It is a determined authorities who has proven it is going to go to any lengths to remain in energy so we will look ahead to an enormous scare marketing campaign over the approaching weeks and it will not be fairly. – Max Redmayne, Russell Lea
If a ship with asylum seekers seems on the horizon, it will not be due to the latest laws, however relatively the hysterical rhetoric of the federal authorities.
The PM and his cohorts have been trumpeting via the media the concept that laws limiting the power of asylum seekers to achieve Australia has been weakened. And this message is being broadcast internationally. The federal government has proven no actual concern for the nice of the nation. – Gary Mulley, Collaroy Plateau
What has appalled me probably the most about the entire political debate over the boats is the Liberal Celebration’s demonisation of refugees.
Regardless of the deserves of assorted insurance policies on how you can flip again boats, we should do not forget that the overwhelming majority of those individuals are respectable people looking for a greater life for themselves and their households, fleeing from nations ravaged by struggle and having misplaced their houses and their livelihoods. – Phil Peak, Dubbo
It is feared modifications to frame coverage will result in extra drownings. But it’s acceptable for refugees to be left to rot in offshore detention centres as a deterrent to others. That is onerous to reconcile.
Maybe, for some, concern for drowning refugees is extra handy than compassionate. – James Buckman, Enmore
Your correspondent suggests heads ought to cling in disgrace over feared deaths after the invoice (Letters, February 15).
Whose heads are to hold in disgrace over the deaths in our detention centres? Or over any attainable deaths of these whose claims for asylum have been denied and who didn’t survive their returns “dwelling”? All of us share that disgrace. – Gerard English, Waverton
In case you have puzzled how low Australian politics can get, methinks the following few months will present us the bottom of the low. – Ray Moore, Fortress Hill
Message to the PM: Scouring the seashores. No boats but. Protecting my eyes peeled. I’m alert, however you might be alarming. – John Rome, Mount Lawley
Finish the patrionising tokenism
It could be a a lot better thought if, as a substitute of getting brilliant concepts in a vacuum, Prime Minister Scott Morrison really established a severe, everlasting session course of with Indigenous Australians (“Response to closing the hole assertion blended”, February 15).
If he is to realize any actual credibility with the Indigenous neighborhood, recognising the Uluru Assertion from the Coronary heart can be an excellent place to begin. In any other case he is simply dealing in patronising tokenism. – Bruce Hulbert, Lilyfield
The LNP and ALP see the Indigenous individuals as an issue to be solved, and undoubtedly not a useful resource for studying.
However an rising variety of Australians are coming to the understanding that the presence and historical past of Indigenous individuals is a priceless pearl of knowledge in our fashionable life.
One of many nice classes I take from First Nations individuals’s knowledge is the significance of affected person ready. They’ve waited 1000’s of years and are nonetheless ready. There’s nice non secular energy on this ready. In our stampede for rapid gratification, absolutely this instance of robust persistence is a pearl of nice worth. – Michael Kennedy, West Pymble
Your correspondent does not perceive that, even when Indigenous Australians got constitutional recognition, and actual political energy, relatively than advisory energy, this may not essentially “shut the hole” (Letters, February 15).
The actual drawback will not be political. It’s incompetent administration and cultural corruption within the supply of presidency companies.
If governments actually needed to “shut the hole”, they may begin by paying to maintain skilled public servants in Aboriginal cities and settlements. – Geoff Black, Caves Seashore
Quite than figuring out to lift our efforts in an effort to obtain higher ends in Closing the Hole our unintentional PM suggests we decrease our expectations. Effectively, you realize, aspiration was so final 12 months (“PM should take heed to Indigenous individuals”, February 15) – Meredith Williams, Dee Why
Palmer strikes chord
Nick Andrews, if Clive Palmer is finally elected to Parliament, there is just one chance for his theme track: Idiot on the Hill (Letters, February 15). – Stephen Driscoll, Fortress Hill
Code pink in White Home
As reported, Malcolm Turnbull has been busily typing away on a manuscript that might be “much less snark, and extra laughs” (“Pyning for Malcolm’s political web page turner”, February 15).
