Bruce Reid tribute
I met Bruce at a meeting of Maroochydore Rotary where he was making up.
We told each other that we were contesting the 1990 election in Bendigo and Fairfax.
We each thought the other couldn't win.
We both did and when the whip allocated chamber seating, we were sitting next to each other.
That was the start of a long friendship.
Alexander Somlyay, Peregian Springs
Aged care deserves better
Surely Australia can do better in caring for our elders during a pandemic.
These cuts (to aged care facilities) are appalling at such a time.
I would ask all those who make staffing decisions to ask themselves one question.
Is the care that I expect our residents to receive, better or worse than the care that I expect at the end of my life?
If the answer is that the care is worse than what I would like at the end of my life, then there is only one course of action.
I am tired of hearing about the financial imperative for staff reductions.
The residents at aged care facilities are our elders and we have by and large prospered enormously because of their efforts, love and care for us.
It is now our turn to give back.
Angela Allen, Kennington
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Common sense at risk
Tony Abbott, our only onion eating Prime Minister, once said that Work Choices was dead, buried and cremated.
One could also strongly argue that some of the commentary emanating from the COVID-19 virus, indicates another well know saying is in dire straits of becoming another permanent casualty.
Thankfully four of our previous Victorian Premiers have at least resurrected the above, albeit for a short moment.
The only dissenting voice being Denis Napthine, arguably our most ineffective Premier whose comments indicate a crook shoulder problem.
Kick-a-Vic is becoming a national theme.
It is a wonder any of us can sit down.
Now NSW Deputy Premier Barilaro wants to take the Melbourne Cup and the AFL grand final off us.
Thankfully, that got the short shift from the Victorian Premier, and in no uncertain terms.
Talk about being unloved.
And just to make matters worse, the states have all slammed their border doors shut to us, making us feel like we have been discarded into the naughty corner until further notice.
The Prime Minister's call that Australians are " all Melburnians now" somehow doesn't ring all that true in the present circumstances.