While watching our Federal Minister for Women make her address to the Press Club on Tuesday, about the initiatives taken and the successes achieved in promoting the rights and opportunities for women in Australia, it gave me cause to reflect upon the plight of some women in our city of Albury.
One might reasonably ask, why in this city, do we not afford women one basic human right and that is the right to medical privacy?
I believe the psychological effect imposed on women by the protesters as these patients enter the Fertility Clinic in Englehardt Street increases the burden and the consequent risk of long-term physical and mental illness.
It is a medical fact that all aspects involving women's reproductive system are complex and no woman contemplates or seeks an abortion without previous serious deliberation. The protesters and placard holders cannot know the anguish these attending patients have gone through and should provide, as a minimum, the privacy and dignity these patients deserve.
Dorothy Campbell, Albury
Show us the money
The sale of government assets should be flowing into regional areas after years of regional neglect.
It is time to have regional people treated more fairly. Imagine the stimulus to many Murray River towns if the Victorian and NSW governments allocated money from the sale of Snowy Hydro to cross-border infrastructure.
It is time for some joint pressure on the NSW and Victorian governments from regions along the Murray River. It is time to make these towns remarkable places to live, work and holiday from Albury-Wodonga to Mildura/Buronga/Wentworth. Cross-border politicians should be far more united . Regions must now “Thrive not just Survive”, as the NSW Premier has stated.
Stuart Davie, Corowa
Time for overhaul
More than two million Australian cars have defective air bags, with many of those cars in Victoria. These air bags can, and have, killed car occupants. This news may not make drivers feel comfortable about taking the family out this weekend.
Taxpayer funded VicRoads is responsible for road safety but it’s not working. The air bag threat has been known for some time. Why didn’t VicRoads push the Feds to counter this threat sooner? Why were defective cars allowed on our roads in the first place? Why is the onus on drivers to monitor threat lists? What is the Minister for Road Safety doing to fix VicRoads?
If you add this air bag mess to the dangerous neglect of rural roads and the costly wire rope barrier roll out you get a lot of extremely worried road users. VicRoads urgently needs a complete overhaul if not replacing.
Damien Codognotto OAM, Independent Riders Group Melbourne
This week while shopping in Albury I lost my phone and debit card. They were handed into the Albury Police who rang my partner ASAP. I had the phone and card returned before I had even realised I lost them. Amazing honesty. Thank you to the person who handed them in and well done Albury Police for managing to ring and alert us.