Behind the times
Unfortunately abortion will always be a controversial issue, just like assisted death.
But you know what else were issues that older generations still alive today would remember? Laws against inter-racial marriage, 'blacks only" areas, the AIDS crisis, the holocaust, and many more. Yet in 2019, my generation and those younger look back at history and think how appalling these issues were and how stupid and racist they were, and we couldn't care less what your beliefs are or who you want to hold hands with.
In 10 or 20 years we will look back and say "how stupid were these people forcing their beliefs onto us". Your religion does not and should not govern how the rest of the world want to feel or what they do. It's fine to have your religion but at the end of the day, our choices are not affecting you.
Ashleigh Watling, Albury
Well done Justin
If one cares to really read Justin Clancy's stand on the abortion reform bill in NSW, one would see that he's not "against" the bill, simply against the way it is being presented. He agrees that abortion should be decriminalised. I believe he has put forward some very well considered and valid tweeks to the proposed legislation. Well done Justin.
Joan Parker, Thurgoona
Welcome to Shovelville
As one drives in to Beechworth town one is welcomed with a monument of a golden horseshoe - commemorating Beechworth's golden history, in celebration of an event in 1855 when Donald Cameron, the miner's chosen candidate for the first Victorian Parliamentary elections, rode into town on a horse shod with imitation golden horseshoes on loan from a circus in town at the time.
Indigo Shire Council decided it was time Chiltern's history was also commemorated with a monument at the entrance to town, so they commissioned an artist to design a sculpture to honour Chiltern's rich history. The artist has provided Chiltern with a magestic sculpture, not sure of the brief, but we now have a gigantic rusty shovel at the entrance to town (oops its been installed on the exit side). A big rusty shovel to celebrate Chiltern's history? Surely a joke.
Chiltern has such a rich and diverse history: the invention and introduction of the electric locomotive system for underground haulage purposes occurred in the mines here. And Chiltern has provided some of Australia's finest, such as a Prime Minister considered one of the most influential citizens of the 20th century, as well as internationally acclaimed and award-winning authors, and those who have achieved acclaim in the political, media, academic, and sporting fields. But in commemoration of Chiltern's rich and diverse history, Indigo Shire installs a big rusty shovel.
And now the shovels are multiplying, each day another one appears, maybe it's time to change the town's name to Shovelville, and install a big sign at the town's entrance - "Welcome to Shovelville."
Christine Hay, Chiltern
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