Letter to the editor

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 06-Oct-2017


Sorry state of Australia

There used to be a time when Australia was a bold, adventurous, visionary, forward looking country exploring new ideas. What happened? 

Well along came Howard, and then Abbott, who took over the mantle of having his foot on Australia’s throat, attempting to erase the last gasp of common sense from any conversation, and we have been going backwards ever since. 

At this present moment we are still being lectured by Howard, a former prime minister who was lost his own seat in an election, and Abbott who was booted out of the present collection of unrepresentative swill, with the opportunity of any sensible conversation of the topic in hand met with fear and prejudice. 

This is not the Australia that most of us were brought up in, now being divided by backward thinking politicians who have no idea what the public want, because they only choose to treat them with any respect at election time. 

Well, I believe those days are over. If anyone requires convincing just look at this present fiasco, where they cannot or will not make a decision unless it benefits themselves.

But the time is coming when they will have to justify this non-binding non-compulsory waste of $122 million. 

It is time we took our country back both from illegitimately elected people, who by this “oversight” have shown their incompetence and contempt for the system, and others who would like nothing else than see the country divided, pitting friends against friends, will never have to justify their actions while drawing hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money, so isn’t it time that these people were exposed as what they are, simply opportunists – overpaid ones as well.

Really, how thick are some Australians? Enough is enough.

Ken Price,


Poor planning

Well done city planners or should I say “unplanners.” For a long, long time now the central business district of Bendigo, once recognised as Mitchell Street, Hargreaves Mall and side streets off of these two main areas, has been slowly dying.

Walk along both sides of Mitchell Street and Hargreaves Mall and you will notice the very large number of empty shops. 

By reducing the speed limit less and less potential customers will want to shop there.

The traders who will mostly benefit from a speed reduction in the CBD will be those in the outer suburbs, like Strathdale, Centro Lansell, Epsom shopping centre, Eaglehawk, Strath Village and the like. 

Drivers will be too frustrated and in fear of speeding fines to want to drive in the CBD. Drivers transport shoppers to the CBD, if cars are discouraged, there will be no reason for additional safety for pedestrians, as they will not be there. 

I would have expected that any town planner or councillor would have considered the continuing closure of businesses in the CBD before even considering this thoughtless suggestion.

A pedestrian crossing outside the front door of the Capital theatre is a great idea. The opportunity for shoppers to walk between all of the shopping areas in the CBD is a great idea.

However, what thought has been given to the amount of time it will take the average person to walk to an area, browse the shops and purchase items before the time runs out on the one-to-two-hour parking space they are occupying?

I believe the Bendigo planners and councillors need a serious education in business planning and infrastructure needs. 

Brian Kemp 

Golden Square

None of his business

In his letter, “Certificate consequences”, Bendigo Weekly, September 28, Mr Ashby wonders about what information would be included on a birth certificate of a child adopted by a same-sex couple.

So why does he want to know?

If he really does want answers to these questions, he can try to find out in the following ways.

Firstly, he could seek out some same-sex couples who are already caring for children and ask them what is on each child’s birth certificate, and explain to the couples why he feels it is important that he should know. 

He could explain that he is making this request in the interests of the child’s gender identity.

Secondly, he could contact Births, Deaths and Marriages and ask them for a list of all births recorded, and the information contained in those records, of children known to be in the care of same-sex parents. 

He could also request this information be available to anyone, like himself, who feels the need to be privy to it, come the time when marriage equality is legal. 

He could explain that these requests arise from his concern that as a result of same-sex parenting, there may some doubt as to what the child’s gender actually is.

However, Mr Ashby should not be at all surprised to be told by all parties that these instances are covered by strict privacy laws, and since they are none of his business in the first place, he is not entitled to have any of this information. 

Such inquisitiveness has nothing to do with the marriage equality debate. Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten are under no obligation to express any opinions on this matter in this context either, for exactly the same reason.

 Julie Hopper,



Allow No voters to speak

Margot Spalding wrote a letter to the editor titled “Time to believe”, Bendigo Weekly, September 22. 

She uses the words, bigotry, discrimination and equality four times each. She is implying that if you don’t vote “yes” for same-sex marriage you are a bigot, a discriminator of equality.

Bigotry is a very old word and has the aspect of disagreement to the current creed/laws. 

Tanya Pilbersek, deputy leader of the Labor Party in 2015 stated, “We changed 85 laws at the time, removed every piece of legal discrimination against gay men, lesbian or same sex couples on the statute books”.

So Believe in Bendigo, equality has been dealt with. 

In Canada after 12 years of SSM, the majority of LGBTQI have not bothered to get married. If it was about equality, don’t you think they would avail themselves of it?

If you are inclusive as you say, you will allow the No voters to talk about their concerns. 

When shops in Bendigo have involved themselves with “It is okay to say No”, management have been approached and told to pull them down or be boycotted. This is before the law has been changed.

Tim Pryse,


Thank you to library

I would like to congratulate Vivien Newton and her staff at the Bendigo Library on creating such a wonderful tribute to my Great Aunt, the late Dorothy Steel.

Dorothy was educated at Wedderburn before transferring to Bendigo High School, where she completed her education.

She returned to Bendigo High as a teacher in 1943. In 1951 she was promoted to Senior Mistress. In 1959 she became the first principal of the new Bendigo Girls Secondary School at Flora Hill.She retired in 1965. At the time of her death in 1977 a me

morial service, which was unique to Bendigo at the time, was held so her many friends could honour her.

Her family funeral service was held in Wedderburn. In 1981 a cabinet was presented to the Bendigo Library to honour her memory. This cabinet is housed in the Family History area of the library.

Vivien and her team have created their tribute in the cabinet; it contains many memories of her lifelong dedication to the youth of Bendigo.

Pat Wheelhouse,

Golden Square

Cruel and Irresponsible

One evening recently a vehicle hit a kangaroo on the Bendigo-Pyramid Road. The driver continued on his way, leaving a severely injured animal in the middle of the road – a cruel and irresponsible action.

When an animal is injured on the road the police or a wildlife rescue organisation such as WRIN should be called to deal with it.

Leaving an injured animal to die a slow, painful death is neither moral nor legal and may be a risk to other road users.

Pat Horan,



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