letters

letters February 17, 2018

Foreign interference and the TPP

A major function of the proposed new national security legislation on “espionage and foreign interference” is to “introduce new offences relating to foreign interference with Australia’s political, governmental or democratic processes” (Mike...

letters February 10, 2018

Terror in a phoney war

Thanks to Karen Middleton for “Flesh and drones” (January 27–February 2), and to Greg Hogan for his letter (“Drones create new dilemmas”, February 3–9). Professor John Blaxland says, “We used to carpet-bomb cities”, as if to make collateral damage...

letters January 27, 2018

Another Howard act

Just one complaint about Mike Seccombe’s chronicle of the sins of the Howard government (“It’s all John Howard’s fault”, December 23, 2017–January 26, 2018): not enough space was devoted to it. To do the subject justice would need an entire edition...

letters February 3, 2018

A compelling argument on Australia Day

Nakkiah Lui’s “Dated politics” (January 27–February 2) was so fresh, so honest and so very real. Compared with the “divide and rule” practices of our dated politicians she has every right to resent the practices of successive governments of “old...

letters December 23, 2017

Combined effort needed on Manus

Richard Cooke’s article (“False Labor and the birth of Manus”, December 16-22) ends on a miserable note. The “compassionate” inner-city voters are outweighed by the western suburbs of Sydney, and probably Melbourne. The possible loss of seats is of...

letters December 16, 2017

Honouring Behrouz Boochani

Thank you for printing the “poet’s manifesto” of Behrouz Boochani (“A letter from Manus”, December 9-15). It is eloquent and moving. The dog that was killed is mourned by the men of Manus. We also mourn it. The body of the poor animal should be laid...

letters December 9, 2017

No longer out in the cold

The right to die when a person no longer can live a meaningful life is a human right (Rodney Syme, “The right to die”, November 25-December 1). It is not god-given but part of our evolution as thinking animals. Humans have evolved complex thought...

letters December 2, 2017

Protests growing for action on Manus

The moving account of the forced transfer of refugees to a new, unfinished camp on Manus (“Malcolm Turnbull (02) 6277 7700”, November 25-December 1) by Martin McKenzie-Murray has given us a factual report of the conditions and brutality faced by the...

letters November 25, 2017

The domination of Murdoch

For 50 years Rupert Murdoch, directly and by race-to-the-bottom influence, has poisoned the epistemological covenant between Western voters and the governments we elect (Karen Middleton, “Rudd calls for News Corp inquiry”, November 18-24). The...

letters November 18, 2017

Time for constitutional change

Australia’s constitution continues to frustrate us all (Karen Middleton, “It’s all turned to citizenship”, November 11-17). Is it not time to recognise that it was created by conventions of men with whom we share very few values? They created a...

letters November 11, 2017

Reputation ruined by Manus actions

Thank you, Imran Mohammad, for your lucid and terrible description of life on Manus (“Alone and abandoned”, October 28-November 3) as the government prepares with stunning precision to remove those few physical requirements we all need. Apart from...