Victoria's sacrifice appears to have been for nothing
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Age readers the end of lockdown in Victoria, plans for a purpose-built quarantine centre, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's response to accusations of a sexual assault in a minister's office, renewable energy and franking credits.
This is very important information if we are contemplating a total shutdown of the quarantine program in Victoria. Establishing national guidelines for quarantine by our federal government would materially help to inform such decisions. Mike Sanderson, Drouin Modified hotels better option than airport Sorry Daniel Andrews, but I disagree with your thoughts on a safe environmental structure at Avalon for those needing quarantine ("Avalon firms as airport plan takes off", The Age, 17/2). Let's make an investment in a structure that will pay for itself. Buy and modify, or build a hotel that fits all the requirements for safe quarantining, which will obviously include the correct airconditioning, balconies, etc. Its location is important so that it can be operated as a hotel when not required and will give a return on the investment. It must be run by a professional management team or leased out to a hotel chain with the quarantine proviso. Your aim should be to bring a hotel complex into the system every six months until you can be sure you have sufficient safe accommodation for this and any future pandemic. Bruce Cormack, Kilsyth Can Canberra outdo the states? How about a quarantine hospital in Canberra for returning Australians? And isn't quarantine a federal responsibility? Diane Maddison, Parkdale Lessons from adversity What have we learnt from this pandemic? We know we can work from home and in some cases move to and work from regional areas. We don't have to sit for ages on the suburban transport system, we can walk to work. Three kilometres isn't so far and it helps with our fitness levels. There must be many more ways of benefiting from this horror. So, think and enjoy the new ways. Bruce Dudon, Woodend Invest now to protect against future diseases Having run them for decades to combat the likes of tuberculosis, we have gradually seen infectious diseases hospitals closed "because there were no more infectious diseases". This has degraded an…