Politicians caught out
I would like to respond to Michael McKenzie's excellent letter (Saturday, October 3) explaining how senior state cabinet ministers may have hung themselves on their own petard by subjecting themselves to potential severe penalties under the failed hotel quarantine arrangements.
I imagine panic would have set in when those expensive QCs explained to the politicians and bureaucrats they could end up in real strife if found guilty in failing to provide a safe workplace, including charges of industrial manslaughter.
Plead amnesia. Personal accountability then neatly avoided.
Of course had it been a public company responsible for this major debacle the government would be baying for blood and have the full force of the law come down on them.
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Colin Radford, Worksafe CEO, also confirmed he would be investigating.
One wonders whether Kerri Judd QC, the director of Public Prosecutions will also investigate and if appropriate lay charges?
There seems to be a mountain of damning evidence to tap.
Let us hope it is matched with accountability.
Alan Howard, Longlea
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Airport upgrade essential
I believe that upgrading the Bendigo Airport terminal and runway to accommodate larger aircraft is vital to supercharging central Victorian tourism and economy.
One of the most important components of attracting cashed up travelers, particularly from overseas, is the ability to move into areas quickly and efficiently whilst maximize their time to see the sites.
An airport upgrade would not only see central Victorians jumping on a plane to just Sydney, but other major cities around Australia without the hassle of traveling to Melbourne Airport.
Denis Fitzgerald, Golden Square
COVID fines miss the mark
I suggest that fines for COVID infractions don't achieve their goal.
Instead, I suggest people caught flouting the rules should be made to attend a two-day training course in understanding the impact that their rule breaking can have on friends, family and the community.
Penny Hamilton, Shepparton
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