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letters December 4, 2021

Unforgettable calls from Nauru

I wept on reading the editorial ( “The Nauru rapes” , November 27–December 3). Six years ago, Martin McKenzie-Murray documented the brutal rapes of the refugee girls on Nauru. Even after the exposure of this systematic and brutal treatment of the...

letters November 27, 2021

Howard began blocking on climate

Tim Flannery is too generous to the Coalition when he says they have been blocking action to slow climate change since the election of Tony Abbott in 2013 ( “Australia turned Glasgow into fossil fuel ‘coffee shop’ ” , November 20-26). They have been...

letters November 20, 2021

Black comedy is no longer funny

Reading Mike Seccombe’s account “The man behind Scott Morrison’s climate pact” (November 12-19), you begin to wonder if some synonym of “dishonest” wouldn’t be a better descriptor of our present government than sapiens. If accorded the sort of...

letters November 13, 2021

Transparency essential

Mike Seccombe documents the travesty that sees grants handed out on criteria that mostly don’t include need or merit ( “Berejiklian ‘rorts’ nothing on the Morrison government’s” , November 6-12). Former senior public servant Michael Keating...

letters November 6, 2021

Consumers’ part in climate change

Thank you, Marian Wilkinson, for highlighting the Australian government’s obscurantist response ( “How the gas lobby captured Morrison’s Glasgow response” , October 30–November 5) to what is being proposed on the world stage. Whether we are laggards...

letters October 30, 2021

Universities are not a threat

Professor John Hewson’s article (“ The dumb country ”, October 23-29) is a timely reminder of the problems facing our universities, and the flow-on effects for future generations. Universities have done what successive governments have wanted, that...

letters October 23, 2021

Getting the wording right

Labor’s efforts to be a small target are making it virtually invisible. While acknowledging its difficulties in actively opposing a government that has few, if any, policies, Labor can assert expectations of honesty and integrity to confront the...

letters October 16, 2021

Coalition’s lack of fiscal discipline

Good to read Rick Morton’s analysis of the hollowing out of the public service by this government (“ How private management consultants took over the public service ”, October 9-15). How much money has it wasted on consultants? Not to mention other...

letters October 9, 2021

Cloudy with a chance of landslides

It seems there’s some uncertainty in the White House about Australia’s political leadership on climate change (Mike Seccombe, “ Biden adviser: ‘I don’t know whether Angus Taylor is an ideologue or an idiot’  ”, October 2-8). First Nancy Pelosi...

letters October 2, 2021

What would Jesus do?

The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney paradoxically quotes Jesus putting the service of others over power and control, as Mike Seccombe reports in “ Exclusive: George Pell returned to Australia ahead of church reforms ” (September 25–October 1). Yet...

letters September 25, 2021

AUKUS not in our interests

Thanks for your excellent editorial (“ Losing to win ”, September 18-24) on the nuclear submarines matter, and for including Hugh White’s sensible piece (“ From the submarine to the ridiculous ”, September 18-24). Although I don’t absolutely agree...