letters

letters April 4, 2020

The search for immunity

Rick Morton’s “Fact-checking Covid-19” (March 21-27) was an excellent gathering of information. I think a little expansion, though, may be worthwhile. “Can you test retrospectively to see if you once had Covid-19 but now you don’t?” In other words,...

letters March 28, 2020

Echoes of Vietnam War

Your article on alleged murders by Special Air Service personnel contained a couple of depressingly familiar points (Karen Middleton, “Defence braces for SAS murder charges”, March 21-27). One, Australian soldiers were frustrated at having to...

letters March 21, 2020

Examining the numbers

The story “Trust deficit threatens Covid-19 response” (Mike Seccombe, March 14-20) contained two related issues: a decline in trust of governments and an assertion that the economy has almost doubled since 2008. We are continually bombarded by...

letters March 14, 2020

Rage against the PM

Thank you, Rick Morton, for your insightful summary of the prime minister’s “world of truth”: “Morrison’s dislike [of answering questions] is more intense, more seething. It is barely controlled contempt.” (“A fraction too much fiction”, March 7-13...

letters March 7, 2020

McCormack must act on medical care

It is time that the deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, whose electorate office is located in Wagga Wagga, woke up and leapt out of hiding to support the needs of his female constituents and rural women living in adjacent New South Wales...

letters December 21, 2019

Lagging behind on renewables

As Karen Middleton writes (“Coal custody”, December 14-20), Labor leader Anthony Albanese sees the future of coal in Australia as a choice for or against jobs in the coalmining industry. It is likely to be neither. There will be domestic and...

letters December 14, 2019

Indigenous numbers beat Lambie’s

Senator Jacqui Lambie (Mike Seccombe, “Lambie’s secret medevac bargain”, December 7-13) only got 31,383 primary votes, and her preferences made up the Tasmanian senate quota, which at the last election was 50,285 votes. So 50,285 voters gave her a...

letters December 7, 2019

Time to work together

Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu challenges a regressive colonial mindset (Rick Morton, “Bolt, Pascoe and the culture wars”, November 30–December 6) in fundamental ways. His thorough research highlights the shallow mythology of “pioneers toiling in a harsh...

letters November 30, 2019

The challenge of China

I feel sad and worried to see Australia’s stance towards China reduced to a struggle between fear and greed, as described in Vicky Xiuzhong Xu’s article, “Keating exposes China divide” (November 23-29). I was brought up to like and admire China and...

letters November 23, 2019

The hot topic

I find it tragic and shameful that it has taken the loss of lives, property and thousands of square kilometres of forests, including irreplaceable rainforest ecosystems, to make our political leaders realise that climate change is a real and present...

letters November 16, 2019

A better-informed market

Mike Seccombe draws attention to a number of unarguable realities facing Scott Morrison and the Liberal–National Coalition in their attempts to criminalise consumer advocacy (“Bruised by boycotts”, November 9-15). But in an effort to grapple with...