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Notice for landlords

The Victorian State Government is currently asking for submissions/comments on proposed changes to the current ‘Residential Tenancies Act 1997- A Fairer Safer Housing initiative.

I am sure most landlords would be unaware of this review and what the proposed changes mean for landlords/tenants.

Most of the submissions thus far are from organisations that have a vested interest in furthering the rights of the tenant.

Currently the process appears to be unbalanced with little representative input by landlords.

Very few submissions have been received from landlords because most are unaware of the proposed changes being put forward.

I would urge all landlords to go on line and read the information and to make a submission on these proposed changes. 

Kaye Meurer, Kennington

Cut the weeds

It is difficult to pursue non-mainstream sports in Bendigo.

Take for example canoeing and rowing on Lake Weeroona.

This time last year the lake was drying up forcing clubs to curtail into recess. Council stood by - steadfast in their refusal to help.

Twelve months on and the lake is infested in weeds, forcing the clubs in recess.

Council again refuses to act.

It would be unthinkable for football and cricket to be cancelled on the QEO because council wasn’t prepared to cut the grass.

Why should other sports be treated any differently.

J. Boucher, White Hills

Driven to despair

Faysal Ishak Ahmed, a refugee indefinitely detained on Manus Island has died, apparently from lack of medical treatment.

Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani released a statement from Manus Island on December 24.

He said:
“Every day Faysal went to medical asking for help. They did not help him. A few days ago a nurse in IHMS told Faysal that he was fine and didn't need medical treatment. Now we know he has died. The government and IHMS must know that they can not hide the truth and we in Manus prison are caring about our friend and will follow up and tell the truth to people.”

Immigration Minister Dutton repeatedly claims that that detainees under Australia’s care receive ‘outstanding’ medical care but reports from independent bodies such as Amnesty and the UN describe evidence of continuing high levels of mental and physical illness.

These detainees have committed no crime but are detained indefinitely, supposedly to deter others, while driven to despair by complete hopelessness.

By bringing these people to Australia we could stop their descent into hell and allow them to make decent lives and become productive and grateful contributors to society.

It would also save taxpayers approximately a billion dollars per year.

Pat Horan, Sebastian

Grey areas of life and death

The Victorian government, determined to introduce legalised euthanasia, assures us there will be strict "safeguards". Do they believe those safeguards will be adhered to long-term? 

The problem with mercy-killing is that it is killing. It isn't letting the patient die or letting the patient refuse treatment, which are legal already. On the other hand, discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate. Using painkillers to alleviate sufferings, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be acceptable if death is not the intention, but is only foreseen and tolerated. 

Arnold Jago, Nichols Point