Where is Daniel Andrews? And what’s his long-term plan? (2022)

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COVID wave
Daniel Andrews was fronting daily press conferences when COVID began. But COVID is not over (“Surgery delays loom as COVID cases soar, The Age, 12/7). We still need strong leadership, explaining the current situation, what his government will do in response and why. What is Labor’s plan, both short-term and long-term, with burnt-out health workers resigning, and ambulance and GP shortages? Good leadership is not spinning the news to avoid the ire of the people. Good leadership is not keeping one eye on the polls, even when the general public has “pandemic fatigue”. Good leadership is being upfront and honest, making decisions and policy based on what is best for the state or country, not what will appeal to more voters at the next election.
M. Wood, St Helena

Take some advice, minister
I’m not happy with Victorian Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas rejecting advice from the acting chief health officer on COVID masks (“Thomas rejected CHO mandate, settled for ‘strongly recommending’ masks”, The Age, 12/7). Whatever happened to the wonderful safeguards enforced last year by the government – and to common sense?
Brian Morley, Donvale

I’d like to hear from Sutton
It’s a pity that Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton has been taken off visible hose duties and sent for such an extended holiday. It’d be great to hear his perspective about mask wearing and the COVID situation in general.
John Lippmann, Canterbury

The pocket pat of shame
On a tram journey a few weeks ago, less than half the travellers were masked; the usual ratio. But I noted something new. At three different stops newly boarding unmasked passengers, after a few moments, performed an elaborate and similar pantomime. This consisted of ostentatiously patting all their pockets – left, right, front and back – almost as if they were looking for a mask. Why the performance on this particular tram? Could it be they caught sight of one passenger; overnight bag, elaborate mask with filter, young, thin, a whiter shade of pale, slumped, exhausted-looking. And a thick beanie almost concealing the lack of hair. On the line that goes past the Peter Mac. Those passengers knew what they should be doing, and they knew why they should be doing it.
Donald Newgreen, Brunswick West

Get moving on vaccination incentives
Health experts say that the third COVID vaccine dose for all and the fourth for those over 50 years old are necessary to obtain best protection. Yet, governments are reluctant to impose mandates, despite more than 5 million eligible Australians not being up to date with vaccinations. Shouldn’t we use incentives to encourage uptake? For instance, the AFL/NRL could have a “lucky dip” where vaccinated members could win grand final tickets. Retailers could offer gift vouchers. Governments could run lotteries and so on.
Carlo Ursida, Kensington

Helmet laws show the problem with mandates
Like your correspondent (Letters, 12/7) I see valuable parallels between face masks and bicycle helmets. Unfortunately this makes me less, not more, optimistic that mandates would be effective. Masks and bike helmets reveal how seemingly obvious health interventions can meet widespread, implacable resistance. With bike helmets, this can be expressed passively just by not riding a bicycle. There’s evidence linking Australia’s helmet mandate to the relatively low rates of casual cycling. It’s part of the reason why our helmet mandate was never widely copied by the rest of the world.
Mask mandates, likewise, appear to deter people from coming into an office. With such measures, strong public education campaigns are essential, as is investment in complementary measures such as better indoor ventilation. Our governments could do a lot more to assist here.
Tony Morton, Coburg


(Video) Andrews 'deviating' from national plan with roadmap

Justice should be blind
When the chief of police publicly expresses his strong disappointment at the not guilty finding of the court (“‘Devastation’ for Silk, Miller families as Roberts walks free”, The Age, 12/7), it strongly suggests a lack of confidence in the justice system that he is supposed to support. If Roberts did not commit the crime, as the jury found, it should be accepted publicly, while understanding that most court decisions leave some not accepting, and very unhappy.
Grant Hawthorne, Golden Square

Plenty are willing to pay
The proposal by the MCC to gradually increase the membership fee of 50-year members is well overdue. The self-serving claim that these members should be rewarded for their loyalty is spurious. Loyalty has nothing to do with membership. Individual members need the MCC; not vice versa. With 205,000 on the wait-list, any 50-year member who does not renew their membership can be replaced immediately by a full-paying member. As a former overseas member who then only occasionally went to games, I have no sympathy for older members who feel that they are entitled to be subsidised by younger members.
Maurice Critchley, Mangrove Mountain, NSW

