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letters December 19, 2020

Mungo’s sharp wit will be missed

Mungo MacCallum will be missed by all who know the joy of words (Editorial, “Mungo MacCallum 1941-2020”, December 12-18). His acerbic wit in dedicating to Spooner some of his cleverest crossword clues has been a constant source of enjoyment. I read...

letters December 12, 2020

NDIS changes not needed

I thank Rick Morton for his incisive article regarding the potential changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme assessment protocol (“Exclusive: The seven-year plot to undermine the NDIS”, December 5-11). As a mother of a participant and an...

letters December 5, 2020

More women, then what?

I fully support the call by Leanne Smith and James Cockayne (“Why we need a feminist foreign policy”, November 29–December 4). But rather than spelling out how this would change the basic assumptions of Australia’s interactions with the world, they...

letters November 28, 2020

Political casualties

Karen Middleton’s two commentaries on our Afghanistan horrors (“How ‘prestige, status and power’ led to Australia’s war crimes” and “The politics of deploying the SAS”, November 21-27) vindicate that ancient wisdom: good armies and their moral...

letters November 21, 2020

Getting through to Rupert

Mike Seccombe asks “How do you cure a cancer like Rupert Murdoch?” (November 14-20) The short answer is by refusing to buy, or read online, his newspapers; and refusing to watch Sky News. As a scientist with broad interests, I could be labelled a...

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 May 2, 2020

Learn from Cold War history

“The virus is a reputational disaster for China, as well as a health and economic one, with ordinary citizens now experiencing the impact of its actions around the world” (Karen Middleton, “Not exactly China plates”, April 25–May 1). And as usual...

letters April 25, 2020

Hospital’s infection control among best

Rick Morton’s story on the Covid-19 outbreak in north-western Tasmania (“Burnie questions”, April 18-24) was incorrect to say the North West Regional Hospital “has consistently ranked among the worst private or public hospitals in the nation” on a...