Our truth problem
Ken Price (Saturday, November 17) says we have a serious truth problem in this country, we certainly have in Victoria. He suggests Joe Biden should talk to Daniel Andrews regarding how Australia dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, and Victoria's suppression of both the virus, and Victorians.
What a conversation that would be, Joe could ask Dan how it did he changed from the villain responsible for Victoria's second wave, causing 800 deaths to become the Messiah who led his people out of the Covid wilderness after 112 days.
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Dan would explain that when your government is caught failing to carry out its the sacred duty to keep your community safe, the best defense is to be in complete denial. Set up a dodgy inquiry as an excuse not to answer serious questions, and use the time to coach your ministers, and heads of departments to ensure they rely on the same defense strategy.
That is, all having suffered from an amnesia virus that spread through the government faster than Covid 19 spread around the world. Lack of memory, and notes ensures no one admits to being in charge of the hotel quarantine debacle that allowed this virus to escape, or who that person may be.
Dan would explain that importantly always insist that restrictions imposed are based on scientific evidence whether you have any or not.
Ken's right - we have a serious problem with the truth in Victoria, and as with all problems it starts at the top.
David Arscott, Kangaroo Flat
Regional rail - fail?
Regarding fast rail, and how commuters are going to get from Tullamarine to CBD in 30 minutes is all well and good. But what about regional lines?
It was interesting to note times will be slashed between Melbourne and Geelong, with the proposal to build an express track between Werribee and Laverton.
But what about commuters on the Bendigo line that extends through to Echuca and Swan Hill. Are they not entitled to a quicker service? When are local members Jacinta Allan, Minister for Transport Infrastructure and the Rail Loop, and Maree Edwards, going to support their electorate with better services than they are getting now?
The lines between Southern Cross, Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill have been shut for weeks for maintenance, but once again we see no improvements to the timetable. Why? Because they fail to listen to constructive criticism that will improve the service other than replacing the double tracks between Southern Cross and Bendigo.
I and many others have pointed out they have failed to implement the designated line between Sunshine and Sunbury, a promise made some years back, but it's not and will never be a designated line when you are still sharing the line with suburban trains that stop at every station from Sunbury to the CBD.
And where are the people on the Mildura line still stuck on the side of the track waiting for something to happen.
Ivan Kitt, Bendigo
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