Compare the difference
It is an opportune time to compare the performance of the Victorian and NSW premiers on their handling of Covid quarantining.
Since March 2020, the facts:
- Victoria- Total travellers quarantined 35,666, NSW 124,893
- Victoria - Total Covid cases 20,456, NSW 4,940
- Victoria - total deaths 820, NSW 56
Victoria has also had to contend with numerous crushing lockdowns, including the world's longest, that have destroyed many small businesses with an unaffected public sector.
The latest snap lockdown a further nail in the coffin of surviving/struggling businesses.
Not to mention the cumulative personal emotional damage to our citizens.
Compare the more sensible and measured approach adopted in NSW with a premier having empathy and connection with business and avoiding draconian responses.
No disconnected bureaucratic style of leadership in that state.
So if Victoria has the world class quarantine and tracing program Dan Andrews repeatedly tells us, how come our results are so poor?
When will Victorians wake up?
I would be happy to trade in Dan for Gladys any day.
Robert Smallpage, Huntly
Conversion bill concerns
Gary McCay (Letters 13/2/2021) criticises the Victorian government's Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill 2020.
The Bill warns us that if we cause injury to someone by seeking to change or suppress their sexual orientation or gender identity, there will be consequences.
The point of this new law is not to force someone to do something, but to encourage Victorians not to injure someone else.
Most laws are similar to this.
A law doesn't actually stop anyone doing something, it just applies a penalty if we chose to ignore it.
For instance, there is the law against murder, yet people regularly commit murder.
The law simply warns anyone contemplating murder, that there is a penalty for doing so.
As with a person charged with murder, the accused under this new law will have his/her day in court to attempt to justify his/her act.
Sadly, for the victim of any crime, it is not possible to turn back the clock and undo harm done to them.
Gary may argue that he doesn't see conversion practice as a crime.
Some people who have committed murder say the same.
Quote attributable to Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities Ro Allen: "We're not broken and we don't need fixing."
Jan Govett, Strathdale
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