Let's Stand Up and be Counted.
The horrifying and cruel events in Christchurch have sent all of us a clear message. Do not tolerate racism, religious hate speech or violence. If you hear it, speak out against it. If you are on a bus, train, tram or out in public do not witness this behaviour and let it go unremarked. Do not vote for politicians who embrace it.This is how such attitudes become normalised. It is our duty to stop it.
Carmel Boyle, Wendouree.
On behalf of Ballarat Interfaith Network and the diverse faiths represented by many of its associated members and friends, I wish to express my deep sympathy to all members of the Muslim faith within our region who are grieving over the shocking, horrifying violence targeting fellow believers in Christchurch this past weekend.
This senseless act of hatred and prejudice is an assault on everyone of any religion, or of nor religion at all. Also on everyone who believes in living peaceably with their neighbours, values freedom of choice and who wants to raise their children in safety.
This tragedy is an assault on the religious and social freedoms of us all, both in New Zealand and in Australia.
We need to actively support and defend the rights of all human beings whether or not we agree with their beliefs.
I share the shock and grief of my Islamic friends, my neighbours in this shared journey of life.
Margaret Lenan Ellis, Chair, Ballarat Interfaith Network.
Protesting for their future
Young People Get It, Why Don't We?
Once again, I am disappointed with the response of our federal leadership. Both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the leader of the opposition Bill Shorten have been critical of students participating in the recent national climate change protest.
As Australians we live in a democracy, we have a right to a say, we have a right to protest and to be a voice for change.
I believe we have let down young people with our apathy toward climate change, and dare I say there are other issues that young people are concerned about.
From the mouths of young people, we can learn.
Ron Egeberg, Soldiers Hill
I support the secondary school students who have taken to the streets on a school day to demand action against climate change.
Apparently some missed out on anti - bullying programs. Perhaps next time this occurs, our bullying politicians could fill the empty seats at school.
Diane Collacott, Ballarat.