Mildura Weekly : Friday December 9 Vol 11 No 6
10 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016 Safety the key for young, first car buyers Sir, As young car buyers scour the State for their first set of wheels, it is timely to remind them to put safety at the top of their shop- ping lists. Many first car buyers and their parents would be surprised to find dozens of used car models with potentially life-saving features, like side curtain airbags and electronic stabil- ity control, are available for less than $3000. Gone are the days when the only cars first- time buyers could afford were old clunkers with little in the way of safety features. Victorians are 30 times more likely to crash in their first six months of solo driving, so it makes sense that young drivers do their research before buying a car. The Transport Accident Commission’s ‘How Safe is Your First Car’ website is a great place to start, allowing users to find four and five-star ANCAP safety rated vehicles within their price range. While colours, sound systems and fuel economy may seem important to some, these features should all take a back seat to ensur- ing we get home safe. Getting everyone in safer cars will help us in our Towards Zero vision for a future where no person dies or is seriously hurt on our roads. More information on safe, affordable cars is available online at www.howsafeisyourfirst- car.com.au. Samantha Buckis Transport Accident Commission road safety manager More laws are not the answer Sir, Because of recent deaths and injuries, the media is hollering for tougher domestic vio- lence laws. Does anyone believe more laws will help? Like gun, knife and motor vehicle deaths, there’s calls for tougher laws. Nothing of that sort seems to work. An alternative needs to be found. Domestic violence laws are designed by women, and in reality only protect women as men are discriminated against. What should we expect when partners have their child visitation rights taken away, and many men are forced to live on a shoe- string budget? Naturally, rightly or wrongly, there will be retaliation. Are ‘they’ too dumb to work it out? Jay Nauss Glen Aplin Water must stay in Northern Victoria Sir, The Water Minister for South Australia is deliberately misinterpreting the water recovery requirements in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP). The MDBP has already been agreed to by the Commonwealth, South Australia, New South Wales, ACT, Queensland and Victorian governments, and now the SA Minister is try- ing to shift the goal posts and play to a home State crowd. The SA Minister quotes 3200 gigalitres as the amount of water to be recovered from the plan. This is not correct. The plan is for 2750 gigalitres with a pos- sibility of a further 450 gigalitres (referred to as up-water) if there is a neutral or positive socio- economic benefit to the communities where the water would be taken from. The RM Consulting Group ‘Basin Plan – GMID socio-economic impact assessment’ re- port of October 2016 states the water that has already left the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District has come at a cost of $550million per annum in lost production, and has cost an es- timated 1000 jobs lost. The taking of any further water from Northern Victoria would result in lost produc- tion, lost jobs and the likelihood of farms and small businesses closing. Luke O’Sullivan The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Climate change needs celebrity? Sir, Recently someone asked me,“What do you think about climate change?” I started saying how I’m not convinced ei- ther way because...but he had stopped listen- ing already. “It must be true,” he said. “A celebrity actor is saying so on television.” I didn’t try reasoning with him. If one’s point of view relies on boosting by celebri- ties on television, one’s openness to reason is probably non-existent. Anyway, isn’t climate change primarily a sideshow to distract us from more alarming and humanly-destruc- tive changes? Isn’t there a global campaign to ‘change’ what a human being is, what a family is, what freedom of speech is.... Try, for example, proclaiming that mar- riage is a life-long union of one man and one woman. You’ll soon discover how the under- standings and freedoms that sustained society 20 years ago – and also 20 centuries ago – are changed and gone. Arnold Jago Nichols Point LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WHILE the country’s female athletes con- tinue to gain the publicity and support they rightly deserve, it’s fantastic to see an em- phasis also being placed on female sporting leadership positions off the field. All major sporting organisations in Aus- tralia now feature women in powerful posi- tions. Take Richmond Football Club presi- dent, Peggy O’Neal, or Rio Olympic team chef de mission, Kitty Chiller, as examples. It’s a growing trend that not only chal- lenges gender stereotyping, but also pro- motes diversity and the empowerment of women in what can be male-dominant en- vironments. Locally, it’s pleasing to see women hold strong leadership positions across the many codes that are played in our sports-mad re- gion. It would be safe to say that all football/ netball clubs across the region would have women in committee and executive posi- tions, with that trend continuing in other sports including soccer, tennis, cricket, bas- ketball and baseball. Early this year, Ros Milverton became the first woman president of the Sunraysia Football Netball League, a move that was welcomed by many associated with the re- gion’s premier competition. Mallee Sports Assembly executive officer, Carmel Mackay, is also leading the charge, along with Sunraysia Academy of Sport ex- ecutive officer, Louise Tarrant. Last week the State Government allocat- ed $1million to implement recommenda- tions that were made in the recent Women and Girls in Sport and Recreation Inquiry. Chaired by Peggy O’Neal, the inquiry made a number of recommendations to help empower and inspire women to under- take leadership positions from grassroots to elite level. While Premier Daniel Andrews deserves a pat on the back for ensuring women are given a sporting chance, it’s refreshing to see a country region like Sunraysia ahead of the game when it comes to female equality. – ADAM LUITJES Sunraysia ahead of the game when it comes to female equality in sports EDITORIAL TODAY! DECEMBER 9TH Eternity Skin and Laser Centre will be open all day for everyone to come down and have a look through. Gamble from The Real Housewives of Melbourne will be there from 3pm until 3:45pm to meet with everyone and take photos. 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