This is a classic example on how to destroy trust

Premier’s own goal
Jill Gallagher (Comment 9/21) articulates clearly why Dan Andrews’ proposal to change Maroondah Hospital to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital is offensive, insensitive and disrespectful to Indigenous people, (although it actually diminishes us all).
It is particularly ironic coming “against the flow” of renewed hope in reconciliation raised by Anthony Albanese’s desire to fully implement the Uluru Statement from The Heart, Andrews’ own support for a treaty, and increasing acknowledgment of country and Aboriginal names for places. There are other less sensitive options to rename.
It makes no sense to add unnecessary distress to our Indigenous community whose intergenerational trauma and grief already deserve our efforts to help heal, not to exacerbate.
We can all err; but to double down on an error, arrogantly refuse to reconsider in view of consequences, and causing unnecessary division to resemble more the style of a Scott Morrison or Donald Trump, and represent an incomprehensible own goal.
Respect costs nothing.
Joe Di Stefano, Geelong

Ditch the change
If Daniel Andrew’s wants to show true leadership before the November elections, he should ditch renaming Maroondah Hospital. As Jill Gallagher implies, this insensitive idea is at odds with Andrews’ commendable treaty proposal and we can hardly afford to further diminish visible symbols of an Aboriginal culture that has existed about 60 times longer than the British monarchy.
Peter Cole, Clifton Hill

mere opportunism
Calling the Victorian government’s renaming of Maroondah Hospital ″⁣in honor of the Queen″⁣ a decision probably overstates any thought processes that might have gone into it. It looks more like spur-of-the-moment opportunism.
Lawrie Bradly, Surrey Hills

It’s about treatment
Such shrill outrage at the proposed renaming of Maroondah Hospital. They can rename it ScoMo’s House of Healing for all I care providing I get treated when I am ill. Surely, that’s all that really matters. Providing, of course, ScoMo has not appointed himself to the roles of doctor, nurse and porter.
Bernie Tallis, Brighton

The ABC of extravagance
As a long-term ABC Friend, I was surprised and disappointed at the decision to send so many radio and TV presenters to England to cover the royal funeral. When times are tough, it’s sad to witness ″⁣Your ABC″⁣ displaying such unnecessary extravagance.
Bill Clark, Melbourne

parallel runs
The reign of Queen Elizabeth II is being compared to the dominance of Test cricket champion Donald Bradman. Statistically, it could be said to be identical: the Queen needed four more years to reach her century and Bradman needed four more runs in his last innings to notch up his century average.
Kevin Burke, Sandringham

Putin’s problems
The editorial, ″⁣Ukraine still needs help to repel Putin″⁣, 9/21, rightly remarks that Vladimir Putin’s ostensibly powerful Russian army has been exposed in Ukraine as resembling ″A Cold War relic″⁣. We have been here before. Western-based Kremlinologists had not predicted the rapid collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
That entity’s political, economic and ethnic disintegration, in the especially stagnant era of Leonid Brezhnev’s leadership in the late 1970s and early 1980s, was only really exposed with the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev. It was he who came to eventually realize that Russia and the Federated States represented a ″⁣Potemkin village″⁣, in effect, a stage-set concealing a power rotten to the core.
Ukraine may yet be the least of Putin’s problems.
Jon McMillan, Mount Eliza

A brighter future
Ukraine may need the world’s help in ridding itself of Putin’s invaders, but the impossible now actually looks possible.
Retired general Mick Ryan has done us all a service in explaining just how determined and well-prepared this David is in facing the Russian Goliath (″⁣I met President Zelensky, an even larger presence than social media suggests″⁣, Comment, 20/ 9).
Looking at the scale of the destruction, the world’s contribution of military aid will seem tiny compared to what will be required to rebuild.
The world’s democracies would do well to learn from the Ukrainian example. As Ryan suggests, competence and confidence can overcome most hurdles.
Jenifer Nicholls, Armadale

Actions not words
It’s good to see federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen will be attending various climate change meetings overseas (“Bowen spruiks climate plan to world”, 9/21). He will attend the American-Australian Indo-Pacific Strategic Dialogue in Washington, DC.
Let’s hope that he and other attendees remember to allow displaced Pacific Islanders (from Kiribati, for example) to come to Australia to live when their islands are affected by rising waters and salination due to climate change.
Boasting about our new climate policy to the world is the easy bit.
Jan Marshall, Brighton

stop groveling
I am heartily sick of all the grovelling talk about the Queen and the monarchy. Let it be over by next week.
She was a pretty good old stick, though I’ve met people whose station in life required much greater courage and hard work. She she did all right. Can we leave it at that now?
Patrice McCarthy, West Bendigo

