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letters March 23, 2019

Looking for answers

Firstly, as a Muslim and a refugee I want to thank the wider Australian community for their kind words and affection and for showing their great support in this time of great grieving. And I also thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison for at least...

letters March 16, 2019

Standing up for reforms

I do not write to papers very often but I feel I must congratulate you on “The town with no water” by Nick Feik and “The new underclass” by Mike Seccombe (March 9–15). Nick Feik hit the nail on the head when he wrote that the main reason the Darling...

letters March 2, 2019

On the path to contrition?

The conviction of George Pell feels like a turning point for the relationship between Australia and all religious institutions. Despite having worked for the Anglican Church for nearly 40 years, my AMP shares look great next to the church’s terminal...

letters March 9, 2019

No need to stop the boats

Professor Robert Manne makes a valid point (“The myth of the great wave”, March 2-8). The continued offshore detention of nearly 1000 asylum seekers does not make any contribution to stopping the boats. His comments on what friends of asylum seekers...

letters February 23, 2019

Analysis worth the effort

As an Indonesian reader based in Jakarta who cares about domestic and international politics, I was expecting an adequately analytical and probably more balanced standpoint from the contents of The Saturday Paper . The article “War in West Papua” (...

letters February 16, 2019

Bipartisan agreement on torture

Every time I see a picture of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (on the cover of No. 239, Karen Middleton, “The pain in Hayne stays mainly...”, February 9-15) I also think of Tanya Plibersek, two parliamentarians of the major parties who have refugee family...

letters February 9, 2019

Award for Manus journalist

Congratulations to Behrouz Boochani for winning the Victorian Prize for Literature and to The Saturday Paper for bringing his disturbing and powerful book No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison to the attention of its readers. The...

letters February 2, 2019

UN should act on West Papua

The Indonesian embassy’s response to “Chemical weapons dropped on Papua” (Letters, January 26-February 1) is an example of misdirection and government evasion, obscuring and misrepresenting an oppressive and illegal situation in Papua. Irrespective...

letters January 26, 2019

Response on West Papua

The Saturday Paper ’s article titled “Chemical weapons dropped in Papua” (December 22, 2018–January 25, 2019) is a good example of misleading and false news, channelling baseless allegations against the Indonesian government and the real and...

letters December 22, 2018

Independent advice required

Anne Summers makes an important observation in stating “it is easy to forget just how recently policy and politics became unhitched – if not unhinged” (The dead policy scrolls”, December 15–21). Summers provides a long list of policy-free areas of...

letters December 15, 2018

Christian values ignored by politicians

Watching the rage and fierceness of the speech Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave last week, declaring he would use anything to stop the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill from being successful, I kept wondering how can this possibly align with Christian...