Once great museum is destroyed

If we’re looking for a senior statesman to represent Australia, we couldn’t go further than Senator Patrick Dodson. A statesman for us all. Joy Paterson, Mount Annan

marine look

Your correspondent (Letters, September 23) seems to have overlooked the fact that not all the marines who carried the gun carriage at Her Majesty’s funeral were men; not that I dispute his math. Women also pull their weight in the services. Jennifer Briggs, Kilaben Bay

If the British royal family really wanted to be known for their commitment to the environment, then an alternative to a 300kg coffin could have made a big state statement. Cornelius van der Weyden, Balmain East

Royal Navy sailors walk in front of and behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

Royal Navy sailors walk in front of and behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth IIRecognition:Paul Ellis/AP

Has anyone checked how many of these republican proposals come from monarchists just trying to confuse republicans? Jock Brodie, Port Macquarie

The death of a king or queen leads to one-off events such as Thursday’s public holiday. How about we commemorate the change of monarch by releasing all those in immigration detention and giving them work visas? Lesley McBurney, Wavell Heights (Qld)

What a shame that the time, money and preparations expended on honoring the dead are all taking place after the event – unbeknownst to those directly affected. Personally, I would far prefer that all tributes be paid and shown face-to-face – not face-up when lying in a coffin or being buried. Edward Loong, Milson’s Point

Abolish construction taxes to make housing affordable

Everyone is right when they say affordable housing is a problem (Letters, September 23), but no one offers a solution. The problem is not with the developers who deliver the built product, but with the supply chain and the cost of new homes. It can take years to get permits from local councils, and then they can take years to build. The cost of new homes is about 40 percent tax, and then there are holding costs and rising interest rates. Forgoing incentives like negative gearing will only reduce investor supply and put further pressure on rents. Housing is the most heavily taxed commodity, my proposal is to abolish all taxes on housing so it can be produced at cost plus margin. But I can’t imagine that happening and until it happens the problem will remain. Peter Icklow, Pymble

Since Labor unsuccessfully tried to address the issue of an unfair advantage for investors in 2019, we have had near-insanely low interest rates that have sent property values ​​into the stratosphere. Rents have also skyrocketed due to housing shortages and the financial impact on landlords from rising expenses like insurance and installments, rising mortgage payments, and predatory state property taxes. To add fuel to the fire, the government intends to attract hundreds of thousands of temporary and permanent migrants each year, all in need of shelter. The only solution seems to be to significantly increase the supply of cheaper housing, but preferably close to public transport and services. State governments and councils should carefully consider any potential option to repurpose residential areas for higher density housing. Geoff Harding, Chatswood

After World War II ended, rents were high and building materials could not be bought for love or money, so my mother converted part of her house into a small apartment so that my sister and her fiancé, who had returned as a soldier, could get married could. Mom and my sister were both quarrelsome women, so there were some problems, but at least the young couple was able to start married life. Has it come to that again? Will young couples be forced to live with their parents to save for a home? Have we gone back to the 1940s? Coral Knob, North Epping

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Recognition:John Shakespeare

As someone who currently has tenants in the house I will be living in when I retire, may I offer a different perspective? During the first COVID lockdown I reduced the rent and left it there, resisting my agent’s suggestions to do otherwise. Some owners are fair and reasonable. I like to think of myself as a responsive and responsible ‘landlady’, providing a family with safe, decent and well-maintained accommodation when they need it and for as long as I am able. Meredith Williams, Northmead

With the need for tight fiscal restraint and a streak of rising interest rates, could there be a better time to end fresh concessions on negative leverage? Trevor Taylor, Port Macquarie

As usual

Her correspondent (Letters, 23 September) looked at the “harmful economic impact of yesterday’s bank holiday” in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. I’m sure the retailers and cafe owners in my local big mall haven’t been crying about their losses – the place was packed with families enjoying a day of retail therapy and food. There was no acknowledgment of the Queen’s 70-year service with a silent break at 11am. It passed the crowd without notice.Christine Tiley, Albany Creek (Qld)

