may never the twain meet

Whither now the euthanasia legislation? Rod Hughes, Epping

Pro-Trump social media posts. Measures designed to address climate change described as “gratuitous waste”. A record of voting on social issues that would be best suited to the 18th century. Perrottet sounds like the premier we really need right now. Not! Paul Parramore, Sawtell

Does a hard right, religious fundamentalist really represent the majority of NSW residents’ interests? Greg Thompson, Bega

How will our new premier and the Prime Minister converge in their decisions affecting NSW and the nation, considering the often-troubled relations between Pentecostals and Roman Catholics, and the two men’s admissions that their actions are influenced by their faith? Could we have church and state problems on the horizon? Surely, it would be better for all if they left their religions out of politics. Mark Pearce, Richmond

I disagree with your correspondent (Letters, October 4) on the value of politicians being “beholden” to God. If more of our leaders gave their first allegiance to God, they might be more humble and more sympathetic to the needs of the people. David Morrison, Springwood

I am sad that Gladys is no longer this state’s premier. The thought of yet another white bloke being the next Liberal premier worries me. It will be an easy decision to vote Labor at the next state election. Bring it on! Karen Eldridge, Leichhardt

I am sick to death of trying to keep up with all the factions. The politics in Monty Python’s Life of Brian were easier to understand. Peter Miniutti, Ashbury

Own goal brought Berejiklian down

Despite the genuine outpouring of voters’ emotions ranging from sympathy to quiet outrage, former Coalition minister Michael Yabsley highlights an important distinction (“She passed the pub test: now it’s the real thing”, October 4). Gladys Berejiklian served the state with relentless energy and determination but arguably made a series of errors in her judgment. Errors that were never publicly admitted and their consequences corrected. Had they been, possibly the outcome of the past few days may have been different. While it’s human to err, voters understandably expect the highest level of integrity of our elected leaders. Anything less is in a democratically transparent process amounts to political suicide. All the best, Gladys. You’ll be missed. Cleveland Rose, Dee Why

Michael Yabsley is probably right that Gladys Berejiklian “passed the pub test”. If so, it indicates that, perhaps, we need to be more discerning and insightful and to not allow ourselves to be distracted by an “unlucky in love” media campaign as Berejiklian undertook. Her carefully crafted image of benignity and likeability does not reveal all. It is questionable if any politician rising to premier and remaining in place for five years has not trampled some opponents and gathered a few skeletons. Sentimentality on the resignation of the premier is most likely misplaced, as is the case for the vast majority of our politicians. Ross Butler, Rodd Point

It is amazing how many people think corruption should not be investigated. Lindsay Foyle, Stanmore

Let ICAC flourish

Rosalind Dixon may be a law professor but her article reads like a Liberal Party whinge (“ICAC timing reeks of Comey”, October 4). ICAC was set up to investigate corruption and so far it has operated as it should. If it waited for every “emergency” to pass before it proceeded with its investigations, then we might as well abolish it. Berejiklian had a choice and she exercised it. Whether she is “guilty” of any offence remains to be proved. If a politician has acted corruptly and has been found to have acted corruptly, then they cannot stay in office. Dimitris Langadinos, Concord West

End of aid an outrage

The likelihood that anyone, particularly families with young children, should be consigned to a life of poverty in this seemingly rich country is completely outrageous (“Poorest to be ‘locked into poverty’ as payments finish: study”, October 4). The stresses of homeschooling and nurturing a family have weighed particularly on the poor during the pandemic and the impending problem of reduced government support is totally undeserved. The government should understand that the opportunities of some extremely bright children who can do much for the country can be severely prejudiced by a childhood in poverty. The Labor mantra from the 1980s that “no child shall live in poverty” is well worth revisiting. Geoff Harding, Chatswood

The University of NSW/ACOSS report in COVID-driven poverty is both timely and not hugely surprising. In the queues stretching outside Centrelink offices during the first wave of the pandemic, somewhat reminiscent of images of the Great Depression, hundreds of thousands of people would have been seeking welfare for the first time. The absence of those queues today is not necessarily an indicator of economic recovery, nor is it an indication that people have stopped needing support. The problem has shifted to the relevant agencies’ online and call centre services – out of immediate sight and out of mind for those resistant to the impact of the virus. The fact of the matter is that we were never in it together. Josh Frydenberg is correct when he says wage subsidy payments can’t go on forever, but he is wrong to stop financial support at 70 or 80 per cent vaccination rates. Nothing in the vaccination take-up tells businesses they must go back to pre-COVID employment levels. Jack Dikian, Mosman

It is evident that the cutting of benefits to workers who have lost their jobs or had their hours cut due to the pandemic will lead to extreme hardship for many. Surely, the role of government is to ensure that all citizens are able to lead a decent life? Adequate government benefits are key to achieving this. It’s time government stopped punishing people unduly who, for a range of reasons usually beyond their control, are not in the labour force. Alan Morris, Eastlakes

A weight off my pate

When I phoned my trusted hairdresser, he said that as a valued customer I wouldn’t have a wait problem and he booked me in for opening day (“New guidelines, fines for operators as freedom nears”, October 4).Th e haircut will be good but I still have a weight problem. Phil Cocks, Waverton

It’s all ovaries

Thank you (Letters, October 4). I am now taking a keen interest in reading more of Fallopians. I got a good laugh in a depressing weekend of reading about the candidates for premier. Ann Babington, Lambton

The concern of your correspondent is reflected in the Hilaire Belloc poem that ends: “And always keep a-hold of nurse/for fear of finding something worse.” Ray Seymour, Castle Hill

Pantheon of greats

South Sydney put up a brave fight so their supporters don’t need to hop back to their burrows with cottontails between their legs. But Penrith have won gloating rights so you might wish to follow Ogden Nash’s advice: “If called by a Panther, don’t anther.” Doug Walker, Baulkham Hills

Departure terminal

Something about rats and ships (“John Barilaro to resign as NSW Deputy Premier”, smh.com.au, October 4). John Bailey, Canterbury

It’s so good to hear that another passenger has found a life jacket on that sinking ship. Vince Scoppa, Tennyson Point

At a time of great financial stress, three selfish politicians (Berejiklian, Barilaro, Constance) have put to us the unnecessary expense of three byelections. And they wonder why politicians are held in such low regard. Bill Young, Killcare Heights

The gaggle of resigning NSW Coalition members and consequent costs and contamination risks of byelections indicates how shallow their commitment to the finances and health of constituents is.
Tony Doyle, Fairy Meadow

Berejiklian, Constance and Barilaro. Is it dominoes or a house of cards? Peter Butler, Wyongah

If the new conservative leadership is too much for Mr Barilaro, then I am very afraid. Sally Shepard, Nelson Bay

Who will buy the wrong ferries and trains now that Andrew Constance is leaving? Simon Squires, Hornsby

The digital view
Online comment from one of the stories that attracted the most reader feedback yesterday on smh.com.au
John Barilaro to resign as NSW Deputy Premier
From amusedmuse: ″⁣Obviously, NSW isn’t in a crisis time when the Premier, Deputy Premier and a senior minister can just walk off and cause a leadership vacuum and the cost of byelections.″⁣

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