Rich homeowners and susceptible residents

Kudos to the Sunday Age for putting the image of the spouse of Peter Arvanitis, a director and proprietor of Heritage Care Pty Ltd, posing in entrance of her Maserati in your entrance web page. You would not have higher captured the disparity between the wealth and priorities of those suppliers and the plight of the residents they’re speculated to be caring for and defending. It’s a picture that will likely be arduous to shake. As soon as this pandemic is over, let or not it’s a catalyst for change.
Enisa Birdahic, Reservoir

Time to clamp down on grasping operators

As a 78-year-old residing comfortably at house, I learn with horror about how a few of my cohort are being handled in non-public, aged care amenities. There are two apparent causes for this. The primary is the obvious avarice and greed of the homeowners of lots of the for-profit amenities. The issues and the dearth of care at these owned by Heritage Care Pty Ltd is a stark instance of this.

The opposite is the truth that the Commonwealth Aged Care Act doesn’t mandate a minimal degree of staffing or expertise. Placing these two components collectively clearly demonstrates why we discover the horrible and precarious place aged care is in. The federal authorities must replace its laws in order that punitive motion will be taken in opposition to avaricious operators.
Rob Evans, Glen Iris

The aged deserve real respect and care

Let me get this straight. Some aged residents stay in ‘‘houses’’ with so few employees that they have to sit alone in dirty clothes, are unable to feed themselves, are dehydrated, typically in ache and liable to damage whereas the rich homeowners rake in a lot cash that they will afford outlandishly costly automobiles, houses and life. Is there even a second’s thought for the susceptible they exploit as they worship on the altar of cash? Does anybody within the federal authorities really imagine it’s attainable for profit-driven, aged ‘‘care’’ and real care to co-exist?
Suzette Miller, Ashburton

Some give again whereas others take all they will

Two pictures on the identical web page within the Sunday Age: a younger man and his workforce who volunteer to make 1000’s of free meals for well being staff and others in want, and a person in an costly swimsuit who co-owns, and has made hundreds of thousands from, poorly operated nursing houses. I do know who I’m applauding.
Anne Sgro, Coburg North

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Put the residents first

Previous to the Aged Care Act of 1997 homeowners and suppliers of nursing houses had been required to spend a specific amount of their appreciable Commonwealth funding on the availability of care and providers to residents.

This funding needed to be returned if Commonwealth officers couldn’t validate that it was spent accordingly. Since 1997, homeowners haven’t needed to account for the way in which during which funding is spent on care and providers. Subsequently employees will be employed with minimal or no {qualifications} – there isn’t any laws requiring them to have {qualifications} and no particular staffing ranges for every shift.

Previous to the 1997 act, Commonwealth officers carried out requirements monitoring assessments, whereas after that the business turned self-regulatory. A brand new act is urgently wanted and the aged care business shouldn’t be self-regulatory. Commonwealth funding should be used for care and assist of residents.
Jill Shields, Clyde North

Richness of their lives

Thanks to the grieving households who shared their stunning tales of the 4 pretty souls who sadly have handed – ‘‘They got here, lived, beloved … and are gone’’ (Sunday Age, 2/8). There was tenacity, richness and vitality in these phrases that COVID-19 can by no means erase.
Sue Clarebrough, Wangaratta

Conserving our elders protected

The 4 lives highlighted by Simone Fox Koob and Tony Wright – Maria Vasilakis, Haralambos Bakirtzidis, Angelina ‘‘Lina’’ Onciarich and Ilias Takis – remind us all that behind the pandemic statistics are actual folks (with family members) who lived wealthy and rewarding lives. They got here to Australia with hope of their hearts, in search of a greater life, so it’s really unhappy that they had been alone on the most important time of their lives and misplaced their lives prematurely. We have to be taught, and shortly, from their sacrifice and put new processes in place to maintain our elder Australians protected and stop this recurring.
Kate McCaig, Surrey Hills

Name it out now

The post-match actions of Richmond gamers Nick Vlastuin and Jayden Quick within the membership’s change room weren’t ‘‘silly actions’’ as Vlastuin defined, and shouldn’t be dismissed as a result of Mabior Chol reportedly had ‘‘no concern in any respect’’ together with his teammates. (Each gamers have since apologised.)

Groping genitals and somebody’s bottom is sexual assault. It doesn’t matter if it occurs within the change room, classroom or boardroom. It doesn’t matter if the sufferer is male or feminine. Richmond Soccer Membership and the AFL, which have led on many latest points together with Black Lives Matter and marriage equality, ought to take a powerful stance on this. If not, they are going to be condoning sexual assault within the office.
Gabriel Dabscheck, Elsternwick

Lengthy-term, inexperienced jobs

I’m disillusioned the Prime Minister’s plan to raise the economic system by way of the pandemic centres on amplifying our reliance on fossil fuels, on this case gasoline (The Age, 8/8). These industries and any related jobs are quick time period and unsustainable.

