Letters to
the editor

Fossil fuel fallacy

Bravo Polly Hemming of The Australia Institute for your article “Greenwash monster” (October 29–November 4), which exposed the Australian government’s facilitation of corporate greenwashing. Hemming’s piece is a welcome contrast to the mainstream media’s championing of the Labor government’s climate “ambition”. The government must stop supporting fossil fuel expansion. It must put an end to dodgy, feel-good carbon offset schemes. It must abolish fossil fuel subsidies. And it must stop accepting donations from the fossil fuel industry. Anything less will only exacerbate the climate crisis already upon us. 

– Angela Smith, Clifton Hill, Vic

Climate rort

Congratulations to Polly Hemming on her excellent article exposing some of the hypocrisy of our new Labor government. I wonder how many, like me, would have never previously heard of the Climate Active certification scheme. This appears to be yet another rort allowing fossil fuel polluting corporations to claim so-called green credentials. Together with the government continuing to approve new oil and gas projects and their massive subsidies to fossil fuels, it raises the question of how seriously this government is treating the crisis facing the planet.

– Peter Lamb, Fairy Meadow, NSW

Keating caning

Was it not enough to have Barangaroo inflicted on us, without also having to endure lectures from Paul Keating and Dominic Perrottet about the precinct’s visionary brilliance (Elizabeth Farrelly: “Harbourside Haussmann”, October 29–November 4)? Referencing Keating’s “ignorant, arrogant, pro-developer, pro-Packer, anti-public interest, self-justifying” rant, Farrelly effectively strips away the emperor’s new Zegna suit. Despite Keating and Perrottet’s blustering, public benefit has well and truly disappeared into the maw of the profit-obsessed private sector. The Lendlease-dominated Barangaroo, with its miserly “green spaces” that risibly include open water, is a spectacular NSW government, Keating-assisted failure. Parks, open spaces, inclusive cultural spaces and generous water frontages have given way to mean and windswept corners, hard surfaces, soulless rows of cafes and restaurants, skyscrapers for the wealthy and a massive casino with a problematic reputation. The great god mammon now squats on once-public land and is busy being airbrushed by its craven enablers. 

– Alison Stewart, Riverview, NSW

Broad shoulders

I have long been an admirer of both Paul Keating and Elizabeth Farrelly. Farrelly’s evisceration of Keating is worthy of the subject himself. I have no doubt Keating would have enjoyed Farrelly’s work no less than she or, indeed, I and many others did. He has the breadth of shoulders to carry it and, I believe, the strength of character to concede that, in this case, she is right. Well, that’s what I think, anyway. Sorry, Paul.

– Tim Cusack, Kangaroo Point, Qld

Making sense

Each week, I eagerly buy your paper to read the insightful words of Professor John Hewson. He is balanced, thoughtful and devoid of political positioning, despite his Liberal Party background. Nine Newspapers are paying a huge cost for being so myopic in “letting him go”. Seriously, in my view, following a lifetime in practising and teaching journalism, John Hewson makes more sense than all other political/economic writers going around. In less than 2000 words, his weekly commentary and analysis leaves them all in his wake – and shows up their many biases and shortcomings.

– Ranald Macdonald, Flinders, Vic 

Lost for words

We had not long returned from our regular Saturday morning walk to pick up the paper when I found my darling wife softly weeping. What had happened? Had Vlad dropped the bomb? Had the cat died? What could it be? I hadn’t burnt the toast and her tea was still hot! Turns out The Cryptic solution was missing! Had Runnalls done a runner? I put her back to bed. Only a week, but I must get her to eat.

– Geoff Riley, Albany, WA

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This article was first published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on November 5, 2022.

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