Letters to the Editor

April 12, 2017

Fallacious claim

THOUGH chuffed to see women’s footy helping to further keep soccer at bay, I take serious issue with AFLW star Erin Phillips’ fallacious “letting us marry is a ‘basic human right’,” and her finding some Australian politicians exercising their democratic rights, in opposing same-sex marriage “disappointing” (Herald Sun, April 4).

And as my democratic right, I find it very ‘disappointing’ that any Australian politician would support same-sex marriage.

With all due respect to Ms Phillips’ and her American female partner’s affection for each other, many, many millions of atheist, agnostic and religious Australians (and Americans) do not consider homosexuals have any ‘right(s)’ to traditional marriage.

Ms Phillips, the greatest (let alone, truest) ‘human rights’ victory in history: the ending of slavery (of people of all genders/sexes of all colours, castes, religions, etc.) was won by two conservative Christian politicians – Britain’s William Wilberforce and America’s Abraham Lincoln.

Also Ms Phillips, in biological science any fallacious claim of ‘equality’ (as claimed by so many, so very abusive same-sex marriage activists of the democratic rights of others) is termed a ‘false acacia’.

Howard Hutchins, Chirnside Park

Choose wisely

POLICE officers across Australia will be out in force over the Easter long weekend but road safety is not just their responsibility.

We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to accept responsibility for our own actions, every time we get behind the wheel.

Last year during the Easter long weekend, eight people never made it home; the year before 22 people.

This year let us aim for this to be zero.

As you plan the Easter road trip try to factor in mini breaks and actions you will take to have a safe and enjoyable long weekend drive.

Road trauma is increasing in Australia.

After decades of improvements, a spike in recent years demands action from us all.

By working together at a community level, with our police and at government level across federal, state and local jurisdictions, we can do better.

The 2016 road toll 1300.

I don’t accept that in 2017 another 1300 Australians have to be added in addition to the tens of thousands injured during the year.

Of course, governments need to provide safer roads, police need to enforce laws, but it is also about the decisions people make on the road – whether it be speeding, answering the phone, not taking a break, or taking a risk when overtaking.

Drivers need to choose wisely, for themselves, their loved ones and for others.

Darren Chester, Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister

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