letters

letters July 13, 2019

Tax there for the taking

Yes, the Laffer curve is a laff-a-minute, a total concoction, and it is as nasty as you portray it (Editorial, “Destroying Australia”, July 6-12). But for the Grattan Institute to buy into the “pay for” austerity myth just means an inadvertent...

letters July 6, 2019

Morrison’s helping hands

Having just read Karen Middleton’s article “Scott Morrison’s inner circle” (June 29-July 5), I am bemused at the plotting, scheming and protestations of loyalty, followed in short order by betrayal, of the various Christians in the Liberal Party...

letters June 22, 2019

Planning for the future

Mike Seccombe’s article (“Cannon-Brookes and the new climate guard”, June 15-21) has mightily helped to dispel post-election gloom. What an inspiration it was to read about someone who has the vision and the means to achieve real change in energy...

letters June 29, 2019

Batty has earned her privacy to grieve

Martin McKenzie-Murray doesn’t attempt to nail Rosie Batty as his splendid writing approaches tentatively (“Rosie Batty: the private toll of public grief”, June 22-28). Our background, environment and character determine our reaction to grief. Grief...

letters June 15, 2019

Obfuscation over public interest

Thank you, Karen Middleton, for the next chapter in the history of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (“Fresh documents in Morrison’s sacking”, June 8-14). “The minutes of that meeting were provided under FOI, but mostly redacted…” This is yet another...

letters June 8, 2019

Change for the better?

It was dismaying to read Anthony Albanese’s vague and platitudinous vows of a new beginning (Karen Middleton, “Starting again: the Albanese interview”, June 1-7). What many are desperately but quietly hoping for is an opposition that makes use of...

letters June 1, 2019

Malakootis’ plight a crying shame

Tearfully, I read Abdul Karim Hekmat’s “Hearts in darkness” on Sadoullah Malakooti (May 25-31). Tearfully, I mowed the bourgeois lawn and pondered. Who can be happy in a country where this happens to a struggling father and his children? Who can...

letters May 25, 2019

Spirit didn’t move the voters

Your editorial noted “it was an election set piece dreamed up by the most earnest of Labor strategists” (“Time to choose”, May 18-24) as now former Labor leader Bill Shorten invoked the ghostly spirit of Edward Gough Whitlam, QC, MP in the very same...

letters May 18, 2019

Election grants

“Promise land” (Karen Middleton, May 11-17) left me even more despondent (is that even possible?) about probity and pork barrels, and prompts me to think: “My Kingdom, my Kingdom, a car park/Scout hall for my Kingdom”. – David Eckstein, Lilyfield,...

letters May 11, 2019

Missing the points

It is clear that consideration of morality is lacking in this federal election. There are two outstanding matters, neither being properly addressed by the media or the two major parties. The first is the imprisonment and torture of asylum seekers...

letters May 4, 2019

Conflicts of interest

Mick Keelty’s warning, via Karen Middleton, that the nation’s public water supplies were “ripe for corruption” has come too late (“Keelty warns river ‘ripe for corruption’ ”, April 27–May 3). The PM revealed last week that the Coalition’s definition...