Letter of the Week
Watching thousands of women and men marching at various venues across Australia protesting against sexual assault and lack of interest and support from their employers brought me to tears.
As a man, husband, father and grandfather, I couldn't believe these women could suffer so much because their employers failed in their duty of care. It goes beyond that.
It is attitude towards women in general by those employers who have not even had the decency, in Brittany Higgins' case, to read her letter containing information about her allegations.
The PM needs to be more careful with his choice of words when speaking on this subject as he hasn't even read that letter, yet he commented on its content?
How is that for for showing respect?
Men are generally loving towards women and respectful, however, these powerful speeches - punctuated with emotion - expressed how much damage had been perpetrated upon each victim.
Education in the home is where it starts.
Please have this conversation in your home tonight. Don't hold back, nor put it off.
It is so important the education continues throughout primary and secondary schools as well.
Women, please maintain the rage. Men are with you.
Women make up 54 per cent of Australians so they make up a huge voter voice. Use it.
Michael English, East Bendigo
A national disgrace
The recent interview with former foreign minister and deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop regarding the toxic culture of federal parliament surely only confirms what most people already knew - it was unlikely that she would become Prime Minister as the fallout from the recent events confirms, that the " boys club" culture controls everything, even what they can say and do.
It is just unspeakable that these supposed leaders of society have learned absolutely nothing from the Gillard era.
In fact, things have deteriorated to the point of asking "why would anybody sacrifice their partner or wife to the alleged attitude of some of these people who have been exposed as acting improperly?".
These people are supposed to be setting the highest possible standard of behaviour.
If this sort of behavior is seen as " normal" to some, what message does that send to the rest of society?
Haven't we got enough troubles domestically without reading about disgraceful behaviour from some people who sit and make the laws that affect all of us and who lead a privileged life - very different to some in society who fund their lifestyle.
There has been a gradual decline over the years of unacceptable behavior, but the situation in Canberra at the moment is a national disgrace.
Our country is being treated with a rubbish dump mentality, with Canberra being the sewer pit of Australian politics.
It is very unfortunate that this whole grubby situation, has also tarred the good people with the same brush.
Ken Price, Eaglehawk
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Government sorely lacking accountability
The concept of accountability has escaped the federal government.
The Prime Minister trusts Christian Porter's denial of wrongdoing but not the voice of the alleged victim.
The PM didn't read the allegation or seek the advice of the Solicitor General and sees no need for an independent inquiry.
This denies Christian Porter a chance to clear his name and denies the community a balanced view of whether he is fit to be Attorney General.
This incident follows an established government pattern of dodging accountability.
Robodebt forced Centrelink clients to struggle to disprove false debt allegations.
This illegal system, for which the government was forced to pay huge damages, funded by taxpayers, caused enormous suffering.
None of the ministers responsible for this system suffered any consequences.
The government paid $30 million for land valued at $3 million.
Since revealing this, the Audit Office has had its funding cut.
The scandals continue.
A consistent feature is the PM's unqualified support of his ministers and refusal to respond to questioning.
Nothing to see here. Move on.
We urgently need an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) with suitable powers and transparency.
Not the half-baked scheme the government is reluctantly proposing.
Pat Horan, Sebastian
Signs pointing toward climate catastrophe
Climate science has warned us for years now of the dangers of run-away global warming.
What is not apparent is what that would look like exactly. Will we all perish within a few years or will it be a slow burn over decades?
Now there is the news that snow gums are dying in the high country and serious and persistent rainfall shortfalls in the arid inland show that we have certainly entered a new phase.
These feedback loops are beginning to have an impact.
In the case of the snow gums the death of vegetation communities adding carbon dioxide and methane to the atmosphere are a new accelerant.
Most recently, there were reports that Beijing experienced a February day 22 degrees above average.
It adds to the level of alarm that we are already at breaking point.
Patrick Hockey, Castlemaine
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