Letters to
the editor

Getting to the heart

Rick Morton’s reporting, time and time again, goes right to the heart of very troubling issues by telling the human stories that brilliantly take the reader on the journey with him
(“I could see a baby ... its parents buried almost neck deep in mud”, March 12-18). Over the past number of difficult years, he has reported on some of the most tragic events and given us insights into the lives of those folk directly impacted. It is through these personal stories that he has helped us to understand the suffering of those folk more fully and just as importantly the great resilience and humanity of so many. His coverage of the New South Wales north coast floods was so moving. Capped off by these words: “… they are held together by the glue of community heroism, care and a thousand little moments of hope and levity”. Thank you, Rick.
– Robin Sevenoaks, Bruce, ACT

A telling image

Your coverage of the NSW floods was compelling and the front-page photo by Natalie Grono was outstanding. How to begin to describe the emotions? Congratulations.

– Tom Moore, Shortland, NSW

Climate and its health effects

I am shocked by the sheer extent of the impact of climate change on the health and wellbeing of Australians (Annabelle Warren, “The health case”, March 12-18). In particular, the entirely rational response of anxiety due to traumatic experiences of extreme weather events, uncertainty and fear for the future is crippling for individuals and communities. Climate impacts are rife, yet still our federal government avoids its moral responsibility to properly acknowledge the scale of the crisis and respond accordingly, further fuelling our collective woes (John Hewson, “Morrison’s Katrina”, March 12-18). We are already “suffering the consequences” of inept leadership. This election year, we must take the opportunity to turn the tide before it is
too late.

– Amy Hiller, Kew, Vic

Replace the PM with whom?

Paul Bongiorno’s article, “The plot against Scott” (March 12-18), is suggesting Liberal MPs want a change in leader. The big question is to who. The big heartless bully boy squandering our money or borrowed money at the Defence toy shops and on people in detention? A treasurer with only an ideology but no economic strategy other than tax breaks for Liberal mates? Nobody else appears to have the intellect, ideas or presentation to redirect the Liberals. The party needs a complete cleanout and an ideology change because as a government it’s not working, or even close to working, for the long-term benefit of the nation.

– Trevor Pratt, Eaglemont, Vic

In his own words

Mike Seccombe in “Bull and a China strop” (March 12-18) quotes Scott Morrison warning us of the new world order: “We face the spectre of a transactional world, devoid of principle, accountability and transparency”. That sounds to me more like the legacy of the Morrison government.

– Richard Whitfield, Annandale, NSW

Mehdi Ali’s story

Your penetrating editorial, “Capricious freedom”, March 12-18, about the men being held at the Park Hotel, prompted me to write to the minister for Immigration. Thanks again for keeping this blight on our country before us.

– Kevin McCormack, Seaton, SA

Moss Cass

What a beautiful and thoughtful memoir by Dan Cass, celebrating the life of Moss Cass (“Remembering Moss Cass”, March 12-18). He was truly a giant in the days when governing actually meant something.

– Bede Lipman, Lismore, NSW

A lyrical ‘River’

Kristina Olsson’s piece, “The River” (March 5-11), was the finest writing I’ve seen on climate change or, in fact, on any subject I’ve read in yonks. She had me with the first paragraph and carried me inexorably to the last. I hope for her continued presence in the pages of your weekly horror show of bastardries past, present and future, much of which has not been mentioned in the general media. I find it depressing for many reasons, but keep it up.

– Ray Sutton, Darlinghurst, NSW

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This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on March 19, 2022.

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