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letters September 15, 2018

It’s like a kind of torture

The prime minister’s recent reference to the party room as “a muppet show” insults the “Muppets” (Paul Bongiorno, “The enemies within”, September 8–14). Unlike the LNP, the “Muppets” are truly a broad church with no need for backstabbers and...

letters September 8, 2018

A blueprint for what not to do

The verbal gymnastics exhibited by politicians to justify leadership changes make interesting reading, but surely the main reason for their short terms, at least in the past decade, has been the lack of leadership attributes in those deposed; the...

letters August 25, 2018

Voting for a better system

Senator Fraser Anning took the place of Senator Malcolm Roberts who was elected for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party on a primary vote of 77. Roberts was a dual citizen of Britain and Australia. Anning had a primary vote of just 19 but soon after...

letters September 1, 2018

Musical deckchairs change nothing

The captain has changed but the iceberg is still ahead for the Liberals (Geoff Pryor cartoon, August 25–31, 2018). – Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill, Vic Libs plot their own funeral Malcolm Turnbull’s exit from the political stage is likely to bring...

letters August 18, 2018

Dutton simply perpetuates cruelty

Our minister for xenophobia, Peter Dutton, doesn’t seem to be able to tell the difference between a migrant and an asylum seeker. He doesn’t understand that some people have the time and relative security to apply to migrate to Australia, while...

letters August 11, 2018

Where’s my money?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is still defending giving nearly $500 million to a group that didn’t ask for it (Andrew Stafford, “ ‘Businessmen’ get $443m for reef”, May 26–June 1). I also haven’t asked for any money and yet for some reason I also...

letters August 4, 2018

Coalition coffers take a hit

Rather than concede Labors’ ability to withstand the Liberal National Party’s “Kill Bill” strategy, consider the repudiation Malcolm Turnbull has received for his negative campaigning (Karen Middleton, “Grubby tactics in the Super Saturday elections...

letters July 28, 2018

It’s best to bow out

After seeing Paul Murray sit there and let a former numbers man and the one-time leader of the party they both embraced exchange blows on pay TV, I am convinced that people who are no longer politicians best serve their party and their fellow...

letters July 21, 2018

Imran’s moving words

“I am Imran” informs Australia of its great loss, and shame, and America’s gain (Imran Mohammad, July 14–20). The tears in my eyes did nothing to diminish the clarity and power of his devastating words. That he only began to learn English some four...

letters July 14, 2018

Brutality is happening now

Helen Razer has been “broadcasting and writing her way into disagreement of various scales” over the course of 20 years, a tradition she continues in her misguided review of TV series The Handmaid’s Tale (“Hood winked”, June 30–July 6). Her central...

letters July 7, 2018

Fairfax responds to Tracey Spicer

Few publications have done more to expose wrongdoing in the wake of the global #MeToo movement than The Sydney Morning Herald . Together with the ABC, the Herald uncovered decades of sexual misbehaviour by television star Don Burke, as well as...