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letters November 9, 2019

Bailing out water

The more we hear about the problem of managing water rights in the Murray–Darling system, the more it sounds like a classic example of too many cooks spoiling the broth. Karen Middleton’s report (“Former AFP chief eyes water officials”, November 2-8...

letters November 2, 2019

The shadow of Big Peter

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s idea (Mike Seccombe, “Dutton’s plan for a surveillance state”, October 26–November 1) is a perverse plan for a society that prides itself on being a model, modern democracy. It’s mind-boggling how a man of such...

letters October 26, 2019

Prayer service

Not so long ago, the prime minister sought to boot both his ministerial colleagues and their bureaucratic armies closer towards goalposts that would deliver fewer impediments and more solid, down-to-earth outcomes for those living in the real world...

letters October 19, 2019

ISIS will rise again

The West is the most effective fighting force in defeating ISIS (Jamie Williams, “I fought with the Kurds; they are not the enemy”, October 12-18). The Kurds are abandoned by the United States to face a Turkish military onslaught; this after already...

letters October 12, 2019

Trouble ahead on aged care

Rick Morton gives a valuable perspective on the crisis facing aged care (“Exclusive: Aged-care sector at risk of collapse”, October 5-11). It’s valuable as it shines a light on providers such as Bupa, considered too big to fail despite facing...

letters October 5, 2019

Power couple

Last week’s eloquent Saturday Paper cover photo of the two well-fed and very conservative politicians congratulating each other (Rick Morton, “The week Australia failed on climate change”, September 28–October 4) was augmented by the editorial about...

letters September 28, 2019

Political donations

Reflecting on Sam Dastyari’s push for public funding of political campaigns, it is useful to reflect on donations in New South Wales (Karen Middleton, “Funding fault”, September 21-27). Only NSW bans donations from property developers. [Editor’s...

letters September 21, 2019

Raise the Newstart payment

Rick Morton (“Newstart: the human cost of Morrison’s plan”, September 14-20) details the damage done to selected Newstart recipients through the introduction of the cashless credit card. Great harm is also done by the complete inadequacy of the...

letters September 14, 2019

From the privilege of freedom

Yet again, Behrouz Boochani (“Dutton’s for punishment”, September 7-13) articulates, with profound insights, many truths experienced by people rightly seeking asylum and incarcerated on Manus Island and Nauru. He also reminds those of us opposed to...

letters September 7, 2019

Looking ahead

In his article “The complacent country” (August 31-September 6) I thought Kevin Rudd offered a slightly different perspective on the left–right divide in Australian politics. He suggested that the left should provide a national identity with an eye...

letters August 31, 2019

Pell and the rule of law

Thank you, Richard Cooke (“The power and hypocrisy of George Pell’s supporters”, August 24-30). The Court of Appeal in a majority judgement has carefully examined the evidence and arguments using its technical expertise, intellect, rigour and...