Housing needs a complete reassessment


A shuddering thought
As a former Tasmanian Greens activist and social gathering member I’m carefully following the Victorian Greens’ dealing with of their transgender debates. I don’t know whether or not to chortle or cry however I do shudder on the considered them ever being in energy.
Eddie Storace, Moonee Ponds

Misplaced my vote
In reference to “Contained in the Greens’ battle towards transphobia” (29/4). Let the Greens’ public ideological pushing and their inner ″⁣administration″⁣ of this difficulty be their downfall. They’ve definitely misplaced their manner, and my vote.
Katherine Sciglitano, Melbourne

Cult strikes
In studying ″⁣Contained in the Greens’ battle towards transphobia″⁣ it struck me that the Greens have gotten a cult. Historical past tells us what occurs to political events that flip to authoritarianism. Are there no adults left within the room? The place is Adam Bandt in all of this?
Velvet Kay, Castlemaine

Delusional stance
It’s arduous to image anybody studying the “Contained in the Greens” article with no sense of utter disbelief on the delusional and authoritarian nature of the proposed definition of “transphobia”. Primarily a celebration set as much as deal with accountable stewardship of nature and the atmosphere has determined an important difficulty is insisting that males are girls if they are saying they’re. And additional, that the mildest problem to this excessive place is so unacceptable as to require excommunication.
As a lesbian, I can not stress how exasperating it’s to be advised that my lack of curiosity in penises just isn’t a pure function of my sexuality however a manifestation of my appalling bigotry. The Greens’ place is so excessive, so illiberal and, above all so dishonest, that one can solely assume they don’t have any actual curiosity in taking a job in a authorities, preferring as a substitute to advertise an more and more discredited and cult-like place from the sidelines, shouting down adults trying to make real social progress that balances the pursuits of all.
Jo Smith, Reservoir

The best way again
Good to see The Age providing a balanced perspective on suppression of debate on girls’s rights in and out of the Greens. If they’ll take these points significantly, they might regain me as a voter.
Kate Bowshell, North Melbourne

A habitable planet, please
In final Saturday’s difficulty, The Age reported that we will anticipate 400,000 immigrants to Australia this 12 months, and columnist Ian Lowe wrote of the dire dangers we’re taking by persevering with the financial and inhabitants development agenda of present governments. It seems speedy development and denser dwelling is decreasing social, environmental amenity and housing affordability and rising social inequity. We have to present the current and future generations with a habitable planet and a future.
Jennie Epstein, Little River

Let’s get on with it
The article ″⁣When phrases fail, fists fly and hearts break″⁣ (28/4) is spot on as disgrace and stigma cease many adults coming ahead for assist with literacy and numeracy. The article’s examples are typical of tales that we hear throughout the nation.
It’s typically native grownup neighborhood schooling centres, or small neighborhood teams, generally with volunteer grownup literacy tutors, which supply probably the most interesting and supportive environments for studying and constructing confidence.
Making an attempt to navigate your manner round a altering world with out respectable grownup literacy and numeracy expertise can imply financial and social exclusion. In March 2022 the parliamentary inquiry into grownup literacy ″⁣Don’t Take It As Learn″⁣ was launched. The inquiry heard from many organisations, authorities departments and people and delivered a listing of suggestions. We already know what works. Can’t we simply get on with it?
Jenny Macaffer,
chief government officer, Grownup Studying Australia, Footscray

Plaudits for work
I applaud Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos’ work to discover a treatment for methamphetamine dependancy by stopping the drug from crossing the blood-brain barrier (″⁣Meth dependancy and the hunt for a vaccine″⁣, 29/4). Hundreds of Australian meth customers might have the possibility of studying new coping methods and in time, respect life. And the professor’s analysis might result in a treatment for different drug addictions.
Ian Cameron, Chelsea

Somewhat would hold it
Rotherwood, on Riversdale Highway, Camberwell, was constructed by Barry Humphries’ father Eric within the Thirties. Barry’s Poem for a Planner reveals he understood completely effectively the injury overdevelopment was doing to Melbourne, with strains like “To us the entire of Melbourne is totally up for grabs. And our developer of alternative makes use of the very best of concrete slabs”. Rotherwood has 9 dwellings, off-street parking and a big backyard. To permit it to be bulldozed for high-end flats causes vegetation loss, makes Camberwell hotter, and does nothing for housing affordability. It might be an acceptable tribute to Barry if his father’s legacy had been to stay as is.
Kelvin Thomson,
convener, Planning Democracy

Hope for Voice
Annika Smethurst’s article on the push for a free vote on the Voice within the state parliamentary Liberal Get together (″⁣Lib MPs push totally free vote on Voice″⁣, 30/4) provides hope that the marketing campaign for the upcoming referendum on the Voice is not going to degenerate into a celebration political bunfight.
As with the vote on marriage equality, all MPs ought to be capable of vote in response to their conscience, taking into consideration the desires of their constituents. Let’s hope the state Liberal Get together just isn’t sure by the opposition to the Voice expressed by the federal Coalition.
Graeme Lechte, Brunswick West

Ban the jumps
Your correspondent (Letters, 29/4) says, “It’s arduous to think about an exercise extra hostile to the goals and values of twenty first century Australia than duck capturing”. With jumps racing banned in all states besides Victoria, we nonetheless permit this long-outdated ″⁣sport″⁣, because of which horses will proceed to face a excessive threat of falling, sustaining horrible accidents and being killed on Victorian racing tracks.
Joe Wilder, Caulfield North

Shouldn’t be allowed
In 1980, English rock band Fischer Z put out an album referred to as Going Deaf for A Dwelling. Sadly, it’s those that like their music loud, who find yourself paying the value.
Chris Burgess, Port Melbourne


The coronation
Charles has waited 74 years for his day of pomp and circumstance. Let him get pleasure from it I say earlier than all of us go dashing off to turn out to be a republic.
Margaret Collings, Anglesea

Camilla, queen of Australia? Yeah, nah.
Sean Geary, Southbank

Let’s cry out and swear allegiance to the king. A crow name would do the trick. Woops fallacious king.
Paul Custance, Highett

Fantastic to see the federal authorities commit tens of millions to an AFL stadium in Hobart. Eventually the native CEOs can have someplace to carry an annual sleepout whereas the Tasmanian authorities solves its housing disaster.
Darren McClelland, Moonee Ponds

Federal funds of $240 million for a stadium in Hobart however no cash for Jobseekers. I’ve been hoodwinked.
Jack Morris, Kennington

Evidently pork barrelling for the following Tasmanian state election has began early.
Bryan Lewis, St Helena

It’s nice to see the AFL has managed to get three quarters of 1,000,000 {dollars} to assist with the housing disaster in Tasmania.
Bruce McMillan, Grovedale

In reference to “Contained in the Greens battle towards transphobia” (29/4), a celebration that takes significantly the truth of local weather change however denies the truth of organic intercourse has misplaced my vote.
Kathy Chambers, Northcote

Duck capturing might be referred to as a “sport” when the geese even have weapons and might combat again. In any other case it’s only a bloodbath of the defenceless.
Rod Eldridge, Derrinallum

If a typo may give People the suitable to arm bears (Letters, 30/4), what Victorians want is the suitable to duck arms.
Jenifer Nicholls, Armadale

If hen pie has hen in it, what’s in shepherds pie?
Irene Morley, Seaford

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