A fascinating and somewhat tantalizing insight into the massacre of the coalition. While I take comfort in the change of government and the restoration of trust, I suffer from PTSD – Post Traumatic Scott Disorder. Janet Argall, Dulwich Hill
It appears Morrison suffered from the Caesar complex. Only he could become prime minister. He was not willing to give Frydenberg a chance. The result was predictable. Bill McMahon, head of Lennox
Peter Hatcher and James Massola’s analysis of Morrison’s mistakes sheds light on the skills leaders lack. Having to learn empathy and take responsibility is an alarm bell, and demanding teamwork when you can’t practice it yourself is the first step on a slippery slope.
With Kath and Kim returning to us, I have one word for Morrison’s legacy: unbridled hubris. Brian Thornton, Stanmore
I sympathize with Sophie Scamps’ anger at Jason Falinski’s survey map, which failed to mention climate change as a priority. Here in Warringah, we received similar fake surveys from Tony Abbott. I used a thick black felt-tip pen to cross out the items he suggested and wrote in capital letters, ‘None of these. Instead, global overheating, fair treatment of refugees, affordable housing and making multinationals pay taxes.” Then I would email it back. It didn’t change him, but it made me feel better.
Steve Cornelius, Brookvale
Denial that endangers democracy
Sean Kelly sees “the slow separation of public performance from reality” as the greatest threat to democracy (“Rocky Road Ahead for Democracy,” Nov. 14). I propose that a much bigger threat is the denial of that divorce and the failure to take responsibility for it. The lies and denial of failure are what fuels public anger. Demagogues like Donald Trump then use that anger to undermine the democratic transfer of power. Democracy works when the denial of responsibility is exposed and our politicians are held accountable. We should all be thankful for the results of the US midterm elections. Mark Porter, New Lambton
Come on, Sean Kelly, don’t deny us Trump’s delightful glee hoisted on his own petard. Sure, the Democratic world isn’t out of the woods just yet, but watching “Trumpty Dumpty” be taken down by his fair-weather buddies and his candidates imploding as their cuckoo conspiracy theories are rejected by the electorate gives me some cheers. Phil Bradshaw, Naremburn
Win for accountancy
Each week, more chickens from the former coalition government come home to sleep (“Cost of Morrison’s GST Deal Blows Out as Debts Hit Record High,” Nov. 14). As their perches fill up and the coop becomes more malodorous, we expect the role, status and past and future recommendations of the Australian National Audit Office to be more respected and supported from now on (“Audit office demands grants review,” November 14) . Sue Dyer, Downer (ACT)
I never understood what seemed like concessions to the WA government regarding GST. What I do know is that in two weeks of touring the south east of the state (Geraldton to Esperance and back inland to Perth) we only once found a small stretch of road considered normal in country NSW and Victoria. The rest all had protruding surfaces with a white line on each edge, as well as the center line. I didn’t even bother to think, “How can they afford this?” Perhaps the Auditor General can take a look at this disparity and why it has occurred because NSW roads are rubbish in comparison. Glenys Quirk, Forster
During my time as a teacher (Letters, November 14), I remember having to take a refresher course labeled “The Student’s Rights”. I don’t remember a teacher’s rights course. As your correspondent points out, in addition to all the administrative workload, teachers are exposed to insults and intimidation, not to mention having to try to control students’ increasingly unruly behavior. No wonder there is a teacher shortage. Any student sitting in a classroom these days would be foolish to choose teaching as a career when they see what their teachers deal with on a daily basis. Richard Keyes, Enfield
Flight plans, please
I’m impressed with the infrastructure being built at Badgerys Creek (“Airlines Line Up as West Runway Ready to Take Off,” Nov. 14), but not with the sluggishness of plans to release flight paths . Certainly, with the runway in place, aircraft approaches are known and residents of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains have a right to know how their quality of life will be affected before the next federal election. Kim Crawford, Springwood
If only the construction of the rail link to Badgerys Creek was “stepped up” along with the airport. That will have a bigger impact on Western Sydney than the airport itself, especially if the state government makes the wise decision to run it to Campbelltown. Philip Cooney, Wentworth Falls
Coast goes under
Has your correspondent (Letters, November 14) recently traveled “north and south along the coast”? As a resident of Newcastle I can say that “development” envelops here and south to Sydney. The amenity value of the area has deteriorated considerably. The only real solution is to stop the economic Ponzi scheme which is population growth. Martin Frohlich, Adamstown Heights
Recipe for chaos
I hope there are enough pharmacists in training (“Pharmacists Prescribing Antibiotics, Pill under Reform,” 14 November), as your local pharmacist will not have time to talk to you or advise you on your health problems, as they are much more script. Should we make an appointment now for advice? Denis Suttling, Newport Beach
Afternoon nap time
Staff meetings (Letters, Nov. 14) can seem unbearably long at any time of the day, and they have a calming effect at the end of a long day at the coal-fired power station. I fell asleep, embarrassingly, during such a meeting and the note-taker took note. The following week, the minutes said “Terry fell asleep at 3:45 pm”. This turned out to be one of the most memorable items in those meetings over the next few months. Terry Charleston, Cootamundran
Speaking of unproductive meetings reminded me that “a committee is a group that takes minutes and loses hours”, and “a committee of one gets things done”. Exactly, on both counts. Edward Loong, Milsons Point
I can only agree with your correspondents. As a member of a construction team, I was required to attend our weekly construction meetings, which lasted all day and often ended at 6:00 pm.
The only reprieve was the lunch break at a local and popular Thai restaurant. The bill paid by our consultants made the meetings bearable. Rodney Crute, Hunters Hill
Smoke them out
Plain packaging poker machines are a great idea (Letters, Nov. 14). But why stop at removing bells and whistles? Let’s color the screen brown, with a big warning sign and matching image to boot. Ken Olah, Manly
Cruising appears to be an expensive way to contract COVID-19 (“Sense and fairness overboard again,” November 14). Much cheaper to hop on Sydney transport exposed during rush hour. Ray Morgan, Maroubra
The front page of “Dutton Now Governor” (November 14) briefly scared us that we had missed a change in the local political scene. But of course the Dutton referenced was not our own “Prepare for war” Peter, but a character on a television series. Thank God. Derrick Mason, Boorowa
Your correspondent (Letters, Nov. 14) hopes women have seen the light of wearing high heels. It doesn’t seem like that when you see so many women waddling around in sky-high heels. There seems to be a strong correlation between high heels and tied feet as ways to control women by stumbling them. Judith Rostron, Killarney Heights
The digital display
Online commentary from one of the stories that attracted the most reader feedback yesterday smh.com.au
Perrottet faces bitter internal division over new outbreak of ‘koala wars’
From emcm: Wow, talk about tin ears. This could well be the final nail in the coffin for the NSW state government. I’m counting the days until the election
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