The profit motive
The supposition behind inflation reduction by increasing interest rates is that decreased demand will result in business cutting prices and their profits to keep sales up. I’m happy to be shot down by economists, but couldn’t it also result in businesses putting up their profit margins (and hence prices) to compensate for
reduced sales?
Particularly applicable to businesses with a near monopoly – and as consumers we have also been very aware of petrol companies putting up their prices simultaneously in a way that the ACCC has been unable to pin
down to collusion.
Jan Newmarch, Oakleigh

Wading into argument
I attended a country high school west of Geelong in the 1960s. Our English teacher in year 9 (form 3 then) planned an activity where each class member had to choose a famous person. You then had to get in an imaginary boat lost at sea with two other famous people. Given that the boat only had enough food and water for one person, you had to argue to the class why you should remain while the other two were thrown overboard.
I found myself in the boat with Elvis Presley and the Queen. I was Doug Wade, the great Geelong full-forward at the time.
The class voted the Queen and Elvis out of the boat. I’d like to think that my eloquent argument that Wade was more important than the other two swayed the students’ thinking. Perhaps it also helped that the class was full of Cats supporters.
Phil Alexander, Eltham

Songs in the key of life
Thank you Tony Wright for reviving childhood memories of my extended family singing around the piano (″Past is present, and perhaps the future″⁣, 9/17). I also had an aunt with a beautiful voice and Danny Boy was ever present. Precious memories indeed.
Diana Ferguson, Burwood

Some things must change
If Australia had become a republic on September 10, we would just be recovering from our celebratory hangovers and realize nothing has changed – the headline: ″⁣Aboriginal man dies in custody, the second in Victoria in just over a month″ (The Age , 9/14). This is not my republic of Australia. Hang our heads in shame.
Ronald Elliott, Sandringham

Too little to fight gambling

The latest announcement from the Victorian government on gambling restrictions at Crown casino will do little to reduce the level of gambling across the state. Why has no attention been given to hotels and other sporting clubs to restrict and reduce their number of poker machines?
Only about 10 percent of losses occur at Crown while the number of machines at hotels and clubs impact and create levels of poverty, violence, family breakdown and stress that creates increased costs for our health and legal systems.
Governments and communities have known for years the devastating impact and costs of poker machines but continue to turn a blind eye.
Likewise, it is time to call sporting fixtures and television to account also for their brazen promotion of gambling at every sporting event.
Ray Cleary, Camberwell

fading portraits
With all the reverence, respect and sadness displayed following the Queen’s death, will all her portraits, found in halls and offices across the land be treated with the same “respect” or simply end up at the local tip?
Graeme Lindsay, Deloraine, Tas


a Rainha
Monarchists now can’t complain that the ABC is too far to the left.
Malcolm McDonald, Burwood

Instead of replacing Queen Elizabeth II’s picture on the $5 note with that of King Charles III, it would be more appropriate to insert the picture of Uncle Jack Charles.
David Ginsbourg, East Bentleigh

Not my queen. She never was, never will be.
Michael CarverHawthornEast

Vale QEII but I’ve decided I’m not a mourning person.
Carl Harman, Strathalbyn, SA

the republic
The climate is right to ditch the medieval concept of royalty.
Bill Trestrail, St Kilda

In relation to the Resolve poll, so emotion trumps considered commitment. What else is new?
Bernd Rieve, Brighton

Let talk about becoming a republic be put on hold for the time being and just remove the Union Jack from our flag.
Robert Page, Barwon Heads

Come on premier, just say it: ″⁣Sorry. Made a mistake. Maroondah it stays. Let’s move on.”
Greg Malcher, Hepburn Springs

Let’s hope Jill Gallagher’s piece (Comment, 9/21) resonates enough with Daniel Andrews for him to admit his mistake and reverse his decision.
David Brophy, Beaumaris

Would the premier’s colleagues please tell him bluntly – no name change needed.
Hugh McCaig, Blackburn

Surely, there is a new hospital that could be named Queen Elizabeth II, rather than offending and alienating so many by renaming Maroondah Hospital.
Jackie Fristacky, North Carlton

Petrol stations around my area have jumped 50¢ a liter in the space of hours. Any chance of turning the watchdog into an attack dog?
Felix PattonMount Martha

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