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letters June 19, 2021

A fair go for Murugappan family

Rebekah Holt does us a service in elaborating the plight of the Biloela family and the suffering of their young daughters (“Sick, trapped, scared: Priya speaks from Perth hospital”, June 12-18). Discomfiting as it is, it says something about the...

letters June 12, 2021

Failing Afghanistan

The Morrison government is sliding out of Afghanistan with its tail between its legs (Karen Middleton, “Exclusive: US warned Australia on Kabul closure”, June 5-11). In so doing it is leaving Afghan families who worked with and for Australia in...

letters June 5, 2021

Standard of proof

John Kunkel, the prime minister’s chief of staff, wrote that prime ministerial staff must “hold themselves to the highest standards” in regard to an allegation of backgrounding of Brittany Higgins’ partner by Scott Morrison’s staff (Karen Middleton...

letters May 29, 2021

Over-reach on charities

Thank you, Mike Seccombe, for alerting readers to this proposal (“Morrison’s ‘unconstitutional’ crackdown on charities”, May 22-28). I recently attended a forum on the for-profit and non-profit sectors where the head of the Australian Charities and...

letters May 22, 2021

A waiting game

The state of Josh Frydenberg’s supposed now open mind is very much a wait-and-see (Mike Seccombe, “What’s behind Frydenberg’s debt epiphany?”, May 15-21). Can we measure how far he’s actually travelled from his claimed Thatcher–Reaganomics? I’d...

letters May 15, 2021

Rudd on climate change

Your May 1-7 editorial (“Hint and miss for climate targets”) reprised the utterly false premise that, during my leadership, I framed climate change principally as a moral challenge rather than a practical economic, geopolitical and environmental one...

letters May 8, 2021

Seeking solutions

Tim Flannery’s timely piece (“US carbon tariff offers opportunity for Australia”, May 1-7) describes the stupidity of the Morrison government’s pretence that it can somehow withstand the push for the cessation of fossil fuel mining in the face of a...

letters May 1, 2021

Defence and Dutton

On past performances, Peter Dutton’s new gig as Defence minister could be at least as alarming to domestic fans of democracy as he hopes to be to any foreign foe (Karen Middleton, “How Peter Dutton will transform Defence”, April 24-30). Dutton has...

letters April 24, 2021

The watches on the wall

There’s too much hot air obscuring the real bones of the Australia Post saga. It’s not really about Christine Holgate or bonus watches: that was just a convenient hook for the government to hang it on, as Karen Middleton spells out (“How Christine...

letters April 17, 2021

One size won’t fit all

Rick Morton correctly highlights how the onus is shifting to vulnerable people trying to navigate the complexities of the system in “Robo-debt public servants now shaping the NDIS”, April 10-16. This is compounded by the fact that complex...

letters April 10, 2021

NDIS needs to be reined in

When the NDIS was first announced, it seemed too good to be true (Rick Morton, “WhatsApp leak: ministers shut out of NDIS redraft”, April 3-9). It reflected well on us as a caring society. It was exactly the sort of scheme I would have liked for my...