We could possibly be innovators within the renewable vitality and sustainability house, creating many extra jobs with long-term prospects; as an alternative, the money goes straight the place it has at all times gone, to the loud, mega-rich, fossil gas lobbyists.

I implore the federal government and opposition: please take into account this a possibility for some big-picture planning so we will assist the economic system with new, thrilling and sustainable companies, whereas additionally main the cost away from the environmental precipice we face.
Molly Williams, Templestowe

But extra methane

So Scott Morrison has determined we have to develop extra gasoline assets to fund us out of this financial disaster.

Right here we’re, the world’s greatest producer and exporter of pure gasoline, promoting it to our industrial opponents at rock-bottom costs with out the nous to quarantine adequate for our personal industries. Our authorities’s reply is to threat the aquifers of our richest agricultural land to assist a brand new gasoline area based mostly upon fracking. An business that’s not solely not wanted given our already large developments, however a specific model of gasoline manufacturing that’s recognized for its propensity to leak hundreds of thousands of tonnes of methane into the ambiance.
Timothy Ashton, Katamatite

Contact tracers by way of …

There have been lengthy delays in folks with coronavirus being contacted and interviewed about their shut contacts (The Age, 8/8). Why aren’t we hiring extra contact tracers? There are lots of college graduates and college college students who’ve expertise at working in market analysis name centres and who’re just lately unemployed. They could possibly be recruited and skilled to do that work safely at house by logging in to a centralised system. Contact tracing needs to be a really excessive precedence at the moment.
Sonya Jeffery, Coburg

… newly unemployed

There’s a enormous scarcity of contact tracers, with folks in quarantine not being examined usually for as much as three weeks. We even have a journey business that has been closed down in addition to libraries which might be shut. A match made in heaven, one would suppose.
Dianne Lewis, Mount Martha

Vital ministerial function

With the intention to keep away from one other resort quarantine fiasco the place there was confusion about who was in cost, isn’t it time for the Andrews authorities to nominate a COVID-19 minister?
Andrew Sharp, Malvern East

The bottle store ruling

I requested employees at my native state MP’s workplace why e book retailers had been closed however grog retailers had been open. The reply was, ‘‘most individuals learn books on screens nowadays, however actually wish to maintain and really feel a bottle’’. Absolutely not.
Marilyn Moffatt, Parkdale

It’s time for payback

Rio Tinto shipped 327.4million tonnes of iron ore from the Pilbara in 2019 (The Age, 8/8). However to enhance its monetary prospects, it was ready to destroy two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelters, so as to add Eight million tonnes of ‘‘higher-grade ore’’ to its gross sales. On the very least its acquire of $135million needs to be paid to the unique homeowners of the location.
Evert de Graauw, Wantirna

Governments’ function

Plainly Rio Tinto is taking the complete blame for the destruction of two rock shelters within the Juukan Gorge. However allow us to not neglect its motion was authorized. I hope the federal parliamentary inquiry seems inward at previous governments, each Liberal and Labor, state and federal, whose insufficient checks and balances let this occur. Our heritage previous to 1770 should first be acknowledged and at last protected.
Richard Brown, Albert Park

The money owed of our previous

I learn the letters this week from readers involved in regards to the degree of nationwide debt presently being left for future generations. It made me marvel who on earth they thought paid off the World Battle II and different main money owed incurred prior to now.
Barry Jones, Wonga Park

The ability of music

How stunning to examine an completed flute participant Sophie Weston’s new discovered love for the recorder (The Age, 8/8). Do folks realise that virtually anybody will be taking part in easy tunes in a few days? The guitar is nice for newcomers additionally. Hottest songs use solely three or 4 chords.

OK, it takes years and 1000’s of hours to develop into a virtuoso on any instrument, however modest success and large pleasure is at your fingertips. You don’t want a instructor; only a good instructing e book. Or, after all, it’s all on-line. At this terrible time, music can take away your boredom and light-weight up your life.
Douglas Lawrence, West Brunswick

Outdated, hale and hearty

I will likely be dusting off my 60-year-old college recorder if the reported lifespan of Dutch recorder composer Jacob van Eyck – 232 years – is a assure of longevity.
David Steele, Warragul

Sealed destiny

Peter Hartcher – ‘‘Minions within the vaccine arms race’’ (Remark, 8/8) – accurately factors out that the Western world now has two dismantling leaders in Boris Johnson, the chief of a failed empire, and Donald Trump, the chief of a failing empire, to form the post-pandemic world. In contrast to on the finish of World Battle II, we now even have enormous piles of Weapons of Mass Destruction and a distinctly self-destructive humanity to seal its personal destiny, with or and not using a vaccine.
Kishor Dabke, Mount Waverley

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