Health system for all – The Age

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A PM out of touch
Scott Morrison has just put another nail in his coffin. He is out of touch with the population of Australia. Rapid antigen tests should be free, they save the government a fortune opposed to PCR tests and it’s not just the people with the money to be able to afford them who want to be responsible.

Rita Reid, Port Melbourne

US on the slide
Farrah Tomazin’s insightful article, ″⁣The Capitol attack was Trump’s dress rehearsal″⁣ (The Age, 1/1) provides clear evidence that the once great United States is now well on the road to becoming an undemocratic nation whose influence and importance is already waning.
Should Donald Trump make a stunning comeback in 2024, tens of millions of moderate Americans will reject the outcome and an already bitterly divided country will descend into chaos.
The US was the world leader throughout much of the 20th century. By the end of this century it will be just another ″⁣run of the mill″⁣ second-rate banana republic.

James Young, Mt Eliza

It adds up
To all correspondents bemoaning the extent of advertising supplements in The Age, just be thankful they enable the print edition to remain commercially viable. No ads, no paper. Just recycle or, as I do, rip out the UAP ads and compost as they deserve.

Caroline Leslie, Hawthorn

Lessons to be learnt
From the start of this pandemic health experts and politicians have adjusted their thinking as new information, new technologies and new variants and case numbers have evolved. Every time they do there is criticism; too late, too early, too little, too much, too confusing, who is to blame.
Certainly there has been mistakes but also much that has gone right.
It has never been solely the government’s responsibility to deal with COVID, it is also each individual and business and agency that have made up our collective response. Eventually this will be over and we have an opportunity to come out of it a wiser, healthier and better prepared for the inevitable crisis that come in the future. There is much to be learned from this global and national experience and I hope that both political parties promise to establish a joint state-federal apolitical commission of inquiry to record our COVID experience. Not as a means of assigning blame but to move forwards, fixing the weaknesses that have been revealed and preparing for the next major event.

Graeme Henchel, Yarra Glen

Acts of cruelty
Tris Raouf (Letters, 1/1) asks us not to forget our feathered friends in this scorching weather. And let’s not forget the sheep and cattle with no shade to protect them from the heat. Failing to provide shelter for farmed animals should be deemed an act of cruelty and punished accordingly. We can help reduce their suffering by switching to a plant-based diet.

Jennifer Moxham, Monbulk

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