Going to extremes brings trouble

It is encouraging to have a PM who seems to have heeded honest warnings. I welcome his revised decision to debate the understanding of an indigenous voice in Parliament before the referendum and to base the parliamentary deliberations on the excellent research of Marcia Langton and Tom Calma (“Albanese flags change on how Voice evolution”, 4 August). The optimist in me looks forward to a future that enduringly celebrates the importance and uniqueness of our indigenous cultural heritage. Anne Garvan, Chatswood West

While political bipartisan support for the referendum would be good, the critical vote is a choice of citizens, not politicians. Apart from the hopefully small number of die-hard coalition supporters, it doesn’t matter whether the coalition politicians are supportive or not.
All the details that require legislation are influenced by politicians, but if the coalition plays spoilers after a crucial popular vote, it will definitely be placed on the wrong side of history. Bruce ValentineOrange

Ayres on the G string

The highlight of Ayres: the Musical (Letters, August 5) will undoubtedly be the rendition of Send in the Clowns, with the accompanying line: “Send the clowns in, don’t worry, they’re here.” Alan Marel, North Curl Curl

My suggestion for the Ayres musical is The Beatles’ Yesterdaywith the line “⁣Yesterday all my problems seemed so far away″⁣. Chris Gilchrist, Margate (Qld)

Ayres: The Musical would be impossible to cast as the members would have to sing in harmony.
John Bailey, Canterbury

Decision pending …

I am appalled by the plans for the Powerhouse Museum (Letters, August 5). However, I take comfort in the knowledge that as an election approaches, they may never come to fruition. Margaret Grove, Abbotsford

EPL roller coaster

High spirits, excitement, despair and agony begin today – the English Premier League. Mustafa Erem, Terrigal

Risks of Republicanism

Australia must exercise caution in its desire to distance itself from the House of Windsor. If leaving the Commonwealth doesn’t qualify us for the Commonwealth Games, how can we feed our nationalistic sporting egos? Bill Young, Killcare Heights

Advancing times make life easier for credit intermediaries

As a single woman with a distinguished career in the 1970s, I could not get a home loan without a male sponsor (Letters, August 5). This prevented women from becoming financially secure and dependent on fathers or husbands. This lack of financial security is reflected in the poverty statistics of older women. Luckily times have changed. Any lending institution will confirm that women are excellent real estate investors and reliable borrowers. Christina Foo, North Wahroonga

In 1976, my wife-to-be, a newly qualified doctor, went to the local Commonwealth Bank and asked for a $3,000 loan to buy a used car so she could drive to work. I was still a medical student. The loan officer denied her application because she was a woman, then turned to me and said, “But I can give you a loan, you’re a man.” Peter Craig, Dulwich Hill

The archaic attitude of our big banks towards female borrowers was real. As a young bank executive in the Wild West more than 40 years ago, I fought against the central office’s decision to reject a strong loan application from an unmarried woman to purchase property. I rearranged the loan to qualify under my own authority and made it available to the client. Reporting processes uncovered this action and I made a fool like no other.
Brian Jones, Leura

Don’t let her correspondent get too upset that bank sexism was temporarily hampering her property ambitions. Our supposedly “foolproof contraceptive measures” kept us content with humble abode until the “consequences” left home decades later. Col Burns, Lugarno

Her correspondent was lucky to have a husband. In 1975, as a divorced woman, I was fortunate to find a building society that would give me a mortgage—banks would not mortgage single women, regardless of our income. Pamela Kerr, Moonta Bay (SA)

Bad attitude towards the climate

Yes, Labor can now point to its climate change pledge as ‘done’ (‘Thunder dies down but storm lingers’, 5 August), but I find his stance smug, bordering on apathetic towards the Greens and Independents, who rightly so above all, calling for better things to happen in terms of replacing gas and fossil fuel projects with job-creating renewable energy. Adam Bandt’s 75 percent goal is scientifically sound. It is important to curb global warming that threatens civilized life and species survival. Albanese may claim the climate wars are over, but in a spirit of cooperation, not complacent politics, he should commit to stepping off the ALP’s inadequate ‘ground’ and living up to expectations of doing more and acting quickly. Ron Sinclair, Windradyne

emission impossible

Your correspondent is correct in listing the enormous problems facing the Albanian government and the high costs involved in solving them (Letters, August 5). But to suggest that the situation would worsen if the Greens’ demands for a 75 percent reduction in emissions were met is beside the point. If we don’t raise the goal and help persuade the rest of the world to follow suit, the resulting financial, human, and planetary costs will make these problems seem like a walk in the park (except that there won’t be any parks ). also left). Eric Hunter, Chef (ACT)

