The ‘razor gang’ cut up our plans without any explanation
NDIS has been an immense and positive life change for so many disabled people. However, it was also a major frustration and obstacle for a number of people hoping to live the life they deserve.
I have two severely disabled adult sons with very complex needs. You couldn’t cope in the group home you had to live in, but trying to convince the NDIS was a time-consuming and stressful task. We have provided NDIS with endless specialist documents, incident reports, etc. to prove that he is a danger to others and himself when he is constantly around other people.
People without disabilities have a choice in how they live and I thought that with NDIS a disabled person would also have the opportunity to make that choice. The government can afford to help first-time home buyers but is unable to fund decent housing for many people with disabilities. That is certainly discrimination.
My husband and I have cared for our sons at home for many years, saving the government a great deal of money. In fact it cost us as I could never get help so I could work full time and pursue a career. I was an unpaid caregiver for almost 40 years. Now all I ask is that my sons be properly cared for and that I get a break too.
Elisabeth Appelgren-McIntyre, Mount Martha
We do it our way
On “Andrews defends higher cost of new streetcars” (The Age, 22/4). Melbourne does not have to incur large infrastructure costs to change tram stops to make trams wheelchair accessible.
When I was Director General for Transport at Victoria in the 1980s I visited Grenoble in France. There, the trams were fitted with ramps that extended out from under them to make them wheelchair accessible.
That this innovation was not adopted in Melbourne is another example that the ‘not invented here syndrome’ is very much alive among Victoria’s transport planners like the ticketing system.
John King, Kew
More often, faster
While free public transit (Letters, 22/4) may sound like a good idea, it’s unlikely to have a significant impact on car use unless it’s also fast and frequent. Public transport usage is already very high in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, where it’s a short walk to a tram or train station with frequent services.
The situation is different in the outskirts or in the surrounding area, where there is only one bus every hour that takes slow detours to its destination. Free public transport will not make such an offer any more attractive.
Funds that could be allocated to free public transport would be better spent on more frequent and faster public transport.
James Proctor, Maiden Gully
I stick to the suburbs
Mayor Sally Capp wants us back in town. Did this this week and parked on St Kilda Road to catch the tram.
However, the previous, easy-to-use parking system app – enter your area code, press “Start” on arrival, “Stop” on departure and the exact time spent is calculated – has been replaced by one with a spinning wheel in full-screen mode and incomprehensible instructions.
After doing my best I checked the app when I got home and found that I had no success and there was no record of my stay and no charge. Worse still, the “price information” reveals that the provider charges the user (me) 10 percent of the fee as a “commission”. Luckily I didn’t get a parking ticket, but I’m headed back to the suburbs.
Heather Barker, Albert Park
Proud to be “blessed”.
I have a wonderfully creative, curious, and lovable child who identifies as non-binary. I’m not sure Scott Morrison would agree, but my wife and I consider ourselves blessed.
Jeff Jackson, Box Hill North
But you can’t say that
Oh stupid biological specimen that I am. For years I have radiated how lucky and blessed I am to have four sisters. I obviously had no idea that this was an insult to those who didn’t have sisters.
If you look for mistakes, you will always find them. We live in such a nanny situation these days that I’m afraid to crack a joke or discuss just about anything without feeling politically incorrect. Congratulations on the death of free speech.
Barb Kingston, Mount Waverley
We are guilty of neglect
On China, Solomon Islands and Australia, if my wife left me for another man, I would ask myself if there was anything I could have done. If that man was Chris Hemsworth, then no. If not, then I would seriously check to see if I had given her enough love, support, and respect to make sure she wasn’t being tempted by someone else.
Cao Phan, Glen Iris
Another additional danger
With the prospect of a Chinese naval base in the Solomon Islands, how should we access our strategic oil reserves in the United States in the event of a conflict with China? This is another reason for the rapid spread of electric and hydrogen vehicles.
David Robertson, Wheatsheaf
A bug would have helped
If only ASIS had installed listening devices in Solomon Islands government offices, as it did in Timor-Leste in 2004, Prime Minister Scott Morrison might have avoided the embarrassment he now faces over the security deal with China.
Ed Veber, Malvern East
If only we had listened
When protests broke out in Honiara last November against the Solomon Islands government and its growing proximity to China, our Prime Minister saw it as an opportunity to stand firm. He used Australian defense personnel and the military police. To maintain “stability and security”. What a different situation we would be in today if he had seen that a robust democracy is necessary for stability and security. It requires listening to alternate voices.
