Docklands’ sorry state is not yet a lost cause

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AUKUS generosity
Opponents of the proposed subsidy of selected Australian manufacturing also have a problem handing over $5 billion to the British government to subsidize AUKUS research and development in the UK?
Malcolm McDonald, Burwood

Warranty included please
We have reached a situation where we have almost no choice but to buy exclusively imported products, from toasters to solar panels. We know that what we are getting, along with the ridiculously low price, is often poor quality and planned obsolescence.
Anyone who cares about waste balks at knowing that the concept is to use them for their short life and then throw them in the landfill to buy a new one. Rinse and repeat. If someone is still doing the relevant repairs, the parts will be replaced or the labor will cost more than the replacement purchase.
If a “made in Australia future” came with greater quality control and “right to repair” considerations as part of the deal, I predict there would be huge long-term gains for consumers and the planet.
Liz Levy, Suffolk Park, NSW

Shortage of small towns
I agree with your correspondent (Letters, ″​​Going to the country″​​, 13/4), but has he been to many small country towns lately? In addition to the lack of accommodation, many of them lack banks, medical facilities, libraries, petrol stations, reliable mobiles and internet coverage. In addition, jobs are scarce and opportunities for higher education virtually non-existent. Young people have to leave small towns to find work or get training. What is needed is huge amounts of funding and construction works to bring these dying villages back to life.
Margaret Collings, Anglesea

Escape from the castles
Re Letters (12/4). Two letters next to each other opened his eyes. On the left, “There's no room for more,” he rightly said that we need to ration the intake of migrants, since we're already “using more resources in this country (and the world) than it can reasonably provide sustainable”. Right, “Squeezed into Balwyn” commented on the change, not unique to his area, from the proliferation of faux French castles, which use vast amounts of building materials for a fortress that almost covers an entire block of flats , leaving no space for trees. in the process
These fake castles use materials that would have built two post-World War II and mid-century houses. Statistically, two of these smaller houses would have housed more than twice the “mother, father and two children” of a modern monster.
At a time when there is a shortage of housing, building materials and tradesmen, this is not the time to be more “for our investment” and for the environment, reintroducing the building restrictions of the post-WWII period World? We boomers made happy memories of growing up in those “average” homes. More but smaller houses could solve many of our current problems.
Margaret Callinan, Arch

Recycle solar panels
More efficient solar panels are overcoming our desire and imperative to recover and recycle the valuable components in them. The replacement of photovoltaics ahead of schedule has led to a difficult situation where the lack of recycling facilities is noticeable (“tons and tons of old solar panels with nowhere to go” 14/4).
Instead of each state acting independently, now is the time to work together. Perhaps a future ″​​Made in Australia″​​ could coordinate Australia's ability to recycle our ″​​used″​​ panels. The US and other countries are doing it, why can't we?
Isabelle Henry, Ascot Vale

Influencer waste
I wonder if the content creators (“Leading the way in social media's geriatric gerontocracy,” 4/14) had time to read “Generative AI moves from the cloud to the physical world” (4/13).
Power-hungry data centers are the dark side of the thousands of videos, for each of the thousands of influencers, that we use to give us the “courage to wear color.” It's a concern.
Lesley Walker, Northcote

Needs asbestos probe
The argument that asbestos in mulch is unlikely to be dangerous to children makes no sense, since asbestos shouldn't exist in the first place. And how sure are we of these claims that it is safe?
Outdoor play is vital to children's development and health. It strengthens their bones and muscles, boosts their immune system and is important for developing motor skills and social skills. These are just a few of the many benefits.
Parents need confidence that the playgrounds they take their children to are not contaminated with asbestos. Children need adults to protect and defend them. I support the establishment of a task force to investigate asbestos in mulch and a state audit of asbestos on public lands.
Yvonne Bowyer, Surrey Hills

