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letters May 21, 2022

A return to decency?

When I migrated here in the late 1970s from a failed democracy, Australia was about to enter a time of great optimism. During the past nine years, however, the rise of self-interest, mean-spiritedness, inequality and corruption has seen the retreat...

letters May 14, 2022

Trapped in the politics of fear

Two weeks out from the last election it was difficult to put money on the Coalition to win. However, combative fear-based arguments targeted at the working class saying life was all about the economy and you couldn’t trust Labor to manage it turned...

letters May 7, 2022

The burning issue

So Anthony Albanese says “we’re going to get on with winning an election based on Labor principles about jobs, industrial relations and climate change” (Mike Seccombe, “The inside story of Labor’s election promises” , April 30–May 6). The trouble is...

letters April 30, 2022

Independents and social change

Tony Windsor nails the problem perfectly ( “Rorters, rooters and the country’s lost decade” , April 23-29). There is a culture of greed pervading the groups that are doing nicely. Determined to keep their privileges, their franking credits, the low...

letters April 23, 2022

Getting the politician we see

As we approach this election it is hard to understand why Scott Morrison has survived his litany of culpable failures and mismanagement (Paul Bongiorno, “Nobody likes a bad dentist” , April 16-22). A reasonable explanation is a combination of...

letters March 5, 2022

NSW descends into farce

So let me get this straight. Alex Hawke is Scott Morrison’s trusted confidant and fixer with considerable power. Hawke is facing a preselection challenge so scuttles meetings by not turning up (Karen Middleton, “Morrison moves to firm up leadership...

letters February 26, 2022

RANZCP must step up for those in need

With his humane and incisive analysis of another health catastrophe, Rick Morton has done it again ( “The truth on spiralling mental-health waitlists” , February 19-25) and nails the causal issues. How long have families, carers and sufferers had to...

letters February 19, 2022

Bring on the election

The revelations in Karen Middleton’s article “Exclusive: PM planned not to deliver abuse apology” (February 12-18) are a clear demonstration that Prime Minister Scott Morrison cares far more for himself and his position of power than he does for...

letters February 12, 2022

An absence of caring

Rick Morton’s exposé of the inept policy behind “living with Covid” is appallingly unsurprising ( “Exclusive: Robo-debt call centres take over Covid hotline” , February 5-11). It says something about a mindset in government that it can countenance...

letters February 5, 2022

Pandemic mistakes

Rick Morton’s analysis of hospital and medical services is brilliantly summarised by the portmanteau “clusterfuck” ( “Hospital plan: ‘Try very hard to avoid getting Covid until March’ ” , January 29–February 4) expressed by a victim of the health...

letters January 29, 2022

Labouring under a misconception

It should indeed be obvious that a healthy economy requires healthy people but not, apparently, to Scott Morrison and Dominic Perrottet (Mike Seccombe, “Tracing the ‘nightmare’ reality of the shadow lockdown” , January 22-28). Utterly blinded by...