If King Charles comes to visit, can we have a national holiday? Or maybe we could have one every time a member of the nobility, major or minor, dies? Say counts and above? Yesterday’s vacation was really good. It was marred only by a garbled request for a minute’s silence at my local supermarket at 10.58am. Nobody in my area has stopped shopping. We had too much fun. David Neilson, finch (NT)

Fine floodwater fools

With another summer on the horizon in La Nina, the inevitable warnings about not driving through flood water are just as surely being ignored. We have long had Total Fire Bans to reduce the risk of bushfires. Surely it’s time to introduce fines for those who endanger their lives and the lives of the SES and the police by continuing to ignore flood water driving warnings? We have heard these warnings countless times and those who continue to do so are either selfish or stupid. Hopefully, fines of over $5000 or paying for their rescue will change behavior. I’m sure our emergency services have better things to do. Matt Horne, Forester

pomp it up

Years ago, the Herald held an event at the Opera House within pastoral reach for its correspondents (Letters, September 23). Attendees included Con Vaitsas, Edward Loong and Vicky Marquis. King Charles III has the good taste to celebrate my daughter’s birthday on November 14th. Both ceremonies are duly celebrated with equal pomp and pomp. Mike Fogarty, Weston (ACT)

Choose humanity

Mark Dreyfus has the opportunity to profile the Albanian government as a thoughtful, caring and considerate government in stark contrast to its predecessor by delivering a groundbreaking outcome for Darko Desic and his supporters (“Freed Dougie: Friends Gather to Help Detained Refugee save”, 23.09.). Separate your decision from politics and decide based on facts, compassion and the will of the people. Bob Cameron, Coffs Harbor


There has been much discussion (Letters, 23 September) about the possibility of cutting ties with (not-so-great) Britain after the Queen’s death and suggestions as to what title the nominee will hold. One name that gets overlooked is Head of Country. It gives honor and recognition to our indigenous sisters and brothers and right the wrongs of history. My nomination would be Adam Goodes, a man of dignity and an outstanding role model for all. Llieda Wild, Eastwood

Take The Wizard of Oz, or maybe The Big Banksia Man (I exclude the “bad”). Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

top guy. Or when the other side gets in, Top Sheila. Brian Everingham, Engadine

It is clear: head of state should be Old Mate. Philip Jirman, Wallabi Point

Certainly it is BOSS (Bloody Outstanding Supervisor Sort). George Zivkovic, Northmead

I’m sure our rich and euphonious indigenous languages ​​can provide an appropriate term. Andrew Taubman, Queens Park

Boss Snooty. Michael Pursche, Gordon


The Queen was again heavily on the pages of letters this week as we worked our way through the funeral and the discussions that followed. The funeral was either a beautiful and wonderful thing or a terrible waste of time and money, although opinion was generally favourable. The ″⁣Pro″⁣ letter writers were impressed by the outfits, the jewels, the horses, all the pomp and endurance of the royal marchers. They worried about the health and welfare of the young sailors who drew the gun carriages and the pallbearers. The ″⁣con″⁣ writers disapproved of the whole box and dice, from start to finish through the endless postmortems, preferring to turn off the TV and do something useful instead.
The talk about the Queen led nicely to further reflections on a possible Australian republic. Opinion here was in favor of a republic, although this week’s poll showed falling support for a republic, with few people fiercely supporting the monarchy. The writers then turned to a lively discussion of what a new head of state might be called. Opinions range from ″⁣President″⁣ (really unpopular, as it turned out) to purely Australian titles like ″⁣The Ringer″⁣ or ″⁣The Boss Cocky″⁣. Does it really make sense to hold a referendum on this? That herald Letter writers seem to have solved it, along with so many other problems in life.
Other than that, there were ongoing housing issues for prospective owners and tenants, the privatization of Sydney’s buses, taxation (up or down?), whether more places should be named after a royal and, again, who or what one should bet on new banknotes with the change of monarch.
Harriet Veitch, Acting Editor

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