Wealth Before health
I noted that when it suited them Scott Morrison, Josh Frydenberg and health minister Greg Hunt all bagged Daniel Andrews for his handling of the Greater Melbourne lockdown.
Also that another contributor recently in this paper asserted that Dan was personally responsible for COVID-19 deaths here in Victoria.
No need to wait for the quarantine inquiry outcome.
I would call it playing politics.
We now have situation in Sydney which could possibly go out of control and yet Ms Berejiklian has only ordered people in the affected council area to remain at home and has opted not to introduce new rules for the rest of Sydney.
There has been no call from any of the Liberals named above for the mandatory wearing of face masks because we all know what this would mean.
Business would suffer and we couldn't have that.
I always thought the responsibility for all the too many aged care deaths in Melbourne was due to the federal government's health funding and policy of cutting costs to the bone and casualisation of the work force.
The architect of this policy was no other than John Howard and has been a policy in place for ten years.
All the shortcomings have been exposed by the Aged Care Royal Commission and must be acted upon.
The shoe is now on the other foot of course and will it be a case of wealth before health.
Ray Wilson, Kangaroo Flat
Support for solar farm
Full credit to the Mount Alexander council for moving forward on the solar farm at Ravenswood South ("Farmland turns into solar", 17/12).
The community is not alone in expressing concern about the loss of farmland, but this need not be the case.
Apart from the grazing that can occur under panels, agrovoltaic studies in Europe and the US have shown that when panels are raised and correctly spaced, partial shading and condensation can improve moisture retention in soils, improving crop yields while still allowing machinery to harvest underneath the panels.
While this may not be the business plan for the Ravenswood solar farm, it is important that agricultural communities are given the full range of options so that they can choose the best outcomes for them.
Ray Peck, Hawthorn
SAS must not be trashed
The fine reputation of Australia's elite SAS must not be allowed to be trashed by the actions of rogue elements within it.
Which is why those accused of the murder and torture of unarmed Afghani citizens and prisoners must be called to account, in the appropriate civilian court, for their alleged actions.
That the murder of citizens and prisoners, in Afghanistan, took place in a non combat environment makes the alleged crimes even more heinous.