While the politicians and others are all praising the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine there are those of us who have fallen through the cracks in the queue.
I'm a 73-year-old quadriplegic in aged care, but living at home rather than in a nursing home.
Each morning I receive the services of two carers that perform the functions of my bathroom requirements as well as dressing me and finally hoisting me into my wheelchair.
My wonderful wife is my primary carer during the remainder of the day and night, attending to my every need.
The carers that my aged care agency send may also care for up to 15 or more other "patients" a week each.
Because of the spinal injury (C5) I sustained from my accident (11 years ago now), my diaphragm is very weak, so my breathing is quite compromised.
It is very difficult for me to cough up any mucus or otherwise or to throw up at all.
On my discharge from hospital I had been strongly advised to receive the flu vaccine every year as any such virus could potentially take my life.
Why is it then that people like myself, together with the agency carers, have not been included in the initial stages of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in parallel with nursing home recipients?
Lud Kerec, Forde
In relation to allegations of sexual abuse and rape by victims, the Prime Minister has made two very different responses.
In May 2019 he said: "One of the things that often happens is that they're (victims) not believed and their stories are not believed. And it's important that their stories are believed. And that they know that if they come forward their stories will be believed".
On Monday, March 1, in relation to the rape allegations against Attorney-General Christian Porter, the Prime Minister said: "I had a discussion with the individual who absolutely rejects these allegations. At this stage there are no matters that require my attention".
So who does the Prime Minister believe?
Tony Falla, Ngunnawal
Your editorial "The Porter rape claims must be tested" (canberratimes.com.au) is a disgrace. What you support is an alternative default process when the legal system can't put someone on trial.
Where would this end and why is this different to the Shorten case? In this particular case, if your approach is adopted, I assume you would envisage that the background of the person making the allegation would be intensively examined which might not be comfortable for some.
And as for your statement that experienced political figures, including Anthony Albanese and Malcolm Turnbull, back an inquiry is risible when you consider where those two are coming from.
In a recent interview with the ABC's David Speers, Albo was asked what he would do if he was Prime Minister. And his answer, (from experience presumably) after the unnecessary "With all due respects", was that it was a hypothetical question!
Eric Hodge, Pearce
A witch hunt
Those who watched the federal Attorney-General's media conference on Wednesday saw a man devastated by allegations of a decades-old rape by a woman, now deceased, who was reportedly mentally-troubled; allegations that had never been put to him personally.
The woman's family reportedly did not want the media to promote her claims, while the woman herself had apparently asked the NSW Police to end their investigation.
Yet after Mr Porter made his statement and bravely agreed to answer questions, there seemed to be a barrage of angry journalists, baying for his blood.
This is a political witch-hunt, a trial by media. It is not justice.
Lindsay Dent, Campbelltown, SA
Campbell was right
If you put a fork into a toaster, or close your eyes and walk across the Tuggeranong Parkway, you're acting dangerously.
Although they may legally be adults but still teenagers, the CDF's warning to young women in the ADF that being alone after midnight and after drinking and while wearing display clothing is dangerous is probably exactly what their parents might well want him to do.
They've put their trust in the ADF to look after their kids. And anyone who says women should be able to act in that way and be perfectly okay, although quite correct, obviously doesn't understand the reality of how the world works.
By encouraging women to think that way, they may well be putting them in danger.
Dallas Stow, O'Connor
All those young people who are up in arms about General Angus Campbell's comments need to remember that we live in a society where not everyone obeys the rules.
General Campbell has many years of experience working with young people from all walks of life. He is a gentleman who knows how young people behave.
His advice was just what every thinking parent or grandparent would be saying to their children.
Not everyone on this earth is nice. Why do anything that puts you in a vulnerable position? Both sexes need to be responsible.
Marilyn Brocklebank, Kaleen
Apparently, it is permissible for Forestry NSW to cut down trees before legal action can be taken due to a breach of environmental regulations. This is putting the cart before the horse. We cannot afford to jeopardise what is left of our precious wildlife habitats after the Black Summer bushfires, then assess the damage afterwards.
We are already world leaders in mammal extinction rates ("12 more local animals now extinct", March 4, page 9). The unique flora and fauna of our wilderness areas are a major tourist attraction, set to generate billions of dollars into our economy post-COVID-19.
We cannot afford to jeopardise what is left of our precious wildlife habitats after the Black Summer bushfires, then assess the damage afterwards.Anne O'Hara, Wanniassa
Established trees and old-growth forest are also a readymade carbon offset. The current policy reflects a complete lack of foresight in environmental planning. Environmental protections in Australia urgently need to be strengthened, at both state and federal levels.
