letters

letters June 23, 2018

A centre of delusion

I can’t be the only person baffled by the Howard and Abbott sideshow spruiking a university centre for Western civilisation (Mike Seccombe, “Ramsay cul-de-sac”, June 16–22). I take it that Western values are grounded on things such as scientific...

letters June 16, 2018

Public must rally for broadcaster

Julian Burnside, eminent lawyer, once said all governments hate criticism. In Australia we have a broadcaster, owned by the people, funded by taxation, that has a reputation for quality programming. Numerous inquiries have found it is unbiased in...

letters June 2, 2018

The overkill of warship program

As we cut expenditure even further from any programs which might demonstrate our concern for the oppressed and forsaken, both here and overseas, we plan with seeming eagerness, even delight, to spend another few score billion on some naval killing...

letters June 9, 2018

Stop this torture

Torture has become so much more sophisticated. No more rack and thumb screws so no bodily evidence. Imran Mohammad (“Manus and post-traumatic stress”, June 2–8) details the results of the vicious regime of Minister Peter Dutton through which...

letters May 26, 2018

Dogma has no place in our schools

Pastoral care is undoubtedly a worthwhile and necessary aspect of education in all Australian schools. Juliette Armstrong is to be commended for her challenge to the legality of discrimination against non-religious job applicants for pastoral care...

letters May 21, 2018

Greed winning over fairness

Jane Caro and Lyndsay Connors (“Fairness now Gonski”, May 12–18) ask, “What kind of democracy have we become?” The answer is clear: we have become a selfish, hard-hearted and at best partial one, closer to a plutocracy than a genuine democracy. This...

letters May 12, 2018

GDP is the wrong measure

The lead story on immigration (Mike Seccombe, “Inside the ‘just add people’ dogma”, May 5–11) was an articulate outline of what many well-informed community groups and leaders have been saying for some years – that governments of both persuasions...

letters May 5, 2018

The rule of Dutton

Julian Burnside (“A silk terse at a sow’s ear, April 28–May 4) gives such an admirably lucid account of the predicament into which Australia has drifted. We have in Peter Dutton a minister who has accrued powers in a calculated way. The list of...

letters April 28, 2018

The banks’ protection racket

The experience of James Wheeldon (Michael West, “Banks given ‘Neddy Smith’ green light”, April 21–27)when working for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and his reluctant conclusion that the banks are too rigged to fail reminds me...

letters April 21, 2018

Cruel and unusual punishment

I am a nearly 70-year-old nurse and I have never been so ashamed of this country and the behaviour it is currently showing. From allowing animals to be put on a ship and sent to countries that we probably suspect do not treat them in a humane way (...

letters April 14, 2018

Next generation shortchanged

Mike Seccombe describes the clear failure of current political life (“Turnbull and the boomer racket”, April 7–13) which is about to further entrench intergenerational inequity in a cynical manipulation to retain power, but not power based on merit...