Monte Bonwick is 73 years of age and has been married for over 50 years to Rosemary. Monte and Rosemary have lived in Glen Iris for 15 years and East Hawthorn for 35 years prior to that.
Together the Bonwicks have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
After a career spanning 33 years as Trustee of Estates and Settlements, and Managing Investments under Power of Attorney, Monte retired in 1993. He now plays social and competitive tennis, and sings with various Melbourne Choirs. He enjoys classical music, the Beatles, Elvis and Abba, and the visual arts.
Monte says he is a passionate believer in the right of an individual to choose how and when they die. ‘The choice of when and how you die should in our view be the right of each individual to decide.’
My 100 year old aunt died recently, and we are well aware of the difficulties frail people with active minds encounter in nursing homes largely occupied with people suffering from dementia and alzheimers.
As to social matters I respect human dignity and am appalled by our treatment of asylum seekers, and am not convinced by our war in the Middle East. Climate Change I also consider a serious issue, as is the need to encourage new technologies, and increase spending on science and education.
Monte says people of our generation have witnessed the tragedy and folly of the Vietnam war and believes his generation are also opposed to the Labor and Coalition latest embrace of war in the middle East.
Monte is appalled by the latest curtailment of civil liberties and the draconian plans to jail journalists for 10 years if they disclose alleged Asio Operations with scant judicial oversight. Monte is particularly keen to see stronger laws to protect consumers from biased financial advice and favours the abolition of commissions, kickbacks and volume incentives. These he states should be replaced by a fee-per-hour charge for qualified advice. Strong penalties should be enforced for inappropriate and incompetent advice.
Governments and regulators have failed comprehensively to protect the consumer. Whistleblower protection is needed to cover commercial, public service and political employees with financial inducements in proportion to the funds saved in order to yield effective results.