Voice naysayers are on the wrong side of history

Why is it that non-Indigenous interest groups are “part of our democratic system” but Indigenous interest groups always face a far higher bar to acceptance? Judith Fleming and Sawtell

Price and the Nationals are to be commended for their willingness to stand up to the inevitable criticism of the self-righteous woke about a fundamental matter that is vital to Australian democracy. She This shows maturity that is so lacking in many of those who are aspiring to lead or govern us. Every democrat should reject the idea of enshrining racial-based institutions in our Constitution. Ross Drynan and Lindfield

How can you close the gap between people? Maybe ask the people most affected – but that would require them having a voice. Graeme Finn Summer Hill

Littleproud is very proud of its achievements. Anthony Malivanek, Bray Park

Who’s the minister? That’s for the PM and God to know

Scott Morrison’s obsession with his Pentecostal faith prompted him to call his improbable 2018 election victory a miracle. It was. Niki Savva’s assessment that Morrison’s faith “drove him, made him immoveable, more resistant to logical explanations” is spot on (“Morrison addicted to power: top ally”, November 29). As such, he blamed his beliefs, not his conduct, for people’s negative reactions to him. He He was a martyr in himself. He told colleagues: “I have surrendered this battle to God now. I have said, over to you”. And God said: “The people have suffered enough. Begone”. Gerardine Grace, Leura

Alex Hawke is being disingenuous in accusing Scott Morrison of obsessing over power and stabbing him in the back. Was it not Hawke’s determination not to attend Liberal branch meetings which led to Morrison being able to control the very late preselection of candidates for this year’s federal election, including saving Hawke’s nomination for his long-held seat of Mitchell against a strong challenge? Hawke also remained steadfast in his control over the fate of asylum-seekers through his appointment by Morrison as immigration minister. We can only speculate that his resolute action was an attempt to defend himself against Mitchell’s future assailants. Trevor Parmenter, Breakfast Point

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Perhaps a partial explanation for Morrison’s actions can be found in a speech he gave during the election campaign: “In a time of crisis they needed my protection. They needed my strength. In a time of opportunity they need my encouragement, they need my facilitation, they need my enthusiasm”.

A touch messianic perhaps, but among the various problems Morrison’s behaviour has caused is his inability to realise his own failings. We need him to gently ride into the Shire sunset. Neil Buchanan, Waitara

Your writer says the Coalition “cannot find a way to rebuke their former leader without condemning his time in power,” (“Dutton’s band of survivors damned if they do, or don’t”, November 29). A shirt-fronting Tony Abbott would be a good starting point. John Payne Kelso

Your correspondent sets up a false dichotomy in asking what was so egregious about Morrison’s secrecy, as the “average man and woman” is more concerned about the cost of living (Letters, November 29). The Bell report provides the answer to his question: a secret appointment undermines responsible government in that a minister is not accountable to parliament and therefore is not accountable to the “average person”. Secretiveness threatens the trust of the average person in their government. Kate Lumley, Hurlstone Park

Long-term problems in NSW’s care system

I can recall reviews of the “out of home” childcare system in NSW as far back as the 1970s but changes have been messed around with at every step of the way leaving many workers and children in the system feeling powerless (“Finn and Lincoln deserve better from rich society”, November 29).
As much as we need to prevent children from being taken into care, it is also important to provide the security, stability, safety and security that children and youth require. Neither carers or workers in the system are very likely to be scamming the system; rather, it’s possible they are being asked to do too much with too little support. Jill Napier, Phegans Bay

The department knows about these issues since many years. Before the staff can date the material back, they must impounded the files and inspect their contents. Why was it necessary for the boys to inform the principal about their hunger and cold? Why didn’t they tell the NGO caseworker about their situation? Visits to the foster home should have been regular, especially for boys who are in very difficult circumstances, at the rate that these boys were being cared for. Which qualifications does the staff of both NGO and government have? What supervision is provided and what qualifications are the supervisors? Foster Care is not a difficult program to run. Let’s fix this wreckage of a system now and not wait for yet another “horror story”. Phillip Hart Drummoyne