Kindness and cost
Re ″​​Airbnb asked John to host a guest with issues. It ended up costing him thousands″​​, 14/4). It is unsettling to equate these global companies that raise income with the help of someone with a place to stay for no financial benefit.
Allowing a stranger to stay in your home is an act of trust that always carries a risk. Australia is a reasonably safe country, but throughout history people have always provided shelter to vulnerable people, in a room, a barn, a porch, a shed, when life and conditions were infinitely more dangerous.
If you are offering hosting as a business, you need to manage risk professionally. If you do it as an act of kindness, you accept the risk that comes with kindness and caring.
Global foster care businesses are a proven economic and social blight. Despite good holiday experiences, cynicism and mistrust are sown.
Anna Ridgway, Abbotsford

Hooliganism is 15 minutes
The unruly youths who, under the spell of Warhol's curse, terrorize our suburbs and lash out via social media videos with arrogant displays of malicious, self-indulgent hooliganism must be dealt with harshly.
No longer should a stern warning from an overly tolerant magistrate be accepted, listening to stories of the difficult circumstances of the violent young offender's past. This anti-social behavior breaks the fabric of a safe and peaceful society and must be dealt with the severity it deserves.
Peter Finn, Tallarook

Beat MONA sweet
MONA's women-only room is obviously a cultural exhibition. It is pointed out that throughout history men have dominated the room, and in many ways and places they still do. It seems a little childish for men to object; they should learn to face it sweetly.
Michael Read, Carnegie

Low opposition
I am a member of the ALP and I want to see the continuation of the Albanian government.
Paradoxically, I want a strong opposition, as I believe it leads to a stronger and even more effective government.
However, Australia has a weak opposition led by a fearsome leader whose extravagant and dangerous language undermines community harmony.
The opposition leader's recent statement that it is based on the horrors of the Port Arthur massacre is a new low. Australia deserves better than Peter Dutton.
Andrew Hewett, Brunswick

Costs without alcohol
“Why Beer Is So Expensive” (4/14) lists the cost breakdown of making a typical alcoholic IPA. The excise tax on this alcohol is 45.7 percent. This begs the question, why are non-alcoholic beers like Great Northern Blue ($13 a six-pack) priced similarly to Great Northern's alcoholic varieties (about $15)? Who is filling the cost gap? Who benefits from this discrepancy?
Andrew Smith, Leongatha

AND ANOTHER THING

heroic action
Is it too soon to call Australian of the Year for the police inspector who stopped the man in Bondi and thus prevented another tragedy? Yes, he was doing his job, but if that doesn't deserve our highest honor, I don't know what does.
Samantha Keir, East Brighton

Besides
What if the world said to Israel and the Arab nations, “We've had enough, no more weapons, solve this and come back to us with a solution”?
Michael Brinkman, Ventnor

Stop the world; I want to get off (even if it's just for a few days).
Myra Fisher, Brighton East

″​​Treasurer warned of turmoil ahead of Budget″​​, (the age 14/4). Jim Chalmers, don't forget to budget your ″​​pre-election sweeteners″​​.
David Cayzer, Clifton Hill

Yes, Liz Truss's short-stay accommodation is awful, maybe more politicians should experience the humiliation (″​​No.10 was a ″​​flea-infested prison″​​, says former British Prime Minister″​​ , 14/4).
James Lane, Hampton East

As Dulux 10L Wash and Wear Low Sheen Natural White Paint continues to stick in your columnist's mind (″​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ . Thanks for the hearty laugh.
Jane Ross, San Remo

Dear Ed, An idea for a new column – it won't take up much space – “Peter Dutton's Daily Positive Comments”.
Lindsay Donahoo, Wattle Glen

I was bothered by your chef's references to “frosting” in his apple pie recipe (Good Weekend, 4/13).
What happened to that great Australian term “frost”?
Alistair Davies, Thornbury

Finally
Some sportswriters say the Doggies may be contenders rather than finals contenders.
I prefer to think of them as intenders.
Robin Jensen, Castlemaine

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