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letters October 17, 2020

No reason to smile

I look at the picture on the front page (October 10-16). Two men – both loving fathers, I believe – smiling benignly. They seem pleased with what they have achieved. Juxtaposed with this photo is a story of cruelty (Abdul Karim Hekmat, “Hazara...

letters October 10, 2020

No spinning Earth’s destruction

Many of us are inured to the fact that politicians and governments use “spin” – a watered-down term for misrepresenting the truth (Mike Seccombe, “What happens when a government chooses to lie?”, October 3-9). Compared with the deeply offensive,...

letters October 3, 2020

Health system was already flawed

Along with his two recent front-page pieces on Victoria’s contact tracing failures and its healthcare outbreaks, Osman Faruqi’s “New Covid-19 cases among staff in hotel quarantine” (September 26–October 2) shines a much-needed light on how Victoria’...

letters September 26, 2020

Aged care should not be for profit

Rick Morton has done an excellent job unravelling the aged-care debacle (“The collapse of aged care”, September 12-18 and 19-25). It must be obvious by now that allowing the elderly to be cared for by people whose main aim is profit is neither...

letters September 19, 2020

Getting back to quality care

Rick Morton’s article “The collapse of aged care (part one)” (September 12-18) identifies the late 1990s as when the system started to go pear-shaped. One major failing is when the ratio of registered nurses (RNs) to residents was abandoned in 1998...

letters September 12, 2020

Hailing those on the front line

Anna Krien’s brilliant, heart-wrenching piece (“24 hours on Melbourne’s lockdown front line”, September 5–11) was both informative and timely, reminding us of the incredible stresses and sacrifices of those thousands of workers turning out day and...

letters September 4, 2020

Job agencies’ virus bonuses

Rick Morton’s article (“Exclusive: Jobactive virus kickbacks top $500 million”, August 29–September 4) is yet another example – as if we need any – of the failure of privatisation, not to mention the potential for corruption that seems to be endemic...

letters August 29, 2020

Detained and voiceless

Karen Middleton’s article (“Exclusive: 4115 assaults in immigration detention”, August 22-28) highlights Australia’s continued maltreatment of detainees. The behaviour of guards and detainees in detention centres, as identified by the Commonwealth...

letters August 22, 2020

Hospitalisation call not so simple

While it is emotionally understandable that people would expect their loved ones to be moved from aged care to hospital when they contracted Covid-19, it can be argued that this would have made no difference to their outcome, but would have placed...

letters August 15, 2020

Financial mistake of early access

One of the original reasons for the establishment of superannuation funds in Australia was to encourage individuals to build a safety net for retirement, which not only protected the retiree but also shifted an enormous amount of financial...

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...