We have nothing to offer,

We knew it, but we didn’t do anything to stop it (“Great Barrier Reef should be added to heritage ‘danger’ list: UN report”, November 29). Isn’t that the way with so many problems? We fool ourselves into thinking that everything will be OK if we just keep doing what we’ve always done when, clearly, that isn’t the case. As we approach Christmas, it is important to reflect on our role in the GBR’s demise and our contribution. To this end I want to introduce the term “unjugawa”, which stands for unnecessary, junk, garbage and waste. Many of the things we do and buy this Christmas will fall into the category of “unjugawa”. Cheap, plastic toys, products with excess packaging, too many Christmas lights, junk that will be thrown out in a year’s time, fashion accessories that will go out of style, ornaments we could live without, gadgets that will never be used and food that we could do without. There are many more. Let’s eliminate unjugawa from our lives and help save the planet or, as Mahatma Gandhi said, let’s live more simply so that others can simply live. Tom Orren Wamberal Heights

Lowe’s Claytons apology

Greens senator Nick McKim is quoted as saying “Dr Lowe has apologised appropriately” (“RBA Governor apologises for his interest rate comments”, November 29). Certain economists have also commented that Philip Lowe’s predictions were appropriate at the time. This is obviously incorrect on both counts. A careful reading of Lowe’s statement clearly shows that he is at least partly attributing the blame to the public for not understanding his message. He focuses on the fact that interest rate are heavily dependent on economic conditions.
Claytons’s apology must be seen as an attempt to cover up misreading of the economic situation. Harry Polley Dural

I was interested in Lowe’s apology because it implied that people should not listen to the RBA. Does that include the government? Perhaps he believes that no one should listen to them. If so, why are we still needing them? Ed Gaykema, Kiama

Libs’ women problem not going away


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NSW Upper House MP Natalie Ward had lost her bid for preselection to a safe seat (“Liberal minister Ward loses battle for preselection in safe Sydney seat”, November 29). She This is the most senior Liberal female MP who seeks to increase the number of female members in the lower house. The preferred candidate is a male former political staffer, a classic “jobs for the boys” hustle. It is hard to believe that the Perrottet government has not learned anything from the destruction of the Liberal brand at the Federal and State (Victorian), levels. Read our lips! Liberals have a problem in the eyes of women. Voters will not let this go. Catherine Brookes Manly

These days one has to wonder, how safe is a “safe seat”, let alone an “ultra-safe seat”? Lynn Rattray, West Pennant Hills

Pocock’s clear understanding

Thank you, David Pocock and your staff, for tirelessly working through the proposed IR legislation and reaching a reasonable agreement with the government (“Pickets to pansies: unions’ floral tributes to Pocock”, November 29). Pocock clearly explains why he supports the amended bill in his article. These reasons are solid and reasonable. They show that Pocock has a deep understanding of the requirements of workers, families, and businesses, particularly small businesses and independent contractors. Pocock is our representative in parliament. Alfredo Bustos-Ramirez, Mosman

A new broom to make a country beautiful

It’s so refreshing to witness the election of Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister in Malaysia. He brings with him the hope of a new broom to wipe out corruption (“PM declines salary and luxury car”, November 29). While I spent some time in this country, the corruption and distrust of government institutions has made it difficult for me to trust them. Let’s hope this new broom can bring change and a fresh outlook to a jaded and cynical people with no trust in government. Let us remember, Australia, the slippery slope that has eroded trust and social institutions has a negative impact on all. Frank Gasparre and Wilberforce

Is anyone a ‘noctor’?

Like Dr Peter Cheng I am also a doctor and a pharmacist. While I don’t agree with his suggestion that doctors could do their own dispensing, such a dual role would see an end to that old problem of the chemist, grappling with a prescription bemoaning, “I can’t read this writing, I’ll have to call the doctor” (“As a pharmacist turned GP, I don’t trust ‘noctors”’, November 29). Ross MacPherson Seaforth

Revenge on the knees

Like many Australians, I only follow soccer during the off-season. World Cup (“Golden regeneration”, November 29). However, I do have deep concerns re the celebratory habit of the player’s “knee slide” to capture their big scoring moment.
I wish them the best in their later years as their knee joints take their revenge. Tony Denzel, Bonny Hills

Freeway cycling is dangerous

Are we the only country in the world stupid enough to consider having cycleways on freeway style roads (“$1.2 billion Warringah Freeway upgrade fails to include cycleways”, November 29). It is dangerous and totally inappropriate. Michael Lane, St Ives

A premier description

Hey Les, how about “dashing Dom, and minnow Minns?” (Letters, November 29). Rosemary O’Brien, Ashfield

The digital view

One of the stories that received the most reader feedback yesterday was available online at
‘Appalling neglect’ of boys in care sparks call for urgent meeting
From Gds Gds: ″⁣Outsourcing these services is unconscionable. This is a service provided by the government and should be provided. We see time and again how outsourcing fails, and the innocent suffer. It’s time to say ‘enough’ on these failed experiments.″⁣

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