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letters May 28, 2022

The most urgent reform

Kevin Rudd (May 21-27) asks of Labor, “What happens if you win?” Rhetorically he provides five challenges for Labor across foreign and domestic policy but closes with the need for media reform and described this as the most urgent reform of all...

letters May 21, 2022

A return to decency?

When I migrated here in the late 1970s from a failed democracy, Australia was about to enter a time of great optimism. During the past nine years, however, the rise of self-interest, mean-spiritedness, inequality and corruption has seen the retreat...

letters May 14, 2022

Trapped in the politics of fear

Two weeks out from the last election it was difficult to put money on the Coalition to win. However, combative fear-based arguments targeted at the working class saying life was all about the economy and you couldn’t trust Labor to manage it turned...

letters May 7, 2022

The burning issue

So Anthony Albanese says “we’re going to get on with winning an election based on Labor principles about jobs, industrial relations and climate change” (Mike Seccombe, “The inside story of Labor’s election promises” , April 30–May 6). The trouble is...

letters April 30, 2022

Independents and social change

Tony Windsor nails the problem perfectly ( “Rorters, rooters and the country’s lost decade” , April 23-29). There is a culture of greed pervading the groups that are doing nicely. Determined to keep their privileges, their franking credits, the low...

letters April 23, 2022

Getting the politician we see

As we approach this election it is hard to understand why Scott Morrison has survived his litany of culpable failures and mismanagement (Paul Bongiorno, “Nobody likes a bad dentist” , April 16-22). A reasonable explanation is a combination of...

letters April 16, 2022

A coup in the party machine

Stephen Mutch’s piece ( “How Scott Morrison became a tin-pot dictator” , April 9-15) on the origins and current state of the Liberal Party’s “moderate” faction should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in how our traditional parties of...

letters April 9, 2022

Unmasking the PM

Karen Middleton has uncloaked the Liberal Party preselection process for the sham that it is, complete with religious and racial overtones ( “ ‘Actually a Moslem’: The true story of Morrison’s ruthless preselection” , April 2-8). We no longer should...

letters April 2, 2022

Changes to NDIS

I am writing to clarify some inaccuracies contained in Rick Morton’s article “Age games” (March 26–April 1). The article misinterprets recent NDIS tender documents and policy settings relating to children. The increase in the Early Childhood...

letters March 26, 2022

Real cuts in emissions needed

It’s hardly a “blunder” when a Coalition government decision results in windfall profits to a generous donor sector in preference to the financiers of the scheme – Australian taxpayers, (Mike Seccombe, “Angus Taylor’s $3.5 billion carbon blunder” ,...

letters March 19, 2022

Getting to the heart

Rick Morton’s reporting, time and time again, goes right to the heart of very troubling issues by telling the human stories that brilliantly take the reader on the journey with him ( “I could see a baby ... its parents buried almost neck deep in mud...