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letters June 6, 2020

Acland’s destruction not the last

I have to confess I could not finish reading the story “How one mine ate a town” (Rick Morton, May 30–June 5), which describes New Hope Coal’s attempt to subsume a Queensland town. My reluctance was due to this not being an isolated case: Rio Tinto...

letters May 30, 2020

Politicians and envy

Margaret Simons (“The end of the university boom”, May 23-29) reports that government ministers and senior bureaucrats feel aggrieved when university vice-chancellors on $1 million salaries call on them crying poor, given that the academics’...

letters May 23, 2020

Danger in numbers

Last Saturday’s lead article by Rick Morton (“How Covid-19 energised conspiracy theorists”, May 16-22) details in disturbing detail the extent of adherence to a variety of conspiracy theories fuelled by Covid-19. Morton is correct in saying, “...

letters May 16, 2020

In Aunty we trust

The ABC has played a vital role during the bushfire and coronavirus crises. Mike Seccombe (“Hundreds facing the sack with ABC cuts”, May 9-15) records our collective indebtedness to the ABC and its profound contribution to our collective wellbeing...

letters May 9, 2020

Building resilience the key to food security

Margaret Simons has drawn out key lessons from my 2012 report into the security of the Australian food supply chain in excellent fashion (“The real reason our shelves were empty”, May 2–8). Although Australia has enough food for everyone, it may not...

letters February 8, 2020

Tied up in red tape

The recent changes to the application process for Commonwealth-funded grants are ridiculous in the extreme (Karen Middleton, “Sports grants expose broken system”, January 25-31). The 2019-20 Commonwealth Volunteer Grant scheme administered by the...

letters February 1, 2020

Appreciating the quality

It was a refreshing moment to once again receive the quality journalism embedded in the pages of The Saturday Paper . Clarity, honesty and truth was there in all its 32-page wonderment. Sean Kelly’s particularly direct contempt for Scott Morrison’s...

letters January 25, 2020

Comcar or caring for the Commonwealth?

Firestorms in Australia have severely stressed our Rural Fire Services and volunteers. Rick Morton (“The long, hot summer”, December 21, 2019–January 24, 2020) reported: “Fire trucks that should have been replaced years ago are being held together...

letters December 21, 2019

Lagging behind on renewables

As Karen Middleton writes (“Coal custody”, December 14-20), Labor leader Anthony Albanese sees the future of coal in Australia as a choice for or against jobs in the coalmining industry. It is likely to be neither. There will be domestic and...

letters December 14, 2019

Indigenous numbers beat Lambie’s

Senator Jacqui Lambie (Mike Seccombe, “Lambie’s secret medevac bargain”, December 7-13) only got 31,383 primary votes, and her preferences made up the Tasmanian senate quota, which at the last election was 50,285 votes. So 50,285 voters gave her a...

letters December 7, 2019

Time to work together

Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu challenges a regressive colonial mindset (Rick Morton, “Bolt, Pascoe and the culture wars”, November 30–December 6) in fundamental ways. His thorough research highlights the shallow mythology of “pioneers toiling in a harsh...