Kate Kennedy, Coburg
Our Pacific Failure
Thirty years ago, when I was in Singapore on business, an American asked me why our government is ignoring Australia’s huge potential with the Pacific Island countries. I replied that three-year governments left limited time between elections to develop mature policies. I would add the caliber of current politicians and the lack of career diplomats does not fill one with confidence.
Shirley Videoon, Hampton
The freedom to speak
Anthony Albanese, who contracts COVID-19, could yet save the ALP’s stalled campaign. Now the opposition’s talented front bench will be able to speak to the issues. After all, these are the people who will be part of the government when the coalition is ousted.
Bernard Towson, Brunswick
Give us your guidelines
The era of the “Ikea election” has dawned. A big box full of ideas and promises is just around the corner. Due to unclear instructions, we need to assemble the platform by ourselves. As usual, when we’ve finished skinning our knuckles on the Allen wrench, we look for the missing bolt or nut. Can someone please tell what they stand for, not what they don’t do.
Robert Price, Preston
The traditional values of the Libs
Your correspondent (Letters, 22/4) suggests that the Teal Independents look like Labor stooges by championing climate change and only attacking Liberal seats.
The Independents have other common policies, including fighting corruption in government, while the Greens are strong climate advocates in many Labor seats.
Look at the background and politics of the Independents and you see that they represent the traditional values of the Liberal Party, now lost by the Conservative insurgency.
Bob Menzies said his party was a “progressive party, in no way reactionary”. Perhaps after the general election, a few more of these conservatives will have the moment of realization that struck Craig Kelly and George Christensen, and they will join the parties of Clive Palmer and Pauline Hanson.
James McDougall, Fitzroy North
where my money goes
In recent years, the government has done its best to prevent charities from getting involved in political debates. It now appears that the rules don’t apply to Josh Frydenberg.
It is extremely unfortunate that in his determination to retain his seat he was willing to jeopardize the charitable status of Guide Dogs Victoria, Inclusion Foundation and Scouts Victoria by including them in his campaign (The Age, 22/4) .
As a Kooyong resident who donates to a number of charities, I do not want any money I donate to be used for political advertising. Frydenberg’s actions mean I will look elsewhere to send my money. Is that what he wants?
Alison Harcourt, Kew
Don’t punish the needy
While some of your correspondents say they will no longer be donating to Guide Dogs Victoria — stating that it will not resume its support until the board chairman resigns and Josh Frydenberg loses his seat (Letters, 22/4) — insists the need for trained guide dogs remains.
Joanna Wriedt, Eaglemont
time for a break
Perhaps the entire nation could have a half-term break from the campaign while Anthony Albanese isolates.
Kevan Porter, alpha tone
Pigeons could make a better campaign than these two jerks
Eric Kopp, Flinders
The UAP has changed the color of its indicator to blue (4/22). At least it’s a treat for our eyes.
Dorothy Galloway, Menton
Consistent with janitor logs, I understand the Cabinet prayer group is not working overtime.
Moray Byrne, Edithvale
I do not want my elected representatives to attribute my well-being or the outcome of an election to their religious beliefs.
Maurice Woolcock, Frankston South
I wonder if Morrison feels blessed that he had COVID-19 before the campaign?
Lesley Black, Frankston
It was a gracious relief not to watch Albo debate ScoMo. Sky News can keep it.
James Lane, Hampton East
Business managers who ignore the biggest threat to business – climate change – are bad business managers.
Graem Perry, Skye
Putin hailing Russia’s “liberation” of Mariupol recalls China’s “liberation” of Tibet.
Susan Caughey, Glen Iris
Wimbledon’s ban on Belarusian and Russian players is unfair. But there is nothing fair about Russia’s invasion.
Peter McGill, Lancefield
The Solomon Islands, that’s a place I’d love to show our man in the Hawaiian shirt.
Don Stewart, portfee
Money talks so I wonder what Australia has offered the Solomons. Not nearly as much as China it seems.
Mark Kennedy, Sevastopol
The hospitality industry wants the government to offer cheap flights to foreign workers. In return, she promises cheap wages.
Sergio Diaz, Fitzroy North
My adult son with intellectual and intellectual disabilities says he is “blessed” to have Dylan Alcott in his corner.
Wendy John, Malvern
Seriously? do you hear yourself Get away from the support and let the people who depend on guide dogs suffer.
Susie Holt, South Yarra
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