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letters May 27, 2017

Other options for refugee situation

Since it seems unlikely that the United States will take a very large number of those refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, it does appear that Australia has real obligations to the remainder (Editorial, “Deliberate injustice”, May 20-26). The idea...

letters May 20, 2017

Business without conscience

Having read Michael West’s “Getting down to farce tax” (May 13-19) I would like to bring into question the concept of corporate and individual ethics. How can these businesses and individuals justify, through what could be called “creative...

letters May 6, 2017

Alt-right thin-skinned on Anzac Day

Great editorial on the attack on Yassmin Abdel-Magied (“The farce post”, April 29-May 5). You left out, though, that she is intelligent, articulate and dark-skinned – three other things the alt-right can’t stand, particularly in women. The other...

letters May 13, 2017

Make all schools great

Mike Seccombe’s “The war on universities” (May 6-12) could form part 2 of his “Schools of injustice” article (October 8-14, 2016), as a most comprehensive journalistic dissection and contribution regarding the mix of recent political history with...

letters April 29, 2017

O’Brien family stands by Teo

I refer to an article published in last week’s paper as “Charlie’s sheen” by Martin McKenzie-Murray (April 22-28). The article misrepresented my late father, Chris O’Brien. My dad is not here to defend himself or reflect on the entire course of his...

letters April 22, 2017

Bank idea brings a purpose

Nicholas Gruen’s proposal for the Reserve Bank of Australia to act as a people’s bank (“Reserve’s a civil answer”, April 15-21) is a welcome “disruption” to the way that term is presently conceived. Rather than uncritically hailing the next Uber in...

letters April 15, 2017

Looming disaster of Adani coalmine

Vaishali Patil’s article (“Carmichael brunt”, April 8-14) provides a disturbing insight into Adani, the company that wants to build a giant coalmine in the Galilee Basin in Queensland. From an Indian perspective “the damage that Adani has done to...

letters April 8, 2017

Jobs pressure on possums

The deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has called for the Leadbeater’s possum to be taken off the endangered species list in order to save 250 timber workers’ jobs (Karen Middleton, “Two men and a possum”, April 1-7). The Queensland premier went...

letters April 1, 2017

Another seeking to heal

Therase Lawless’s story (“How the church forced me to relive my abuse”, March 18-24) saddened me – that such systems can still operate – but it heartened me to read an account of the psychological and physical processes that the inability to flee or...

letters March 25, 2017

Energy policy fails to enlighten

Paul Bongiorno has written, “Ten years of brutal, opportunistic politics has left this nation with no credible energy policy” (“Time for new tricks, not old dogma”, March 18-24). He’s right, of course, but let’s be absolutely...

letters March 18, 2017

Woeful leadership in plentiful supply

The sane media in the United States is in full alarm about Trump, not because of his policies, such as they are, but because he appears to have a mental disorder, and they fear for what may come next. We have a different...