Fixing electoral mandates will end a ridiculous guessing game

Please give us a vision on the environment, equity

Peter Hartcher is giving Labor a fighting chance in the election (“Albanese’s chief aide: Morrison”, April 9), mainly based on the idea that the Coalition, and Scott Morrison in particular, have “failed” while Labor offered a small target. That may be the case, but are the electorate simply looking for the “least worst” option? Anyone with a constructive message on climate, renewable energy and integrity in government and other institutions deserves our attention. Enter Albo. Surely, a program that attempts to address areas that are fundamental to environmental existence and a fair and just society must count for something. Marie Del Monte, Ashfield

Peter Hartcher focuses on Morrison’s failures, but neglects to mention the Coalition’s failures over the past 10 years. The Coalition has done little to improve the lives of most Australians, has destroyed the environment, made education unaffordable, enriched itself and the rich and entrenched inequality in our society. Homelessness and poverty are out of control, as are the cost of living and the price of housing. The biggest failure of the last decade is not Morrison, it is the lack of leadership and vision for Australia’s future by the party he leads. Tony Heathwood, Kiama Downs

I am extremely concerned that none of the major parties are emphasizing hospitals. After spending eight hours Friday in the emergency room of the Blue Mountains hospital in Katoomba, I see the need. A hospital without a doctor: All diagnoses must be referred to the Nepean hospital, and it takes about three hours to get a response. The staff, although desperately overwhelmed, are very courteous, kind and efficient. The hospital is 100 years old and looks like it, but it serves a huge area and population. It’s probably not as bad as some others in outlying areas. We need to address this crisis urgently. Yvonne Hazell, Bay Neutral

There is no chance that the Murugappan family will be allowed to return to Biloela, until a week before the election. Ian FalconerTurramurra

I don’t want to see Scott Morrison pretend he’s a champion of democracy. Someone who forces 12 plane trips to head office is the opposite. The popular concept that party branches vote and select their representatives is the basis of our democracy. Eric Sekula, Turramurra

I thought we’d have to wait for the election results to see Craig Kelly with an egg on his face (“UAP leader Kelly barbecued egg for supporters,” April 9). Peter Miniutti, Ashbury

Arts Donors Forget Rock’s Lifeline

What a fascinating insight into the world of philanthropists who donate money to the arts (“Secrets of Giving,” April 9). Most of these people are multimillionaires, with a few billionaires, who want to support the various cultural institutions that present everything from opera to dance to theater. However, there was one glaring omission which is by far the most popular art form: rock music. The article actually highlighted the snobbery and elitism that many of our wealthy seem to possess due to the kind of art they give their money to. Why aren’t any of them helping the live music scene which has seen thousands of people unable to work since the COVID outbreak began? Con Vaitsas, Ashbury

Thanks, Herald, for highlighting the importance of art and art funding, especially in times of bushfires, COVID, floods and war. Art heals, challenges and unites in uncertain times, but our current government continues to cut funding, forcing more and more citizens to come to the rescue. Thank you also for emphasizing that “relationships matter”, a truth we have experienced first hand here in the Rivers of the North, where hundreds of people have been rescued and saved by neighbors, volunteers and strangers – none Money never changed hands, yet our survival depended on it. This includes the Lismore Regional Gallery, honorably mentioned by Clare Ainsworth Herschell, its first-floor salvage area full of flood-devastated artwork. Where are our Sydney philanthropists and Byron Bay vacationers with their millions and their love of the arts? We would love to see your money help restore art, beauty and life to a city that has lost so much – but not its inclusiveness, generosity and indomitable spirit of resistance. It’s a city where most people give far more than millions – with little money in their pockets, they give of their time. Ulf Steinvorth, Dunon

