Hotel's story worth telling
Thank you to the ABC for having the courage to show the story of the Gatwick Hotel and its owners. Two women who showed compassion and a non-judgmental way of providing a bed for those people who needed it. They may have been on ice or endured mental health issues but were treated humanely by these two women and their family for 50 years. I am sure no commercial TV networks would have shown this story.
Lesley Jackson, Portland
Sisters' tale deeply moving
Gatwick: The Last Chance Hotel allowed the truth to unfold about this maligned, misunderstood place. It captured sisters Rose Banks and Yvette Kelly devoting their lives to unfolding clean sheets, spreading blankets and comforters to make a bed and a home for the displaced and despised in our society. Their decency, hard work, and service ethic was humbling and deeply moving. Thank you for showcasing this rolled gold standard by which to judge the crass materialism of The Block.
Cheryl Wragg, Moe
Series overlooks Australia
I viewed SBS's Civilisations big offering with increased trepidation. Where were the achievements of indigenous Australians, surely a civilisation of note? Even the bullroarer, a musical instrument used by this culture, was mentioned. Not the first Australians. Is this an audio-visual Terra Nullius?
Anthony Riddell, Richmond
Kiwi TV lacking
Having just returned from New Zealand and viewing their television offerings, we should all give a daily thank you here in Oz to the ABC and SBS for their offerings. Whilst they may not always appeal, they at least provide us with food for thought and stimulation of the brain cells that are lacking across "the ditch".
Greig Morris, Tullamarine
Concern for children
I'm concerned about the children in The Secret Life of Four Year Olds. The scenario where all the children were sitting in a circle talking to the teacher, who asked if boys and girls could be friends.
All the boys – naturally – said no, and all the girls said yes. They were then asked if they would like to choose any particular girl they would like to be friends with, and all the boys chose the same girl, leaving the three other girls wondering why they hadn't been chosen, one getting very upset.
These sort of questions shouldn't be asked unless thought has been given to the outcome. This emphasis on girlfriend/boyfriend is a very American attitude and has no place here with such young children.
Jill Burn, Ivanhoe
Coffee cup tribute
Nice to see on Adam Hills: The Last Leg (ABC, 21/11), arrayed without comment among the politician effigies and other memorabilia of the news week on the desk of host Hills, a white coffee cup emblazoned with the name Sisto.
Ken Williams, Richmond
Comedy's topical triumph
Murphy Brown is so topical. It takes on Trump with comedy, irony, humour, rapier wit and Hillary Clinton.
Myra Fisher, Brighton East
Promotion all too soon
It's like the Easter egg roll-out in January that makes me cringe: MKR promotional ads on already? It was painful enough during the Australian Open, but please not now already.
Sue Clarebrough, Wangaratta
Let kids take control
Once again, it's the kids who are better informed, more knowledgeable, more articulate, and, dare I say, much smarter than our federal government ministers (Q&A, 3/12), and they're gaining momentum. I just hope they can take control before it's too late.
Henry Herzog, St Kilda East