LETTERS 3.6.17

Flying the rainbow flag
CONTRARY to the letter by Mr Frederick David (“Keep Politics out of Council”, Voice, May 27, 2017), I fully applaud Bayswater and Fremantle councils for joining with the city of Vincent and Port Hedland, and publicly affirming their rate-paying LGBTI residents by flying a rainbow flag and supporting marriage equality.
The fact that our elected federal parliamentarians are playing politics with the legal status available to same sex couples does not mean that grassroots governance, i.e. local councils should not lead the way.
Declaring support for marriage equality by our local elected councillors does not take anything away from anyone else.
Nobody is adversely affected, in fact all that happens is 10 per cent of our neighbours and family members feel affirmed.
The majority of Australians support and want LGBTI fellow citizens to be treated equally under the law (consistently over 70 per cent in Galaxy and RoyMorgan polls).
It is a very simple concept: equality means being treated the same as everyone else in terms of status, rights and opportunities.
Local councils showing support for the LGBTI members living and paying taxes and contributing to our communities is most certainly welcome.
Marriage in Australia is a legal and therefore federal matter, but marriages are conducted in council parks and beaches throughout this city, so in terms of inclusivity (and especially economically) it makes perfect sense for every council to publicly demand the full legal rights for their LGBTI residents.
Michele Davis

History lesson
STEVEN Cruden suggests in his Voice letter (“Australia Day”, May 20, 2017), that we should remember history and move on to make Australia a better place.
On this point I agree: it is because we should remember history that we need to acknowledge that this country was taken violently by Europeans, with untold death and destruction to the people already living here.
I imagine it must be very hurtful to Aboriginal people when they hear comments such as his, that “It is well overdue that indigenous people realise that they have been living under Australian privilege for the past 100 years”.
He accuses those who want to consider changing the date of Australia Day of “rewriting” history, yet he is rewriting or ignoring history if he wishes to portray the lives of indigenous people as having been under privilege. We need to remember that indigenous people’s land was stolen and many indigenous people were killed, including massacres, some of which happened well into the 20th century.
Aboriginal people, in the last 100 years, had to endure extremely harsh and controlling measures, under the name of protection, including having their children suddenly and forcibly removed to be raised in institutions or by families where they were very often physically and sexually abused, exploited and forbidden to see their families or learn about their culture.
Aboriginal people were told where to live and who they could marry, had curfews imposed and their wages stolen (when they were paid).
There are huge legacies of the policies white Australia imposed on indigenous people that we as a nation need to learn about and heal from.
I think we need to be a lot better informed of our history so we can mature as a nation and reach for justice and understanding.
Fiona Moran
Waugh St, North Perth

“We built this city…”
I NOTE that the developer of a proposed 15-storey apartment block in Leederville (“Fifteen Storey Leedy”, Voice, May 20 2017), supports the application by noting that the nearest building is the HQ youth centre.
If this apartment block goes ahead in any form it is vital that the residents are not allowed to shut down the musical and social activities that occur at HQ.
There is already a severe lack of music venues in Perth.
The ever-increasing spread of apartment blocks has done nothing to help this or to foster any kind of cultural diversity.
Tony Reed
Shakespeare St,
Mount Hawthorn

Early Xmas present
ON December 22, I received a $65 breach notice fine for partly parking on a  grass strip besides the Mirrabooka square parking area.
The area of grass had no sign depicting, “NO PARKING”. I understand parking fines for drivers parking there all day and taking the bus to work—a park breach stated on a sign—but couldn’t understand my fine with no warning sign!
I rang the company issuing the breach on December 22 and complained, but did not hear from them again until four months later.
I am pensioner and have always complied with the rules of the shopping centre in my 50 years of driving.
Maureen Hunter
Freedman Rd, Menora

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