Monash Your Say: Letters to the Editor

Thank you

Chivalry is alive and well in Mt Waverley. On Monday, October 29, my elderly husband fell in Park Lane. One couple driving past saw him fall, turned their car around and came back to offer assistance and rang an ambulance. Another young man driving by also offered assistance, as did the neighbours. Thank you and God bless.

- Grateful wife

Re: Train crash: 'the horror of it all'

The trauma this woman must have gone through is horrific, let alone the ongoing effects of surviving this traumatic experience without any proper supports. Look out for yourself Lucia, and seek assistance. May you stay safe and well.

- Nikkila

Road funding

Claims of a roads maintenance funding boost by the Baillieu government are a smokescreen for the fact that it has drastically cut its road resurfacing budgets.

Despite the claimed $45 million boost in funding, the fact is Roads Minister Terry Mulder and the Baillieu government have cut the roads resurfacing budget by 50 per cent in metropolitan Melbourne and 60 per cent in regional Victoria.

Mr Mulder may like to make funding announcements, but the devil is always in the detail, and the Baillieu government is failing to provide such detail for communities across Victoria. Until this happens, Victorian communities will be left wondering if their ruined roads will ever be fixed.

- Luke Donnellan Shadow Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC

Devil's dust

The ABC's mini-series Devil's Dust highlighted the horrific toll wrought on the Australian public by the companies behind asbestos.

The fact we're now seeing people as young as 30 diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases shows this is not an issue of the past, with many believing asbestos will have its biggest impact on the nation's health in coming years.

It's not just asbestos workers who were and will be affected. So too were their wives, who often washed the deadly dust out of their husband's clothes or the children who hugged them when they returned home from work each day.

Potentially thousands of Australians will become ill after being exposed to asbestos dust during home renovations and, with an estimated one in three Australian homes still containing asbestos, more work needs to be done to raise awareness of the dangers. Anyone contemplating renovating should seek professional advice about the presence of asbestos, particularly for houses built in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. See health.vic.gov.au.

- Margaret Kent, Asbestos law, Slater & Gordon

Re: Sleeper thefts stoke asbestos fears

There is no safe asbestos: asbestos kills. One asbestos fibre inhaled can stay dormant in your body for up to 40 years, then present itself as mesothelioma, the deadly and aggressive asbestos cancer. I know, because I have mesothelioma due to inhaling deadly fibres in the early 1970s.

- Louise Williams

The reason it is happening is a lack of awareness. Education is the key to help people recognise the danger, but unfortunately there are still a lot of people who don't realise the risk. The sleepers should be removed to stop temptation.

- Suzanne Wickham

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