Spin on standards
“I have expected the highest of standards of myself.” She may have expected them, but she certainly didn’t live up to them. Had she done so, there’d be no need for the ICAC investigation. Pure tripe and twaddle; this is spin worthy of Scott Morrison. David Gordon, Cranebrook
There will be no tears shed for Berejiklian in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA upon her resignation. Not being content to force a much-unwanted merger on them, she then handed Hornsby Council funds promised to assist the amalgamation. Her coup de grace was to relegate Canterbury-Bankstown residents to second-class status during the lockdown. It won’t be the sound of tears flowing from the ratepayers she maligned that will be heard but that of hands loudly clapping. Tony Re, Georges Hall
Great news, but for the health of NSW and the integrity of the office, it’s a shame it didn’t occur 18 months ago. John Byrne, Randwick
To plagiarise Oscar Wilde: “To lose one premier may be regarded as misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness. But to lose three suggests the truth is rarely pure and never simple.” Harry Creamer, Port Macquarie
Progress Score: Premiers 0, ICAC 3 Jim Oman, Glebe
Case for federal ICAC
Regardless of our individual levels of support for Berejiklian, we must all now see starkly and poignantly the urgent need for a federal ICAC to elevate the level of federal accountability and transparency to that of NSW. Scott Illingworth, Kiama
No wonder the federal Coalition doesn’t want an ICAC. Di Carroll, Bateau Bay
A federal ICAC cannot come soon enough. Anne Finnane, Marlee
Contenders line up
Rob Stokes’ integrity over Dominic Perrottet’s or Stuart Ayres’ empty ambitions any day (“Perrottet and Stokes emerge as frontrunners for NSW Premier”, smh.com.au, October 1). Nathan English, Lilyfield.
Best leader leaves
Well done Daryl Maguire. You have robbed us of Australia’s most effective politician (“‘We have lost one of our best Premiers’: Former PMs united in praise for Berejiklian”, smh.com.au, October 1). Bill Plastiras ,Vaucluse
No winners in this sorry tale. Was the Premier right to resign? Probably. Is she undeniably the best person to be leading NSW? Yes. Peter Davies, Kingscliff
Throughout the pandemic, my husband would make me a coffee at 10.55am and then we would sit and watch the 11am NSW news conference. If one of us was out we would say, “I’ll be back for Gladys.” Gutted to lose such a great leader. Sue Knight, North Ryde
Gladys Berejiklian was the one thing we had on our side. Jennifer Ingall, Leura
Thank you, Gladys. We will miss you. John Hopkins, Moss Vale
PM backed away from climate action and into a corner
From electric cars “stealing the weekend” to “the little lady not being able to do the ironing” the Coalition has spoken so much nonsense on climate change trying to wedge the Labor Party that they have ending up wedging themselves (“Pied Piper PM plays tricky tune”, October 1). Bob Eggleton, Neutral Bay
I don’t believe the Nationals have put Scott Morrison in an impossible dilemma (Letters, October 1). They have given him the perfect opportunity to dump the Nationals and put up Liberal candidates in the seats they currently hold in the coming federal election. I am not the only rural resident who would welcome the opportunity to vote for a party which would recognise the enormous damage climate change is doing to us all. Pam Nankivell, Parkes
Carbon capture and storage is nothing but a con game: an excuse for giving the fossil fuel industry hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, while giving the appearance of doing something about climate change, and achieving next to nothing (“Capturing of carbon on credits list”, October 1). CCS makes fossil fuels even less efficient and hence more expensive at a time when renewables are getting cheaper by the hour. It will lead to increased electricity cost, and so be a de facto carbon tax paid for by the consumer. If this is the Coalition’s game plan for net zero emissions, it’s a dud.
Neil Ormerod, Kingsgrove
Energy Minister Angus Taylor is still talking up carbon capture. This allows businesses and transport to pollute as usual with an accompanying attempt to clean up some of the mess. Carbon capture should just be one aspect of tackling fossil fuel pollution. It won’t wash at the Glasgow summit where a big focus will be to actually reduce pollution at the source. Dennis O’Hara, Wanniassa (ACT)
I would suggest the main reason Morrison is reluctant to go to Glasgow himself is he is scared stiff if he leaves the country again he will be rolled in a party-room coup. John Grinter, Katoomba
Trace of false hope in hastened demise of the QR cross check
Reducing tracing of double-vaccinated COVID-19 contacts before we have clear data showing the rates at which they can both catch and transmit the virus is a triumph of mindless hope over experience (“State to dial back contact tracing”, October 1). Norm Neill, Darlinghurst
When Singapore reached 80 per cent vaccination, their lockdown ended. Soon afterwards, cases spiked considerably. Singapore has a well-behaved, compliant population that follow rules strictly. Australia, on the other hand, has a far more non-compliant population that no doubt will bolt from the starter’s gate like an impatient crowd at the doors of a retail Christmas sale. We can expect a far greater spike than our northern neighbours. For NSW to dial back contact tracing may well prove a tad premature. John Partridge, Balgowlah Heights
We have lived in difficult times in 2020-21. Mistakes have been made – cruise ships, quarantine hotels, vaccine delivery – but through a combination of geography, good luck and some sound decisions by government and citizens, most of us have, so far, gotten through this OK.
