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letters September 22, 2018

Bedridden and ignored

That was a very confronting image of Nima on the front page this week, but Australians need to be confronted with the reality of what our government is doing, in our name, on Manus and Nauru (Abdul Karim Hekmat, “I am not a ‘death meat’ of Australia...

letters September 15, 2018

It’s like a kind of torture

The prime minister’s recent reference to the party room as “a muppet show” insults the “Muppets” (Paul Bongiorno, “The enemies within”, September 8–14). Unlike the LNP, the “Muppets” are truly a broad church with no need for backstabbers and...

letters September 1, 2018

Musical deckchairs change nothing

The captain has changed but the iceberg is still ahead for the Liberals (Geoff Pryor cartoon, August 25–31, 2018). – Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill, Vic Libs plot their own funeral Malcolm Turnbull’s exit from the political stage is likely to bring...

letters September 8, 2018

A blueprint for what not to do

The verbal gymnastics exhibited by politicians to justify leadership changes make interesting reading, but surely the main reason for their short terms, at least in the past decade, has been the lack of leadership attributes in those deposed; the...

letters August 25, 2018

Voting for a better system

Senator Fraser Anning took the place of Senator Malcolm Roberts who was elected for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party on a primary vote of 77. Roberts was a dual citizen of Britain and Australia. Anning had a primary vote of just 19 but soon after...

letters July 7, 2018

Fairfax responds to Tracey Spicer

Few publications have done more to expose wrongdoing in the wake of the global #MeToo movement than The Sydney Morning Herald . Together with the ABC, the Herald uncovered decades of sexual misbehaviour by television star Don Burke, as well as...

letters June 30, 2018

Minding our language

In taking up the mindset behind the federal Liberal council’s vote to privatise the ABC, Mike Seccombe indirectly emphasises the critical need for truly independent journalism ( “Rancorous and file”, June 23–29). Seccombe, and Omar J. Sakr, too,...

letters June 23, 2018

A centre of delusion

I can’t be the only person baffled by the Howard and Abbott sideshow spruiking a university centre for Western civilisation (Mike Seccombe, “Ramsay cul-de-sac”, June 16–22). I take it that Western values are grounded on things such as scientific...

letters June 16, 2018

Public must rally for broadcaster

Julian Burnside, eminent lawyer, once said all governments hate criticism. In Australia we have a broadcaster, owned by the people, funded by taxation, that has a reputation for quality programming. Numerous inquiries have found it is unbiased in...

letters June 9, 2018

Stop this torture

Torture has become so much more sophisticated. No more rack and thumb screws so no bodily evidence. Imran Mohammad (“Manus and post-traumatic stress”, June 2–8) details the results of the vicious regime of Minister Peter Dutton through which...

letters June 2, 2018

The overkill of warship program

As we cut expenditure even further from any programs which might demonstrate our concern for the oppressed and forsaken, both here and overseas, we plan with seeming eagerness, even delight, to spend another few score billion on some naval killing...