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letters September 23, 2017

PM sets the standard

Karen Middleton in her list of Malcolm Turnbull’s “achievements” (“Making sense of his first two years”, September 16-22) fails to emphasise his only real victory. He has managed to hold on to office by pandering to the extreme right wing of his...

letters September 16, 2017

The great divide

Richard Cooke (“Sancho Panza’s lament”, September 9-15) gives due regard to people who are victims of neoliberalism. However, the “average Joe” is depicted as a marginalised “other”, a social media troll with ties to no one. Implicit is the idea...

letters September 2, 2017

Welfare plan beyond understanding

Thank you, Eva Cox, for your comprehensive insight into what is alleged to pass for welfare by this government (“Welfare crack of the whip”, August 26-September 1). I, too, watched that televised interview with Christian Porter, in disgust. A wiser...

letters September 9, 2017

Are you reading this, prime minister?

Thank you for your accurate, strong and forceful editorial comments regarding the Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton (“National disgrace”, September 2-8). It would be excellent if the prime minister read and then acted on your words, but sadly I...

letters August 26, 2017

Self-interest taking its toll

Your two articles on appalling behaviour by our federal government, Martin McKenzie-Murray’s “Making war with the ABC” and Mike Seccombe’s “Charitable detonation” (August 19-25), are proof positive that the LNP are actively working against the...

letters August 19, 2017

Tears for Hamed

One of the saddest pictures I have ever seen was on the front page of The Saturday Paper at the weekend (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “Driven to death on Manus Island”, August 12-18). A sort of altar with a few pink flowers, candles and dishes of...

letters August 12, 2017

On rights and obligations

Voluntary assisted dying is strongly opposed by Right To Life Australia through its tried and tested tactics of political intimidation and by framing compassion as “killing” (John Power, “Unwritten endings”, August 5-11). Its website cites the...

letters August 5, 2017

Manus is Australia’s problem to fix

The account of conditions on Manus Island by Behrouz Boochani (“Breaking camp”, July 29-August 4) shows the cruelty and vicious treatment of the refugees by the Australian government. They are being driven to despair by various deprivations and by...

letters July 29, 2017

Signs of growing anger

Louisa Jordan’s support for multiculturalism (Letters, July 22-28) will resonate with all those who anguish over the crude and cruel rantings of One Nation supporters. Unfortunately this support is not based on reality. Australia has always been...

letters July 22, 2017

More to Menzies’ legacy

Gadfly’s shortlist of Robert Menzies’ achievements (“Ming ding”, July 15-21) omitted his gift of $5 million to Tasmania’s Reece Labor government in 1965 to bulldoze a road into the south-west wilderness. Via that road the Hydro-Electric Commission...

letters July 15, 2017

Commission’s Catholic focus questioned

Martin McKenzie-Murray quoted inaccurately and selectively from my address to the Christopher Dawson Centre in May (“The people defending Cardinal George Pell”, July 8-14). I never alleged that there have been “conspiratorial attacks” on the...