letters

letters November 25, 2017

The domination of Murdoch

For 50 years Rupert Murdoch, directly and by race-to-the-bottom influence, has poisoned the epistemological covenant between Western voters and the governments we elect (Karen Middleton, “Rudd calls for News Corp inquiry”, November 18-24). The...

letters November 18, 2017

Time for constitutional change

Australia’s constitution continues to frustrate us all (Karen Middleton, “It’s all turned to citizenship”, November 11-17). Is it not time to recognise that it was created by conventions of men with whom we share very few values? They created a...

letters November 4, 2017

On death and dying

Martin McKenzie-Murray (“Inside the passing of Victoria’s assisted dying law” and “Niagara reflections”, October 28-November 3) writes twice about death and dying. His Niagara reflections are interwoven with the apparent suicide of a man who,...

letters November 11, 2017

Reputation ruined by Manus actions

Thank you, Imran Mohammad, for your lucid and terrible description of life on Manus (“Alone and abandoned”, October 28-November 3) as the government prepares with stunning precision to remove those few physical requirements we all need. Apart from...

letters October 28, 2017

Attacks on ABC against national interest

It says a lot about the Coalition government that it would use as a bargaining chip the independence and integrity of one of our national treasures – the ABC (Mike Seccombe, “The Hanson plot to kill the ABC”, October 21-27). It would do this to gain...

letters October 21, 2017

Gun lobby runs old arguments

Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm, interviewed by Mike Seccombe (“The gun nuts in our parliament”, October 14-20) helpfully reiterates that mantra of the gun lobby: there are dangerous people, not dangerous guns. You just need to keep the guns...

letters October 14, 2017

Time to act on constitution

Karen Middleton’s interview with Mick Dodson (“Fixing the constitution”, October 7-13) demands the long-overdue updating of our constitution to align it with Australia’s international treaty obligations and overwhelming public opinion. The race...

letters October 7, 2017

US to benefit from refugees

Ray Hadley recently said the refugees going to the United States were dressed as if on a catwalk (Editorial, “Talk of shame”, September 30-October 6). I wonder who Peter Dutton is speaking to when he replies, “We didn’t ask people to hop on the...

letters September 30, 2017

Chill out Tony and look at wedding gifts

I grow weary of Tony Abbott and his rear-vision mirror perspective of Australia (Editorial, “The ‘No surprises here’ case”, September 23-29). Just for once can’t he and his conservative fan club look ahead to where we’re going and stop glancing...

letters September 23, 2017

PM sets the standard

Karen Middleton in her list of Malcolm Turnbull’s “achievements” (“Making sense of his first two years”, September 16-22) fails to emphasise his only real victory. He has managed to hold on to office by pandering to the extreme right wing of his...

letters September 16, 2017

The great divide

Richard Cooke (“Sancho Panza’s lament”, September 9-15) gives due regard to people who are victims of neoliberalism. However, the “average Joe” is depicted as a marginalised “other”, a social media troll with ties to no one. Implicit is the idea...