Ad enough of gambling

So much for the “Gamble Responsibly” slogan, as billions of slots have been lost (“Slots ‘Drain’ Billions from Low-Income Communities,” August 5). It takes more than one catchphrase to reduce the insidious gambling addiction that causes countless serious problems. Just as advertising for cigarettes is banned on TV, so should gambling certainly be. With Vaitsas, Ashbury

Sargeant Major

Glenn Sargeant’s work as a teacher was outstanding because he genuinely cared about his students so that they could reach their full potential despite the circumstances in which they found themselves (“Visionary keep teen mums at school,” August 5). Vale, Glenn Sargeant. Josephine Piper, Miranda

Glen Sargeant.

Glen Sargeant.Recognition:Jacky Ghossein

I was disappointed to read that Glenn Sergeant’s program for new mothers was canceled by the Department of Education after his retirement. However, it is currently being emulated in other states and the UK. The Ministry of Education is out of touch with the community it serves. How could this program that offers opportunities to young women “marginalize” the community? Pam Ayling, West Pennant Hills

Go to Gould

Shane Gould

Shane GouldRecognition:Geoff Bull

Emma McKeon is an excellent and all-round sprint swimmer, but we have to be careful with the tag “greatest of all time”. At her only Olympics in 1972, Shane Gould won three gold medals, all in world record times. She also won silver and bronze medals at these games. If there had been 50m events and a 4 x 200m relay in 1972, their medal tally would probably have been even more impressive. It’s easy to forget that in 1971/72 she simultaneously held the world record for any freestyle distance from 100m to 1500m and the world record for the 200m individual medley. Comparing athletes from different eras is a questionable exercise, but when we’re talking about the greatest of all time, Gould’s name certainly deserves a mention.
Colonel Nicholson, Hawk’s Nest

Johnny be good

Australia has produced some great boxers including Les Darcy, Jimmy Carruthers and Lionel Rose. But none better than Johnny Famechon (‴⁣⁣A special human’: Fenech Pays Emotional Tribute to Famechon,” August 5). Vale a great fighter and a wonderful human being. Jerry Stiel, Lilyfield

Stick your necks out

These ties (letters, August 5), which prevent the blood from oxygenating the brain, may be at the root of all the disrespectful behavior and impaired judgment observed during parliamentary sessions; Not to mention that the longer these men stay in office, the necks get noticeably plumper. The sooner we free these necks, the brighter this country’s future will be. Cristina Corleto, Stanmore

Anton Albanese

Anton AlbaneseRecognition:Tamati Smith/Getty Images

A male MP can’t dress his ubiquitous blue suit in rainbow stripes or whatever he likes. His only means of betraying a mood or protest is the color of his tie. Jean Williamson, Wollstonecraft

Why would any sane politician want to start their day with a noose around their neck? Paul Sutcliffe, Fern Bay

It wasn’t all that long ago that male guests in clubs were required to wear a tie and I usually came with one in my pocket to put on if requested. Don Leayr, Albury

A few weeks ago I wrote to herald Congratulations to our Prime Minister for hosting a press conference without a tie. Is there a call now for a broader deliverance from this yoke of bondage that has so many men at their throats? Meredith Williams, Northmead


The first major discussion this week was the vote of Parliament and the associated possible constitutional amendment. It went back and forth all week as the writers considered every aspect of what should be done, how it should be done, and how quickly it can be done. In general, writers are for change, but most agree that more detail is needed before anyone wants a referendum – for or against, nobody wants to vote for a pig in a poke.
Archie Roach was mourned, and many writers remembered his work and their reactions to it, and others asked people to vote for the voice in his memory. Opinions were more mixed about new Senator Lidia Thorpe and her version of the parliamentary oath.
Continuing with last week’s Manly shirts, the discussion was about gambling as advertised on the shirts. The authors agreed (unusually on the pages of the letters) – gambling is not a good thing and betting ads should go the way of cigarette ads.
Writers also support teachers in their fight for better pay and conditions, and oppose the idea of ​​prepackaged, unified classes offered by the Department of Education.
The last big discussion was about pork, politicians on the way out, whether the government can be bailed out, and whether ordinary people can qualify for lucrative foreign posts.
On the lighter side of the week, we found out what Pickleball is, figured out what to do with statues of people who aren’t PCs now, suggested songs for a musical based on the Stuart Ayres saga, and gave congratulations Anthony Albanese on his sensible hat. never say that herald Letter writers have narrow interests.
Harriet Veitch, Acting Editor

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