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letters February 16, 2019

Bipartisan agreement on torture

Every time I see a picture of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (on the cover of No. 239, Karen Middleton, “The pain in Hayne stays mainly...”, February 9-15) I also think of Tanya Plibersek, two parliamentarians of the major parties who have refugee family...

letters February 9, 2019

Award for Manus journalist

Congratulations to Behrouz Boochani for winning the Victorian Prize for Literature and to The Saturday Paper for bringing his disturbing and powerful book No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison to the attention of its readers. The...

letters January 26, 2019

Response on West Papua

The Saturday Paper ’s article titled “Chemical weapons dropped in Papua” (December 22, 2018–January 25, 2019) is a good example of misleading and false news, channelling baseless allegations against the Indonesian government and the real and...

letters February 2, 2019

UN should act on West Papua

The Indonesian embassy’s response to “Chemical weapons dropped on Papua” (Letters, January 26-February 1) is an example of misdirection and government evasion, obscuring and misrepresenting an oppressive and illegal situation in Papua. Irrespective...

letters December 22, 2018

Independent advice required

Anne Summers makes an important observation in stating “it is easy to forget just how recently policy and politics became unhitched – if not unhinged” (The dead policy scrolls”, December 15–21). Summers provides a long list of policy-free areas of...

letters December 15, 2018

Christian values ignored by politicians

Watching the rage and fierceness of the speech Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave last week, declaring he would use anything to stop the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill from being successful, I kept wondering how can this possibly align with Christian...

letters December 8, 2018

A sick joke as regulator

Michael West has once again done an excellent job in revealing just how lax Australia’s corporate regulatory regime is (“Bank penalties disguised as charitable donations”, December 1–7) . His forensic analysis shows how banks have not only been able...

letters December 1, 2018

Telling the story of Indigenous youth

Credit to The Saturday Paper for giving a voice to the marginalised each week. Dylan Voller has the kind of lived experience that those who make decisions affecting thousands of young lives absolutely need to acknowledge, if they are to respond to...

letters November 24, 2018

Same old model

The chair of the Australian Republic Movement, Peter FitzSimons, has demonstrated why Australians remain uncertain about a “true” Aussie head of state (Mike Seccombe, “Republic disturbance”, November 17–23). He has used the tired trope of engaging a...

letters November 17, 2018

More ordinary members needed

Political scientist Nick Economou’s claim that “the ordinary branch member is a big problem in political parties” in Mike Seccombe’s article on neo-Nazi infiltration of the Nationals (“Rank and defile”, November 10–16) is quite problematic. Most...

letters November 10, 2018

No thanks to Murdoch

Reading Mike Seccombe’s excellent article on the politics of removing children from Nauru (“How Murdoch got the kids off Nauru”, November 3–9) was a reminder that the inhuman policy of offshore detention could not have lasted so long without the...