If this eagerly awaited tome is to actually mirror his late life foray into politics, it might arrive with excessive expectations, adopted by crushing disappointment. – Invoice Younger, Greenwich
Two technicians have been engaged on a type of phone connection pillars on the street. Their shirts displayed the NBN insignia. I stated, “Ah, Nationwide Bloody Nightmare”, and so they replied, “too proper”. It says all of it actually. – Invoice Johnstone, Blackheath
One Nation a three-ring circus
Weirder behaviour from the three-ring circus that passes because the One Nation social gathering (“Senate bans Ashby, Burston admits to smearing blood”, February 15).
Little doubt if elected Mark Latham will convey his pugilist expertise and add to the chaos. – Paul Duncan, Leura
There are stories of a gang of right-wing politicians roaming the halls of Parliament Home. The place is Peter Dutton once you want him? – John Truman, St Leonards
One Nation: the (cleaning soap) opera!. It has all the pieces – intercourse, violence, denial, and a solid of madcap characters. Do not miss the following episode. – Bob Man, Cootamundra
Our flesh pressers haven’t executed sufficient to make Canberra the epicentre of dangerous behaviour . Fortunately Burston, Hanson and James Ashby have rushed in to assist. – Russell Murphy, Bayview
Household belief rorts
We are able to add to Kristina Keneally’s record all of the high-income earners who via their household belief make use of their associate and kids (typically not but adults) to offer “admin companies” and unsurprisingly pay them slightly below the minimal tax threshold (Letters, February 15).
One associate and two youngsters equates to roughly $54,000 that goes straight into this already well-off household, with none tax being paid on it.
This high-income earner additionally doubtless attends a enterprise seminar in Aspen, Colorado, at Christmas. The agenda consisting of minimal content material and most free time. Then tack on a second week of snowboarding, take the household to share within the lodging in any other case far too giant for one, and he/she converts airfare and far of the lodging, sustenance and sundries into tax deductions as a substitute of private expenditure.
If solely the common PAYE employee actually knew how they’re being exploited. – Howard Charles, Annandale
Bravo for highlighting the inequity of rich households utilizing trusts to minimise their tax.
As a now retired Child Boomer – who like most different youngsters of the ’50s and ’60s loved free schooling and a prepared provide of excellent jobs throughout my working years – I’m appalled on the sheer greed of (largely) this identical era, not simply in Australia however all through the developed world.
In reality, I’d enterprise to recommend that greed is the No..hs1number one “crime” (or maybe, sin) over the previous 20 or 30 years.
I personal no “funding properties”; nor do I’ve a household belief. I’m very happy to go on my success to the following era by paying an inexpensive price of tax till the day I die. – Martyn Yeomans, Sapphire Seashore
I feel Kristina Keneally must do a bit extra homework on household trusts. No skilled will be paid for companies supplied by way of direct funds to a discretionary belief that they management, it is unlawful.
Household trusts usually accumulate their revenue via investments that they maintain which, if they do not distribute to beneficiaries earlier than the tip of the 12 months, will find yourself having to pay tax of 47 cents within the greenback on, together with the Medicare levy.
I’m towards these tax minimisation preparations which have been in place for many years and which neither her social gathering or the LNP have chosen to do something about. It’s a very sophisticated space of tax legislation that’s going to take some fixing nevertheless it sounds as if Keneally has made a begin and hopefully will see it via, although it is going to most likely upset a few of the preparations of her fellow parliamentarians and a few ex-parliamentarians. – Frank Adshead, Mona Vale
Even when a belief is distributing $30,000 to every mum or dad that mum or dad is not going to qualify for the Centrelink pension. The pension saved might be about $14,000, the general tax misplaced might be round $11,000. The nation could also be higher off. – George Lawrence, Bowral
Swap stadiums for housing
Cease the stadiums and construct reasonably priced housing as a substitute. Easy (“Each MP needs to be ashamed – I’m”, February 15). – Eddy Chan, Chatswood
Each bit helps
The elevated advantages will go a way in offsetting the potential lack of my comparatively small franking credit score rebate (“A query of seniority: Premier’s pitch to older voters”, February 15). – Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook
Your correspondent thinks its excessive time Julian Assange was introduced again to Australia and lots of would agree along with her (Letters, February 15). Sadly for him, he does not play soccer and as a consequence nothing will occur. – William Franken, Rose Bay
The Prime Minister has stopped the boats and now a cell phone station (“PM pulls plug on telephone station”, February 15).
