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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 24, 2019

A road through Country

Following Lidia Thorpe’s piece (“Destroying sacred trees contradicts treaty hopes”, August 17-23), VicRoads has started evicting the embassy. The machines are humming in the background, waiting for people to fade away from camp. This cannot happen...

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...

letters August 17, 2019

Where to draw the line

It was quite revealing to analyse the empirical evidence in your article “Murdoch media feeds far-right recruitment” by Rick Morton (August 10-16). The disturbing influence of conservative think tanks such as the Institute of Public Affairs and...

letters June 29, 2019

Batty has earned her privacy to grieve

Martin McKenzie-Murray doesn’t attempt to nail Rosie Batty as his splendid writing approaches tentatively (“Rosie Batty: the private toll of public grief”, June 22-28). Our background, environment and character determine our reaction to grief. Grief...

letters June 22, 2019

Planning for the future

Mike Seccombe’s article (“Cannon-Brookes and the new climate guard”, June 15-21) has mightily helped to dispel post-election gloom. What an inspiration it was to read about someone who has the vision and the means to achieve real change in energy...

letters June 15, 2019

Obfuscation over public interest

Thank you, Karen Middleton, for the next chapter in the history of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (“Fresh documents in Morrison’s sacking”, June 8-14). “The minutes of that meeting were provided under FOI, but mostly redacted…” This is yet another...

letters June 8, 2019

Change for the better?

It was dismaying to read Anthony Albanese’s vague and platitudinous vows of a new beginning (Karen Middleton, “Starting again: the Albanese interview”, June 1-7). What many are desperately but quietly hoping for is an opposition that makes use of...

letters June 1, 2019

Malakootis’ plight a crying shame

Tearfully, I read Abdul Karim Hekmat’s “Hearts in darkness” on Sadoullah Malakooti (May 25-31). Tearfully, I mowed the bourgeois lawn and pondered. Who can be happy in a country where this happens to a struggling father and his children? Who can...

letters May 25, 2019

Spirit didn’t move the voters

Your editorial noted “it was an election set piece dreamed up by the most earnest of Labor strategists” (“Time to choose”, May 18-24) as now former Labor leader Bill Shorten invoked the ghostly spirit of Edward Gough Whitlam, QC, MP in the very same...