Culture of victim blaming in road safety system
"Research" justification for this road authority harassment of road riders is non-existent. Four Victorian Parliamentary Inquiries since 2005 have documented the lack of reliable crash data available in this state. A culture of victim blaming exists in Victoria's road safety system. This 2019 spike in road casualties convinces a growing number of Victorian road users that our road authorities' policies regarding road trauma reduction have failed. Road casualties will continue to increase while these 1960s policies and systems continue and while proper checks and balances in our road safety authorities are absent or continue to be ignored. Lack of accountability in Victorian road authorities costs lives and will continue to do so while Victorian road authorities think they are untouchables. The new Victorian Parliament must restart the Inquiry into VicRoads management of country roads.
Damien Codognotto, MRA
No place for fear, hatred
Bendigo has been a town with a poor, albeit perhaps a little unfair, reputation when it comes to Islamophobic attitudes in recent times. This is because of a vocal minority who have protested against the building of a mosque based on attitudes of fear and hate.
If the terrorist attacks in Christchurch have taught us anything it is that we must no longer tolerate such fear and hatred, and instead all focus on inclusivity, love and compassion and acceptance of all people, no matter race or religion.
Opposition to the building of a mosque is the thin end of the wedge, and we have sadly now seen the horror that lies at the other.
Jacob Mildren, Macedon
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More houses, more rates
I read that council has approved more development for Jackass Flat, in Harveys Lane. Obviously the council doesn't give a damn about the wildlife or the trees. I'm sick of driving around Bendigo and seeing how many trees are being pulled down and wonder how much wildlife is being killed. They approve the developers coming in to build more and more houses, yet if the public want to remove a tree - whether it's dead or alive - we have to get permission. If you don't you can get fined. But then why am I not surprised, it all comes down to money. The more houses, the more rates. Seems to me that Bendigo is going to look like a concrete jungle after all. Mankind is killing this Earth.
Fiona Gray, California Gully
Ducks deserve even chance
I believe in an even chance in sport. Boxers are evenly matched. During the war fighter planes were evenly matched. In duck shooting the duck has no chance to defend himself. He is slaughtered by armed men misappropriating the name sport.
Christine Riddall, Bendigo
Finally I know what a true leader of a country looks like. Prime Minister Jacinda Adern strove in the face of terrible adversity to unite New Zealanders. There was no sense of them and us. Instead there was they are us, such empathy, wisdom amd compassion. I shall vote for those who seek to unite Australians, not those who would seek to divide us.
Cass North, Sebastian
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