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letters July 22, 2017

More to Menzies’ legacy

Gadfly’s shortlist of Robert Menzies’ achievements (“Ming ding”, July 15-21) omitted his gift of $5 million to Tasmania’s Reece Labor government in 1965 to bulldoze a road into the south-west wilderness. Via that road the Hydro-Electric Commission...

letters July 15, 2017

Commission’s Catholic focus questioned

Martin McKenzie-Murray quoted inaccurately and selectively from my address to the Christopher Dawson Centre in May (“The people defending Cardinal George Pell”, July 8-14). I never alleged that there have been “conspiratorial attacks” on the...

letters July 1, 2017

Links between acts of violence

Martin McKenzie-Murray (“A history of violence”, June 24-30) raises the interesting possibility of a link between domestic violence and jihadism. While this may be complicated by a million other factors, what it highlights is the need to take any...

letters July 8, 2017

The toll of clergy abuse

The Saturday Paper editorial “Pell’s day in court” (July 1-7) confirms that George Pell has been charged with historical offences, and is also about the recent impact of child sex offences on the church. As a member of a family who has been touched...

letters June 24, 2017

Numbers tell another story

Two articles in last week’s edition (June 17-23) report on continuing efforts by the Christian right to control Australia’s political agenda by recasting it in their own image (“Hardline Christian hoping to replace Triggs” by Mike Seccombe, and “A...

letters June 17, 2017

Immigrants fear racial profiling

The wildfire indignation incited by the influence-peddling of a few recently arrived wealthy, powerful Chinese is concerning (Martin McKenzie-Murray, “Influencer containment”, June 10-16). I worry that such loud protests risk unleashing the demons...

letters June 10, 2017

Open collaboration led to Uluru statement

The Uluru statement was a historic achievement of First Nations agency. The process was demanded, designed and led by Indigenous leaders. Delegates called for a First Nations voice in the constitution and a Makarrata Commission outside it. They...

letters June 3, 2017

Minister’s bait and switch

Thank you for coverage on refugees and Karen Middleton’s article (“Deadline betrayal”, May 27-June 2). I could scream, however, at the mainstream media’s willingness to play the “look over there” game. Yes, announcing the deadline for asylum seekers...

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 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...