Cruel treatment continues
How nice to be out of lock down now and although cautious, feeling surer about our safety and our future.
I wish this was the same for the more than 1000 refugees and asylum seekers, women, men and children who were transferred to Australia for critical medical treatment and who now live on a transitory visa with no clear way forward.
For seven years they have lived in cruel limbo, their lives suspended.
Their contemporaries still on PNG and Nauru similarly wait in soul destroying limbo for the whim of the Australian Government.
There have been possible solutions but political cowardliness has consistently failed these brave people.
Time to change the dominant story of political victory and bravado.
Seeking asylum is not illegal. These brave, resilient people are potential assets for Australia.
Time to resettle them here so they can be safe, have a place to call home and share in our recovery.
Di O'Neill, Bendigo
Foolish spat with China
It was precisely at the point when Scott Morrison's leadership took sides with Trump's America and joined in insinuating that China might have deliberately created the coronavirus that our present trade troubles began. Now Australian farmers are having to bear the consequences of this foolishness, and in turn the wider economy will suffer.
It speaks very loudly to Scott Morrison's lack of political nous that he should have aligned our nation with Trump, now a figure of global ridicule. We need to step back now from this ridiculous braggadocio.
China, like the rest of the world, was blindsided by the emergence of the virus and given their dependence on the west for markets for their products had no more interest in a global shutdown than we have.
Patrick Hockey, Castlemaine
Dignity of work
Firstly, congratulations to Michael Taylor (Bendigo Advertiser, pg 2, December 3) in achieving this goal of returning to the workforce after such a traumatic experience.
I would also like to see programs in "building confidence" to return to work after becoming disabled. Programs and courses for the disabled are so empowering and uplifting.
It's easy to be thrown some money (NDIS) and be told to go live your life, but what about loving life and loving yourself?
Your whole world turns upside down when life changes dramatically & our brains need to be re-programmed to this new life.
Here's to getting the disabled back into the workforce & back into life.
Tracey Jones, Sunbury
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