letters

letters August 8, 2020

Spending, yes, but on what?

Yes, a sovereign government always spends and thus creates money. Modern monetary theory (MMT) is a version of Keynesian policies and its popularity is welcome (Mike Seccombe, “Could Frydenberg ease this crisis by printing money?”, August 1-7). But...

letters August 1, 2020

Morrison’s choice

Let me get this straight. Neville Power is one of the least narcissistic chief executives, but it’s his way or the highway. He speaks respectfully to Aboriginal people, but doesn’t want to pay royalties to them. He is poor at consultation and can’t...

letters July 25, 2020

Catching a break on Covid-19

Rick Morton’s “How the second wave broke” (July 18-24) references a feeling any keen surfer knows all too well when surfing waves outside their comfort zone. Without warning, the first wave of the set always looms frighteningly large, spurring...

letters July 18, 2020

Doctors’ guidance on cancer treatment

Two articles in The Saturday Paper touch on dilemmas related to cancer diagnosis that medical practitioners face every day. The first (Rick Morton, “Exclusive: Doctors ignore terminal cancer”, July 11-17) dissects the delay in diagnosis of...

letters July 11, 2020

Sydney council to consult on statues

For many people in our city and across Australia, James Cook symbolises the lie of terra nullius, and the onset of violence against First Nations peoples, and centuries of dispossession (Open letter, “Relocate Cook statue”, July 4-10). This has been...

letters July 4, 2020

Aunty stands alone

Rick Morton analyses the problems of the ABC with clarity (“Exclusive: New govt report targets ABC”, June 27–July 3). Why should a report into the ABC, owned by the people, be written by a recent News Corp executive and have sections redacted? The...

letters June 27, 2020

Where is the federal ICAC?

Paul Bongiorno’s review of Labor’s branch-stacking woes in Victoria (“I don’t know him from Adem”, June 20-26) is helpful but somewhat two-dimensional. He asks “Who can blame the government for enjoying Labor’s discomfort at the moment?” but fails...

letters June 20, 2020

PM repaying blue-collar backers

Mike Seccombe’s article “Who Morrison is looking after” (June 13-19) rightly points out the failed opportunities and inequities of the HomeBuilder scheme. The falling percentages of public housing and young home ownership are damning statistics. If...

letters June 13, 2020

Indigenous history not taught

Unfortunately Australians know more about the Holocaust than the history of Aborigines killed whether in past battles or in custody (Amy McQuire, “There cannot be 432 victims and no perpetrators…”, June 6-12). Perhaps this is a failure of teaching...

letters June 6, 2020

Acland’s destruction not the last

I have to confess I could not finish reading the story “How one mine ate a town” (Rick Morton, May 30–June 5), which describes New Hope Coal’s attempt to subsume a Queensland town. My reluctance was due to this not being an isolated case: Rio Tinto...

letters May 30, 2020

Politicians and envy

Margaret Simons (“The end of the university boom”, May 23-29) reports that government ministers and senior bureaucrats feel aggrieved when university vice-chancellors on $1 million salaries call on them crying poor, given that the academics’...