It’s only a dress rehearsal10th July 2021
Part of a package
With the Australian grand prix, Moto GP, Boxing Day Test, AFL grand final, Melbourne Cup and Australian Open, Melbourne has been firmly established as the sporting capital of the country.
If you are not prepared to protect what you have fought so hard to win, there is always someone who will take it from you. Pull out one or two events and the overall package is weakened.
Just look at the zeal displayed by premiers from other states when we were unable to stage the grand final. Also, there is constant talk from envious premiers on how we should “share” these events.
The misguided glee shown at the demise of this year’s GP suggests some people are focusing on one event, not the overall calendar. We should never take for granted that we will always have these events.
Bruce Reid, Beaumaris
Voices of experience
It’s time to shock the naysayers and the apathetic into fronting up for the jab.
I suggest a series of television interviews with hospital patients who tell us what it’s like to have the disease and their battle to survive it.
Desmond Zwar, Beechworth
Not a good record
People who think along the lines suggested by your correspondent (“Why many leftist parents opt for private schools”, Letters, 9/7) should bear in mind that studies show the drop-out rate for kids from private schools kids in their first year of university is much higher than that of government school kids.
If those parents wanting the best for their kids invested their time and energy into supporting their neighbourhood government school, whole communities would benefit. And their kids would thrive.
Trevor Cobbold, a former Productivity Commission economist and current convener of Save our Schools, has incredible supportive evidence on the SOS website that could reassure all but the totally elitist to put trust in their local government school. I hope these people check it out.
Susan Mahar, Fitzroy North
Here in the real world …
Your correspondent’s assertion that students attending private schools free up resources for public schools (“Choosing not to be a burden on the state coffers”, Letters, 9/7) would be great if it were true, however, in the real world, taxpayer support for private schools comes at the expense of public education.
James Proctor, Maiden Gully
It’s time he went
Labor has to face the facts. The present government is on the nose with so many stuff-ups, but the ALP under Anthony Albanese is making no inroads into its popularity.
Mr Albanese and the ALP hierarchy have to decide, is it “Albo’s turn”, win or lose, or does he stand down and allow someone who can win government lead the way? It’s time for the ALP and Tanya Plibersek to step up to the plate.
Struan Leeson, Doncaster East
Ditch the ideology
Is there a slim hope that out of the COVID-19 difficulties now being faced by Sydney, there will come a revival of the “we are all in this together idea” of the first half of last year? The creation of the “dictator Dan” in Victoria versus the “gold standard’ in NSW framing was always inaccurate, unhelpful and quickly became counterproductive.
COVID-19 in various forms will be with us for many more years, and there are difficult issues and decisions concerning public and economic health ahead of us all.
We live in an economy and society, and resolving to ditch the ideology, posturing and grandstanding over COVID-19 would be useful.
Stewart Sweeney, Adelaide, SA
A gold-standard critique
Tony Wright, you’ve done it again (“Sydney’s gold-standard treatment”, The Age, 9/7).
He has summed up Sydney’s approach to its current situation very succinctly. A gold-standard critique of a less than gold-standard situation.
John Cummings, Anglesea
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