Train strike headaches
I understand where V-Line's train drivers and their union are coming from by deciding to take strike action later this month, but it makes it extremely difficult when you are trying to get to Melbourne for a medical appointment.
My brother has an appointment in Melbourne and I was going to take the train from Bendigo to Melbourne for the appointment.
Most likely I will be ringing this week to cancel this appointment as I cant run the risk of being left in the lurch. No wonder I haven't been on public transport for over 20 years as it is so unreliable.
Striking solves nothing. It just inconveniences the public.
Catherine Rosewall, Kerang.
No surprises in repeal
Why should anyone be surprised by Jacqui Lambie's lack of humane perspicacity in her decision to support the repeal of Medevac?
Both Labor and the Coalition put those lawfully seeking asylum in off-shore indefinite detention and both have worked diligently to keep them there, as a deterrent to others.
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Folks giving Labor a free moral pass on Australia's track record of torturing and denying basic human rights to people seeking asylum by boat have very short memories.
Every time the government mentions "national security" Labor falls into line.
So, here we are in 2019 - a person Australia has "detained" on Manus Island or Nauru may again cut their foot and die of sepsis within a fortnight, a short plane trip from modern medical treatment.
This is what Australian tax-payers are funding to the tune of $573,000 per detainee, per year. Crimes against humanity certainly don't come cheap.
Michelle Goldsmith, Eaglehawk
Water shortages bite
What are the main reasons for our water shortages?
Australia is a continent with a dry heart and irregular weather pattern.
We are being prevented from building more dams and channels by political pressure. So the floodwaters are running into sea, instead of being stored and used.
Since the end of World War II our population has trebled and so did the water consumption.
Newcomers are moving into big towns and cities, which have all the modern conveniences.
Subsequently the towns are becoming congested and more of the precious water is gurgling down the sewers.
The entire country is becoming dehydrated and bush fires more frequent and devastating. We are being misinformed and misled by people, who have ulterior motives.
Jiri Kolenaty, Rushworth
Thanks to Bendigo Health
I was diagnosed with stage four melanoma on my lung earlier this year months ago.
I was accepted into Bendigo Health's immune therapy trial and, great news, the tumours have all disappeared.
I'm sending my heartfelt thanks to Bendigo Cancer Centre, especially Doctor Say, trial coordinator Amy and all the oncology staff.
How lucky are we to have a hospital as good as Bendigo Health.