Anne O'Hara, Wanniassa
Ban the bombs
The ACT's great weakness on the emissions question is its addiction to the private motor vehicle.
Because of Canberra's sprawling layout, necessarily limited bus network, and the "spinal" light rail service, Canberrans feel compelled to commute using their cars.
This strongly suggests that the ACT government should do more to support, or subsidise, the uptake of electric and/or hydrogen fuel cell cars. Canberra could then justly claim to be almost entirely emissions free.
Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin
Up in smoke?
I note our Chief Minister believes the lack of interest in his up-market Arboretum "Boutique, Luxury Eco-Lodge, suited to luxury wellness and nature devotees" is because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Perhaps, there is another reason. Maybe our Green/Labor government has conveniently forgotten about the recent devastating and tragic bushfires in Western Australia, Victoria and NSW, California and the ACT's catastrophic fire storm and ember attack on January 18, 2003, which came to the fringes of the arboretum site.
If so I don't believe Canberra residents and developers will ever forget. I certainly won't.
Surely, the main lessons learnt from these terrible fires is that residential structures should never be permitted to be built in bushfire-prone areas.
The arboretum is currently a healthy collection of small, young trees, which will eventually mature into a dense forest of 44,000 fully grown trees.
That must surely be the wrong location for a safe "luxury wellness Eco-Lodge"?
P. R. Temple, Macquarie
Australia Post delivers
Margaret Lee (Letters, February 23) questioned the performance of Australia Post.
We recently phoned for a spare part for our vacuum cleaner at 4.50pm on a Friday.
Imagine our amazement when the part arrived, from Chullora, at 8.15 am on Saturday morning, less than 16 hours after ordering.
While it is true that parcels generally arrive more promptly than letters I say "bravo Australia Post". It can be done.
Renée Goossens, Turner
Craig Kelly's comment that he has "two young girls" ("Inquiry launched into Craig Kelly's office", canberratimes.com.au, February 24) working in his office speaks volumes about his attitude towards young women and about the culture in his office.
His use of the diminutive demeans these staffers.
If they were male, would he refer to them as "young boys"?
Patricia Saunders, Chapman
TO THE POINT
POINTS TO PONDER
Two apposite observations from the redoubtable Christopher Hitchens: "What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof," and "We grant that hatred is a stimulant, but it should not become an intoxicant."
W. A. Reid, Crace
One can only think after watching Laura Tingle, Leigh Sales's interview with Zali Steggall and the cabal of other female reporters on Thursday night's 7.30 that the program has now become a feminist voice.
Roman Buszynski, Kaleen
THE END IS NIGH
Michaelia "Gnash" as the acting Attorney-General? The government is surely doomed.
Murray Upton, Belconnen
THE NEXT STEP
The Christian Porter accusation is a difficult matter for all concerned. Thankfully the solution is well under way as NSW State Police, guided by the AFP and Mr Porter's department, have already determined there is nothing to see here. All that remains is a full and frank inquiry by Phil Gaetjens.
Julian Robinson, Narrabundah
THE RULE OF LAW
The NSW Police have determined there is no legally admissible body of evidence, positive or negative, in the Attorney-General's case. If the best legal minds can't resolve that situation I can't see how the South Australian Coroner can. If innocent until proven guilty is to be watered down outside our courts we may as well discard trial on the basis of the evidence.
Colliss Parrett, Barton
NO SURPRISES HERE
Thank you Roger Bradbury ("I ran the numbers on the bicycle wars", March 4, p26) for confirming by your data what the majority of us already knew; that many cyclists are selfish path and road users.
Evelyn Foster, Ngunnawal
WHO'S TO BLAME?
If there has been "frenzied politicisation", as Christian Porter claims, this in large part has been as a result of his own failure to come forward, and as a result of his own party's failure to be open about his identity.
Peter Dark, Karabar
The leader of a neo-Nazi group and his sidekick demanded to see a Channel Nine journalist who did a segment on his organisation for a current affairs program before bashing a security guard who had to be taken to hospital by ambulance. The pair then ran away. Wow! These neo-Nazis are clearly such brave bastards.
Rajend Naidu, Glenfield, NSW
AND THE WINNER IS...
I was amused to see Brisbane was the preferred host for the 2032 Olympics. How can something be prefered if there is no other choice?
Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill, Vic
AND THE VICTIMS?
Greg Cornwell (Letters, March 3) focuses on the possibility of innocent men having their lives ruined by false accusations of sexual assault. What a pity he didn't have anything to say about the far bigger problem of women and girls having their lives ruined by sexual predators and rapists.
Keith Hill, Renmark, SA
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