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letters November 17, 2018

More ordinary members needed

Political scientist Nick Economou’s claim that “the ordinary branch member is a big problem in political parties” in Mike Seccombe’s article on neo-Nazi infiltration of the Nationals (“Rank and defile”, November 10–16) is quite problematic. Most...

letters November 10, 2018

No thanks to Murdoch

Reading Mike Seccombe’s excellent article on the politics of removing children from Nauru (“How Murdoch got the kids off Nauru”, November 3–9) was a reminder that the inhuman policy of offshore detention could not have lasted so long without the...

letters October 27, 2018

No justice on Manus Island

From February 1948, the Australia government started transferring the last war criminals held since 1945 to Manus Island. There they were to languish until pressure from the United States led to them facing trial in 1950, many for crimes against...

letters November 3, 2018

Take action on asylum-seeker children

Martin McKenzie-Murray’s front-page story about the national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse was masterful – complex, compassionate, critical where necessary, and very moving (“Julia Gillard was our hero”, October 27–...

letters October 20, 2018

Time to heed MSF call

Surely on the whole we in Australia are compassionate people (Behrouz Boochani, “Five years in purgatory”, September 29–October 5). How can we now ignore the pleas from the highly esteemed organisation Médecins Sans Frontières and our own Australian...

letters July 21, 2018

Imran’s moving words

“I am Imran” informs Australia of its great loss, and shame, and America’s gain (Imran Mohammad, July 14–20). The tears in my eyes did nothing to diminish the clarity and power of his devastating words. That he only began to learn English some four...

letters July 14, 2018

Brutality is happening now

Helen Razer has been “broadcasting and writing her way into disagreement of various scales” over the course of 20 years, a tradition she continues in her misguided review of TV series The Handmaid’s Tale (“Hood winked”, June 30–July 6). Her central...

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...