Action rather than statements
The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government would overhaul the country's sexual discrimination laws to make members of parliament, judges and public servants accountable for harassing colleagues in the workplace.
Mr Morrison appears to be very good at making public statements, but it remains to be seen when will we see any significant action on this matter?
Bill Collier, Golden Square
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Supermarket competition needed
I am all for this program of change to help put Castlemaine back on the map.
The shopping centres in Castlemaine are way too expensive and over priced.
I hope in time that we may develop a strong competition in supermarkets here.
Then hopefully Coles will come, and I also would like an Aldi supermarket to be here.
That will be terrific for the town.
We need more businesses here and opportunities for people to work and live here.
So hopefully we will see other businesses here too, like McDonald's and other fast food companies.
Who wants to live in an over-priced area that is lacking sufficient services?
Ian Rietschel, Castlemaine
COVID-19 vaccination confusion
Both myself and my wife are in section 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination roll out and are attempting to get an appointment for the vaccination.
We were told that our health clinic, Eaglehawk Medical Centre, whilst willing and able to vaccinate all their listed patients, did not have the ability to vaccinate any patients other than those on their books, and therefore was not accepted as a government clinic for vaccination.
Personally I found their approach totally understandable and acceptable.
The prime minister originally said, "You will be able to get your vaccination from your own GP, even from chemists"
In Queensland all GP clinics are accepting responsibility for vaccinating their own patients, and in most cases, not additional patients, that are not with that clinic.
But in Victoria, only those clinics recognised by the government who are prepared to vaccinate their own patients, and also the general public, are accepted!
So I thought we will have to go online and find a government-nominated clinic near us that was acceptable, and I selected a medical group at Kangaroo Flat, and contacted them to make an appointment.
I was told that it would be sometime after Easter, because they were vaccinating only their own patients at this stage, and since I was not part of their own patient list, there would be some delay in getting an appointment!
It leads me to conclude that governments are very good at promoting good ideas on occasions, but rather hopeless when it comes to the implementation of those ideas.
It also occurs to me that if you allowed our own GP to carry out vaccinations, he or she would be aware of any perceived medical problems that an individual may have and which would make them adverse to vaccination, whereas the government-selected clinics would have no idea!
Barry Nankervis, Golden Square
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