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letters February 15, 2020

The legacy of the Wakils

On so many levels, it’s a cautionary tale for the ages (Rick Morton, “The biggest party donor you’ve never heard of”, February 8-14). Childless migrants make good and seek ways to show gratitude to their adopted country. Through their legacy,...

letters February 8, 2020

Tied up in red tape

The recent changes to the application process for Commonwealth-funded grants are ridiculous in the extreme (Karen Middleton, “Sports grants expose broken system”, January 25-31). The 2019-20 Commonwealth Volunteer Grant scheme administered by the...

letters February 1, 2020

Appreciating the quality

It was a refreshing moment to once again receive the quality journalism embedded in the pages of The Saturday Paper . Clarity, honesty and truth was there in all its 32-page wonderment. Sean Kelly’s particularly direct contempt for Scott Morrison’s...

letters January 25, 2020

Comcar or caring for the Commonwealth?

Firestorms in Australia have severely stressed our Rural Fire Services and volunteers. Rick Morton (“The long, hot summer”, December 21, 2019–January 24, 2020) reported: “Fire trucks that should have been replaced years ago are being held together...

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 August 10, 2019

Independent thinkers

I note that Richard Ackland believes that “full disclosure” requires that journalists and commentators should declare any association with the spouse or partner of a politician they discuss on a program such as Insiders (Gadfly, “Grassy-eyed Gus”,...

letters August 2, 2019

Paying the job network

It was interesting to read the article about the push to increase the Newstart allowance at long last (Mike Seccombe, “Newstart: Thaw in senate may end 25-year freeze”, July 27-August 2). Even John Howard and Barnaby Joyce think it is a good idea...

letters July 27, 2019

Read the Uluru statement

I accept that there are a range of views within our community regarding the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the debate around constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples (Editorial, “A matter of respect”, July 13-19). What I cannot...

letters July 20, 2019

Preaching his values

Thanks to Tanya Levin (“Hillsong and a prayer”, July 13-19) for her analysis of Scott Morrison’s Pentecostalist affiliations. Australians have a right to know about their prime minister’s belief system, which is inseparable from the performance of...

letters July 13, 2019

Tax there for the taking

Yes, the Laffer curve is a laff-a-minute, a total concoction, and it is as nasty as you portray it (Editorial, “Destroying Australia”, July 6-12). But for the Grattan Institute to buy into the “pay for” austerity myth just means an inadvertent...

letters July 6, 2019

Morrison’s helping hands

Having just read Karen Middleton’s article “Scott Morrison’s inner circle” (June 29-July 5), I am bemused at the plotting, scheming and protestations of loyalty, followed in short order by betrayal, of the various Christians in the Liberal Party...