gift of human kindness

I am a Disaster Recovery Chaplain (“Those Who Save Souls in Disasters,” smh.com.au, April 9). On a recent deployment to Northern Rivers, like so many others, I was surprised when the skies opened up overnight. Prevented by another flood of floodwater and landslides from reaching the reopened evacuation centers by car, I walked around the neighborhood. I stood in the rain talking with ADF personnel on roadblock duty, waited for a coffee behind a paramedic buying breakfast, saw a rescue team refuel gas and snacks at the local servo, watched police officers chat with drivers while directing traffic away from flooded streets, helped a resident retrieve trash cans and drag them to higher ground, and heard a man singing happy songs around the corner from the pub, surrounded by water. In all of this, although frustrated by my inability under the circumstances, I felt immensely privileged to be part of a complex, multi-faceted yet very human response to overwhelming tragedy. The news media will primarily present a dramatic, high-level account of events and recovery efforts. Out of sight are ordinary people with their myriads of heartfelt actions and selfless contributions, given in and out of everyday life. Reverend Meredith William, Northmead

Watch out for ramifications

The City of Sydney’s plan to renew Castlereagh Street with trees, bike lanes and al fresco dining is noble, but it comes with risks (“Bike lane and al fresco dining: CBD plans revealed”, April 9 ). Ironically, tightly planted trees elsewhere in the city are now having an impact similar to the wrecking balls of developers in the 1960s and 1970s: erasing streetscapes and heritage vistas forever. Not too long ago you could walk north down Pitt Street and get a great view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge at the end. The trees have now erased that visual link between a large icon and the city itself. By all means, green the city. But think wisely about which trees, how many, and where they go first. Robert Milliken, Rushcutters Bay

top secret code breaker

In Rachel Noble’s article on the organization (“Chief spy got work experience as a barefoot 10-year-old girl,” April 9), I was surprised he didn’t There is no reference to its predecessors, the Australian Central Bureau, our secret and successful code breakers. during WWII. My aunt was a member of a section known as ‘Garage Girls’, who worked at the back of Nyrambla, a house in Brisbane. I attended his funeral in 2018 and his wartime commander, Helen Kenny, was one of the honored guests. Her family knew nothing of Aunt Madge’s “real work” until 50 years after the war, and much like Noble, she loved sewing, knitting and needlework. Eoin Johnston, Alstonville

It’s time to take concrete action for the climate

Thank you for reminding readers that climate change policy is one of the most crucial issues facing voters in the upcoming election, and for saying that the Herald will not allow this issue to be brushed aside. under the rug (“Why Sydney’s bad weather is a problem for the election”, April 9). Australian voters will finally have the opportunity to send a strong message to the Coalition, to trivialize the climate problem with a piece of coal in parliament, to obstruct real climate action and, above all, to gamble on the future of our children and grandchildren with a recovery plan based on gas (i.e. fossil fuels ) meaningless. Rob Firth, Cremorne Point

Sunny side up

Hello Sunshine. This year, I discovered that I like sunny days more than chocolate. People everywhere have momentum and smiles to share. Bea Hodgson, Gerringong

Top marks

Your correspondent’s math teacher may not have liked his clever pun on the “tangent” (Letters, April 9), but if I had been his English teacher at the time, I would would have given a gold star. Kerrie Wehbe, Blacktown

prefix prefix

David Astle pinpointed unnecessary words at the end of acronyms and initials (“RAT Tests and Other Wasted Words”, April 9). One of my pets hates “pre-prepared”. Carrie Bengston, Clovelly

Who needs passengers?

I sympathize with Alan Joyce (“Angry queues as airport faces ‘perfect storm’”, April 9). Airlines would be much better off without passengers. Graham Lum, North Rocks

blue sky mine

When you visit Dubbo (Letters, April 9), you also wonder why there aren’t more solar panels. The Dubbo development is low rise and it seems like a wasted opportunity. Margaret Huxley, Waitara

digital vision
Online comment of one of the stories that attracted the most comments from readers yesterday on smh.com.au
Liberal seniors fear party warfare will cost key seats
Since Farmer: ″⁣That’s what you get under Morrison, isn’t it? Wide divisions within the community and divisions within your own ranks. Aside from the start of the Hawke era, I voted Liberal for much of my life. But not this time. I am appalled to see the needs of our young people, the less fortunate and the refugees disadvantaged by poor and selfish policies.″⁣

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