numbers posed to the health system and you said it was actually the government’s responsibility to make sure the health system can cope.

It’s a strange position for a party premised on individualism and small government. An interesting contortion to overlook the role that an individual’s failure to vaccinate, and their flouting of public health regulations may have had in spreading the virus.

At this critical time, when following health advice is the only way out for anxious citizens and business owners alike, you need to decide which side of history you will be on. The public will judge from your actions whether it was public service or considerations of self that brought you back to the leader’s role.
Juliette Borenstein, Fitzroy North

Mixed messaging
We tried at least 10 times throughout September to get our double-injected certifications via the myGov website. Each time as we entered our details – email address and our own correct password – the site told us our details were “incorrect”.

Overwhelmed by frustration, we finally rang the suggested helpline, surprisingly got through and had two certificates “in the mail” within minutes.

The very considerate and honest man who helped us mentioned when I told him of our difficulties that when the myGov site is overloaded, it plays the “incorrect details” message.

Surely an honest “site overloaded” message would avoid chronic frustration experienced by many of us trying to do the right thing.
Bill Cleveland, Kew

A good call by WA
WA Premier Mark McGowan is right to reject home quarantine when overseas travel resumes.

Too many members of the public in Victoria and New South Wales have already shown they can’t be trusted to stop visiting each other’s homes when this is banned.
Geoff Phillips, Wonga Park

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