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letters February 16, 2019

Bipartisan agreement on torture

Every time I see a picture of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (on the cover of No. 239, Karen Middleton, “The pain in Hayne stays mainly...”, February 9-15) I also think of Tanya Plibersek, two parliamentarians of the major parties who have refugee family...

letters February 9, 2019

Award for Manus journalist

Congratulations to Behrouz Boochani for winning the Victorian Prize for Literature and to The Saturday Paper for bringing his disturbing and powerful book No Friend But the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison to the attention of its readers. The...

letters January 26, 2019

Response on West Papua

The Saturday Paper ’s article titled “Chemical weapons dropped in Papua” (December 22, 2018–January 25, 2019) is a good example of misleading and false news, channelling baseless allegations against the Indonesian government and the real and...

letters February 2, 2019

UN should act on West Papua

The Indonesian embassy’s response to “Chemical weapons dropped on Papua” (Letters, January 26-February 1) is an example of misdirection and government evasion, obscuring and misrepresenting an oppressive and illegal situation in Papua. Irrespective...

letters December 22, 2018

Independent advice required

Anne Summers makes an important observation in stating “it is easy to forget just how recently policy and politics became unhitched – if not unhinged” (The dead policy scrolls”, December 15–21). Summers provides a long list of policy-free areas of...

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 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 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 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 August 18, 2018

Dutton simply perpetuates cruelty

Our minister for xenophobia, Peter Dutton, doesn’t seem to be able to tell the difference between a migrant and an asylum seeker. He doesn’t understand that some people have the time and relative security to apply to migrate to Australia, while...