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letters May 18, 2019

Election grants

“Promise land” (Karen Middleton, May 11-17) left me even more despondent (is that even possible?) about probity and pork barrels, and prompts me to think: “My Kingdom, my Kingdom, a car park/Scout hall for my Kingdom”. – David Eckstein, Lilyfield,...

letters May 11, 2019

Missing the points

It is clear that consideration of morality is lacking in this federal election. There are two outstanding matters, neither being properly addressed by the media or the two major parties. The first is the imprisonment and torture of asylum seekers...

letters April 27, 2019

Coalition sticks with Adani

While two-thirds of Australians are opposed to Adani’s Carmichael coalmine, why is it still being considered by Morrison’s government, which is supposed to represent us all? (Karen Middleton, “CSIRO steps back on Adani approval”, April 13-19). Why...

letters May 4, 2019

Conflicts of interest

Mick Keelty’s warning, via Karen Middleton, that the nation’s public water supplies were “ripe for corruption” has come too late (“Keelty warns river ‘ripe for corruption’ ”, April 27–May 3). The PM revealed last week that the Coalition’s definition...

letters April 20, 2019

Unhappy Gilmore

Driving in congested traffic makes me console myself with extremely foul language. Driving through Nowra at any time of the day can produce this effect as I negotiate the narrow, hostile road to the Deep South. Recently, my wayward mouth was snapped...

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 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 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 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 October 12, 2018

PM can’t handle the truth

Tim Flannery’s article (“Checking Morrison on climate change”, October 6–12) exposes, in a very measured way, some of the blatant lies recently put forward by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Flannery states some truths that will be inconvenient to...

letters October 6, 2018

Policy for the short term

Disbelief at the federal government’s monster grant to the obscure Great Barrier Reef Foundation was compounded by Karen Middleton’s revelation that it was the narcissistic political brainchild of our new prime minister, Scott Morrison (“Exclusive:...