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letters July 31, 2021

Rallying against a common enemy

It’s interesting to have an explanation of years of otherwise inexplicable Liberal shenanigans in New South Wales (Mike Seccombe, “How power and factionalism work in Berejikliand”, July 24-30): it’s all the feds’ fault. It’s no coincidence that this...

letters July 24, 2021

Another job for Carr and Cousins

Following the success of Bob Carr and Geoff Cousins in accessing the Chinese embassy to assist in blocking lines of finance and insurance to Adani (Mike Seccombe, “Exclusive: How three men stopped China funding Adani”, July 17-23), perhaps Bob Brown...

letters July 17, 2021

Calling out Frydenberg

Josh Frydenberg, when minister for the Environment (Mike Seccombe, “Exclusive: Frydenberg pushed AGL to sack boss”, July 10-16), instead of implementing policy, played politics by pressuring AGL board members to sack Andy Vesey, then chief executive...

letters July 10, 2021

Breaching credibility

The government justifies misspending money on car parks because it was elected and this was promised (Karen Middleton, “Car park slush fund among worst breaches”, July 3-9). Apparently this get-out-of-jail-free card relieves them of any...

letters July 3, 2021

Judgement at the ballot box

Hindsight gives John Hewson a persuasive view of the present government’s shortcomings (“On shame and politics”, June 26–July 2). It’s easy to agree with his litany of instances where compassion has been missing. All the examples cited by Dr Hewson...

letters June 26, 2021

Far from independent

Karen Middleton’s well-researched article (“Australia’s big spending on war machines”, June 19-25) raises the important issues of Australia developing and expanding the “sovereign capability” of the Australian Defence Force and a corresponding “...

letters June 19, 2021

A fair go for Murugappan family

Rebekah Holt does us a service in elaborating the plight of the Biloela family and the suffering of their young daughters (“Sick, trapped, scared: Priya speaks from Perth hospital”, June 12-18). Discomfiting as it is, it says something about the...

letters June 12, 2021

Failing Afghanistan

The Morrison government is sliding out of Afghanistan with its tail between its legs (Karen Middleton, “Exclusive: US warned Australia on Kabul closure”, June 5-11). In so doing it is leaving Afghan families who worked with and for Australia in...

letters June 5, 2021

Standard of proof

John Kunkel, the prime minister’s chief of staff, wrote that prime ministerial staff must “hold themselves to the highest standards” in regard to an allegation of backgrounding of Brittany Higgins’ partner by Scott Morrison’s staff (Karen Middleton...

letters May 29, 2021

Over-reach on charities

Thank you, Mike Seccombe, for alerting readers to this proposal (“Morrison’s ‘unconstitutional’ crackdown on charities”, May 22-28). I recently attended a forum on the for-profit and non-profit sectors where the head of the Australian Charities and...

letters May 22, 2021

A waiting game

The state of Josh Frydenberg’s supposed now open mind is very much a wait-and-see (Mike Seccombe, “What’s behind Frydenberg’s debt epiphany?”, May 15-21). Can we measure how far he’s actually travelled from his claimed Thatcher–Reaganomics? I’d...