The plans for unravelling the lockdown seem to be getting more and more bizarre. Our Premier is so focussed on the economy and the next election that she has forsaken us.
There will be a degree of rational management of the unlocking. But, by December, it will be a case of everyone for themselves. For the healthy or ill, old or young, strong or frail, safe or vulnerable, you will take your chances in life. And in death. David Griffiths, Wollongong
We have been told that unvaccinated people may not be fined for entering NSW hospitality and retail businesses when the state reopens on October 11 (Letters, October 1). These businesses have been counting on the government to back them up on keeping their staff and customers safe, without abuse from those who choose not to be vaccinated. If the government is too weak to make a stand, perhaps the decision to ban smoking indoors in public places or allowing alcohol to those under the age of 18 should be reconsidered. We’re losing the concept of doing things for the “common good”. Kathleen Hamar, Bowral
The Ku-ring-gai LGA has had very low infection levels, and complacency has set in. As I was doing the QR check-in at a local shop, two young men swaggered in, bypassing the check-in. A moment later, an elderly couple walked in, albeit more slowly, but with the same disregard for the QR code. It would be easy enough to enforce this health regulation: serving staff simply need to ask to see the customer’s QR record – no QR, no sale. No need for unpleasantness or twisting arms. The message would get through very quickly. Gerry Foley, South Turramurra
Bond of steel
The Illawarra area has locked down for months, joined as part of greater Sydney, with few cases (“We hoped to escape Delta but now fear the worst”, October 1). Now as Wollongong peaks in numbers a break in the camaraderie discourse seems to be developing, with Sydney pulling apart. We still need to pull together, supporting each other. If we are part of greater Sydney then remain with us. The Illawarra does not want to feel alone now. Janice Creenaune, Austinmer
There is a lot of enthusiasm for sending Australian overseas as soon as possible – hundreds of thousands of people want to travel and apparently we have practical solutions for their safe return (“Liberals MPs want ban on Australians heading overseas lifted within month”, October 1). Why is there no such enthusiasm to get thousands of Australians back to their homeland? Promises were made that they would be back for Christmas 2020, as I remember. Lorraine Hickey, Green Point
Perhaps the quickest means of encouraging both the vaccine hesitant and the recalcitrant would be to add an additional Medicare levy to cover the individual and community costs of the inevitable medical and hospitalisation costs which accrue (Letters, October 1). Peter Armstrong, North Wahroonga
Such joy and determination on the front page photograph of young boys at play. It gladdens the heart (“Panthers’ $50m pursuit of purr-fection”, October 1). Life experience has shown me that team sport at any level develops fun, skills and friendships that last through life. This photo is on my fridge to brighten my day and remind me of the wonderful young people Australia has who give us hope for the future. Bea Hodgson, Gerringong
Thank goodness for the power of the younger Australians to lift our mood when confronted with so much dismal news. To be treated with the sight of the adorable young Panthers full of enthusiasm on the front page, and then uplifted by the brilliance of a 14-year-old inventor already making her mark gave us hope for the future (“At the pointy end of invention, Jorja takes a needle-free turn”, October 1). Anne Ring, Coogee
Damn this wall raising
The only people to really benefit from increasing the height of the wall at Warragamba are developers who would, if permitted, cover the remaining acres of the once vast Sydney Green Belt with housing estates (“Warragamba Dam decision must pass exhaustive scrutiny”, October 1). It is impossible to assuage their greed and too much good land has been lost already. Nola Tucker, Kiama
Private sleight of hand
Any acceptance of the Planning Minister’s proposed legislation would be a sellout (“Heritage sites offered up to commercial operators”, October 1). From whatever angle this is approached the result is privatisation of public assets by deceit. Public space and heritage are impediments to this government’s agenda. Bob Edgar, Westmead
“Pandemic. Earthquake. Tornado. Bombshell. What next?” asked Megan Brock of Summer Hill following NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation yesterday. The announcement took everyone by surprise but letter writers were quick to hit their keyboards and tell us how they felt. Hundreds of letters landed in our mailbox in the couple of hours after her press conference at 1pm.
Barbara Kosasih of Seven Hills wrote to thank ICAC – “you truly made my day” – while others like Ern Beckers of Plumpton described his devastation at the premier’s resignation. “We are in lockdown and cannot get a haircut, sit down for a coffee or have elective surgery, but ICAC can still force the resignation of one of the most powerful tools we have of fighting this war against COVID – a strong and steady leader. Surely the timing of ICAC couldn’t have come at a worse moment,” he wrote.
Many said that “once again a woman shows the men how to do it”, as Roslynne Hunt of Riverview wrote. “Berijiklian’s speech was inspiring. She has displayed courage and integrity. I applaud her dignity and resolve.” Others said the premier’s resignation showed why we urgently need a federal ICAC and Allan Collins of Belrose cynically added that the “sad reality is that the kind of behaviour that could cost you your job at state level would earn you a promotion at federal level”.
And while some wondered what the “best Premier NSW has ever seen” would now be doing at 11am every day during the pandemic, Wendy Illingworth of Kiama summed up many correspondents’ disappointment with a hashtag: “#bloodyDaryl”. Pat Stringa, Letters editor
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