Roll in the changes
I became a 50-year member of the MCC in 2013 but I certainly do not remember paying only $20 a year for my membership in 1965 as claimed by MCC president Michael Happell. Nevertheless, I can understand the need to increase fees gradually – perhaps up to the equivalent of a full overseas member. While the MCC is working on rule changes, I have written a couple of times asking them to allow members to remove their coat in the Landy room, which is for 50-year members when the weather is hot, which can occur at the beginning and end of the football season.
Alan Inchley, Frankston

Minority rule
It is amazing that it will take six weeks for the British Conservatives to elect a new leader. The decision will be made by all its members, which number 200,000 in a population of 67.2 million. All of the current contenders have promised tax cuts to woo the 200,000. I am sure that most of the 200,000 are wealthy and the tax cuts are aimed at the top end of town. They may talk about caring for the nation, all they are interested in is becoming leader – forget about the needs of the other 67 million.
John Rome, Mt Lawley, WA

Lack of planning
What better evidence of Boris Johnson’s disastrous legacy could there be than the fact that 11 aspirants have come forward to fight each other for his job? Succession planning apparently was not in his (admittedly narrow) range of skills, though he could probably translate that phrase into Greek or Latin for you.
Tony Haydon, Springvale

(Video) Is Daniel Andrews the smartest salesperson in Australia?

Beyond us
Joe Biden says to Americans “there’s nothing beyond our capacity”. He was referring to the remarkable images from the Webb telescope launched into space in December and which travelled 1.6 million kilometres into the cosmos (“First James Webb telescope image looks further into space – and time – than ever”, The Age, 12/7). But Biden is wrong. It has been shown time and time again that controlling gun violence is well beyond their capacity. Would that Biden was right.
Nick Toovey, Beaumaris

Review American ties
In so many ways American and Australian politics are dramatically different. Response to recent decisions from the US Supreme Court and evidence surrounding the investigation into the events of January 6, 2021, have shown how fractured American society is. Isn’t it time to review our ties with the US? The European Union’s policies and goals are much more closely aligned with Australian values. We have been a stalwart friend to the US for many decades, but no one can be certain that Americans would support us if it didn’t suit their own interests. It’s time for debate on this critical issue before more American silliness takes root here.
David Lamb, Kew East

Democratic priorities
In response to your correspondent (Letters, 12/7), the US, UK and Australia have every right to lecture China on its treatment of minorities. Unlike the communist state, these democracies don’t lock up and torture large sections of their population in “re-education” camps, don’t hold “trials” in-camera and deny the accused legal representation of their choosing, but they do have a free and open media to hold the government to account.
Greg Hardy, Upper Ferntree Gully

Liberty needs guarding
Human rights are not absolute. They are granted by enlightened societies, usually after immense social campaigns. As we now observe, such rights can be quickly withdrawn by dictators, often with the connivance of religious fanatics and the monied class. We sort of expect this in Third World countries as phase of development, but the erosion of rights is well under way in advanced democracies in Europe, Russia, India and even in that bastion of personal freedom, the United States. It’s quite distressing to observe. Here in Australia, we must ensure we maximise personal liberty, while having due regard to the safe functioning of society as a whole.
Peter Barry, Marysville

Why meddle in Taiwan?
Hugh White should certainly have our leaders thinking (“We need heretics in China debate”, 9/7). Why indeed should we contemplate going to war with China over Taiwan when China has grown strong and likely can fire missiles into Australia without leaving home, when we did nothing to dissuade a much weaker China from taking over Tibet and Xinjiang, nor Kuomintang Chinese fleeing Mao and taking over Formosa. A takeover now of an island closer to the mainland than Tasmania will simply be one lot of Chinese replacing another, possibly to be regretted, but not worth risking World War III over.
Loch Wilson, Northcote

Leading from afar
Many citizens from both Australia and New Zealand are complaining that their prime ministers have been more “away than at home”. They believe these two should be attending to matters in their own backyards. In defence of our prime ministers, leaders of all countries should play a part in facilitating harmonious relationships on the world stage. National and international problems are inextricably entwined. The floods and other disasters will keep coming if the whole world does not make an effort to lower its carbon footprint. Wars will continue if negotiation is not discussed as the best way to resolve disputes. Yes, it is time for these two leaders to come home. However, we all need to recognise that they need to travel abroad at times.
Carole Lechte, Christchurch, NZ

