The increasing irrelevance of the Morrison government is palpable.
It's only natural that when faced with rapid change and new challenges that a portion of the population will look for comfort in the election of a conservative government.
But looking for answers in the past has not been shown to be helpful.
It has been only too clear that when faced with the impacts of climate change, as it was manifested by the horrific fire season, the prime minister had no answers and has put not a single thing in place to prevent it all happening again.
On coronavirus, Scott Morrison has been likewise missing in action, instead preferring to place responsibility on the states and, unhelpfully, calling for the removal of lockdowns without any sense of responsibility as to how to keep Australians safe through the pandemic.
On the whole Australians have shown themselves to be forward thinking and compassionate people and their tolerance of the present do-nothing federal government is all but spent.
Pat Hockey, Castlemaine
Former school's sad plight
It seems that it's burning, cutting and slashing time again. As a former student of the old 1189 Golden Square primary school, it saddened me to no end to see that the old school has a prison type fence erected along its perimeter - possibly due to its current tenants need for privacy and security.
The problem is that the grass is up to my neck and no maintenance has been performed for a least six months.
Let's get it together and do something before the worst of the bushfire season is upon us.
Ronald Vaitkus, Bendigo
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Horses deserve recognition
On November 11, we mark Remembrance or Armistice Day which commemorates the end of World War 1.
More than 60,000 Australians laid down their lives during this war (1914-18). About 14 per cent of those who enlisted - all volunteers. It is said that no family in Australia was unaffected.
However, there is a lesser known casualty of the war and one which had no choice in the matter. The 136,000 horses (hardy Australian-bred horses known as "Walers") sent abroad from this country to provide mounts for our cavalry and those of our allies, the British and Indian governments.
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Of which only just one, called "Sandy", returned to his homeland! Sandy belonged to the late Major General, Sir William Bridges, who was killed at Gallipoli.
Those which were not killed in action, during the war, were destroyed after the end of hostilities because of Australian government fears they may bring back diseases to their land of birth. It is time that this unique Australian bred horse's contribution to the war effort was publicly recognised and saluted.
Michael J Gamble, Belmont
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