Letters to the editor

No turbines turning

AT FIRST light this morning in southern Queensland there was frost on the grass and the chook water was frozen.

There was not a breath of wind to turn a turbine, and not a ray of sunshine struck our solar panels.

But at the flick of a switch our stove, electric jug and heaters were energised. What supplied the power?

The old reliables, of course – coal, gas and hydro.

- V. Forbes, Washpool

Time to call it what it is

THE socialisation of boys is in question, when in the majority of fatal domestic violence cases, men are the perpetrators.

Laws do not protect the vulnerable from what goes on behind closed doors.

In an age of  increasing violence, usually the most vulnerable are the victims of violence, through civil war, in developing and third-world nations in particular.

In countries suffering economic hardship, lawlessness and poverty, women and children are most at risk. In Australia, domestic violence  is not treated like criminal assault in personal relationships.

AVOs are useless when perpetrators are free to harass and punish those who seek help and protection outside the home. Those under scrutiny are incensed by public shaming. The "how dare they" attitudes of perpetrators against the legal system in their personal affairs, leads to more aggression. 

With the gender gap between men and women even more obvious in the third millennium, in the workplace and in personal relationships, where the majority of unpaid work falls on women, it implies women are not valued as much as their male counterparts, generally, in society.

Hence, many men of low self-esteem, challenged by events outside the home, seem to feel entitled to rule like despots. 

Domestic violence, which, unless it leads to murder, is treated like another issue apart from criminal assault on strangers. Its very name implies it is less than a crime when perpetrated upon persons in relationship.

It's time to call it what it is.

We need our politicians to criminalise domestic violence and protect the valuable 51 per cent of our nation's human resources. The Me Too movement has only highlighted the issue.

Where to now?

- E. Rowe, Marcoola

Manners, please

WHAT in the world is with all the bad manners demonstrated while out in public? 

Men spitting in the street, women carelessly tossing their cigarette butts out of car windows or even onto the footpath, young drivers screaming obscenities at others if they feel they have been slighted in some way… the list goes on.

Please use the manners your mamas (hopefully) taught you.

It takes no extra effort and it makes life more pleasant for everyone.

- J. Nicklas, Kooralbyn

Social problems in too-hard basket

MILDURA ex-police officer Denis Ryan, who risked his career prospects by exposing child abuse and cover-ups by church and police around 50 years ago, is now receiving recognition.

Mr Ryan’s testimony influenced the Australian government’s Royal Commission into Child Abuse which did so much to ensure that Catholic offenders were chased up.

Of course, well over 90 per cent of abuse always happened  –  and still happens –  in situations nothing to do with the church.

To seriously curb abuse in a big way would involve somehow eradicating the effects of broken marriages, alcohol and drug use, pornography, neglect of Bible teachings etc. All of these have been consigned by councils, politicians, governments, media and academics to the too-hard basket.

- A. Jago, Nichols Point