Wow, I am impressed. It took a few courtroom instances for our council and neighborhood to cease one in our park.
I’d additionally like to attract the reader’s consideration to the Telstra spokesman’s deceptive use of the time period “low affect”. The time period doesn’t check with the extent of electromagnetic radiation however merely to the visible affect of the telephone station, as set down in laws. – Anne Wagstaff, Oatley
The European Honey Bee, has a detrimental impact on the variety of wildlife in Australia (“B&Bs for bees: the bid to save lots of Sydney’s pollinators”, February 14).
It out-competes our native pollinators and it aggressively takes the nesting habitat from Australian animals. Its desire for launched vegetation permits weeds to provide a excessive set seed, out-competing Australian native vegetation for house and water.
The European Honey Bee needs to be monitored and restricted solely to business horticultural areas, in any other case like different feral animals they need to be managed. Australian native bees, pygmy possums and different natives might be grateful. – Brian Sonsie, West Ryde
It seems this phrase dialogue has turn out to be “a factor”. In reality, “an entire ‘nother factor” (Letters, February 15). – David Baird, Burradoo
If it doesn’t “tick all of the bins” is it “up fa grabs”? – Mal Hardie, Fortress Hill
We not have issues, simply “points”. – Margaret Eley, Newcastle
The place did “double down” emerge from? – Gillian Appleton, Paddington
I wish to cease being known as “buddy”, relatively than “mate”. – Gary Frances, Bexley
This was at all times going to be an train in subjectivity: “unhappy”. (Letters, February 15). – Alicia Dawson, Balmain
“Not my first rodeo”. I needed to search for what it meant. – Angela Miller, Bondi Junction
“So, in regard to that matter, the stakeholders might be having that dialog in an effort to defend our model going ahead.” – David Lloyd, Kincumber
The phrase “stakeholder” creates the picture of a defeated vampire. – Ulla Monaghan, Tomerong
We have seen the demise of “twice” and “two instances” is the vogue. – Margaret Grove, Abbotsford
“Sufficient”. – Michael Deeth, Como West
Most of those annoying phrases have been round for yonks. Anyway, we’re solely in February, and the phrase of the 12 months has most likely not even been uttered but. – John Christie, Oatley
“The letters web page is affected by infinite views on the tax or monetary methods,” complained Michael Blissenden, of Dural, on Monday. “The place is the controversy on the refugee invoice about to return earlier than Parliament? A tragic reflection of our priorities.” Effectively, we did like the concept of Russell Stevens, of Jannali: “Paul Keating (1987) and Peter Costello (2000) please have a gathering and assist clear up this franking credit brouhaha.”
In the meantime, Michael did not have lengthy to attend. Whereas a smattering of contributors warned that Labor and the independents face a harsh accounting if the boats resume, a lot of the tons of of letters applauded the passing of the medevac invoice, whereas scorning the federal government’s response. Many contributors made the purpose that the invoice solely made it as a result of arch boat-stopper Dutton’s putsch towards Turnbull led to Phelps taking Wentworth. One thing to do with the flapping of a hummingbird’s wings …
A valentine to 2 writers who took us away from the every day shouting match. “There’s nothing like an early morning cuppa and studying the Herald, beginning with Information Evaluation, the Letters web page and all my favorite journalists,” wrote Margaret Anne Hanley, whose affiliation with us started along with her father, a rural newsagent who would rise at 5am to satisfy the papers on the practice.
And a far too modest “feminine octogenarian, of very restricted [political] information”, Leigh Allen, of Hawks Nest: “I learn the letters to the editor with non secular regularity and I really feel (purely subjective I admit) that the overwhelming majority of the neighborhood would like a good and simply society (extra equitable), a house the place human beings are of worth, and an surroundings that counts.”
Mark Sawyer, Letters co-editor