Times not so tough
Sorry but I find it difficult to find any signs of the hard times that are upon us as everywhere I go I only seem to see large expensive cars, the holidaying public are an ever-growing bunch, houses that are constructed are gigantic and have heating and cooling that are industrial in size. Opulence and excess is everywhere. If this typifies hard times I wonder what a real disaster would look like.
David Eames-Mayer, Balwyn

Premium price
My humble third party fire and theft car insurance premium has gone up by a whopping 26 per cent for 2022-23. No claims, whatsoever, made on the policy. What is going on in the car insurance industry? Clients-the public are being taken for a “proverbial ride”. Needless to say, I am looking for options.
Michael Gamble, Belmont

(Video) Andrews seeks permanent 'pandemic' powers

Will Labor act?
Interesting news that Australia will support the Pacific Islands Forum’s campaign to have the International Court of Justice address whether inaction on climate change can be seen as a breach of human rights (“Australia preparing for the likelihood of climate refugees”, 12/7). The cognitive dissonance exhibited by the ALP between their rhetoric and their commitment in real life to continuing subsidies to coal and gas mining cannot be missed or glossed over. On the same day we discover that at $14.1 billion, coal has now eclipsed iron ore as Australia’s greatest export earner (The Age, 12/7). The continuing, wilful ignorance of political leaders addicted to wealth is becoming more and more acute. The Greens and teals will make mincemeat of the ALP if profound and genuine action is not taken.
Jill Sanguinetti, East Brunswick

Blade Runner revisited
Charles Purcell’s review of Blade Runner (“Forty years on, Blade Runner’s still peerless as a sci-fi classic”, 11/7) fails to mention the sexual assault scene. It’s true that Blade Runner can be counted as a masterpiece, that the performances are incredible and that its look has had a lasting impact, but ignoring the rape normalises the film’s view that prioritising men’s desires over women’s consent goes without saying.
Elizabeth Bromham, Sassafras

Let the love return
Brighton neighbours of your correspondents, (“Possums welcome here”, Letters, 12/7) who are being driven nuts by their “welcome” possums can be assured that black pepper and/or mustard powders spread liberally around will send the furry fiends back next door, to their loving friends.
Howard Hutchins, Chirnside Park

Stars all around
Those who persist in saying that astronomy shows we’re insignificant in the enormous universe, as if guarding against arrogance and hubris for some reason, ought to be ignored. We’re entitled to be overjoyed and proud of our planet of life, and of the human race, and its achievements. We are not insignificant.
Rod Matthews, Fairfield

And another thing

Health measures
Alas, decisions on Victorian COVID safety measures are now politically based rather than health-based.
Damian Meade, Leopold

Will Brett Sutton now be making economic recommendations for the state, seeing as how roles have been reversed?
Pete Sands, Monbulk

Where is Daniel Andrews? And what’s his long-term plan? (2)

No one would dare mandate masks now but why do our political leaders not set an example by wearing them?
John Walsh, Watsonia

My heart always sinks and I have a hollow feeling whenever I hear of someone wrongly jailed for several, or worse, many years (“‘Devastation’ for Silk, Miller families as Roberts walks free”, The Age, 12/7).
Barry Lamb, Heidelberg West

The forecast for house prices not to go below pre-COVID levels may give comfort to property owners, but not to first home buyers facing multiple interest rate hikes.
John Hughes, Mentone

Welcome back Peter Hartcher, (Comment, 12/7) – he reminds us that Abe’s legacy may be that “prosperity and pacifism seem no longer enough for the Japan of today”. If this is so we need to keep this changing Japan in our corner.
Hugh McCaig, Blackburn

NASA’s photos of the universe some 13 billion years ago are a perfect metaphor for reality. That is, there are those who can see back in space billions of light years away, while there are so many others who can’t even see the realities that are so very much closer to them.
Henry Herzog, St Kilda East

(Video) The only thing Daniel Andrews and his government excel at is ‘rat cunning’

What a lovely irony. Because you are living longer you lose your long-life MCC membership discount. What would you prefer?
Peter Randles, Pascoe Vale South

Thank you, David Noble. When the Kangas start winning games, hopefully you’ll be credited with laying the foundations.
Tim Durbridge, Brunswick

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