Coalition’s criticism of state ICAC driven by fear

Hoping for a pit bull terrier but settling for chihuahua. Mustafa Erem, Terrigal

Give faith a chance when it comes to a new leader

Thank you, David Gonski, for pointing out that Catholicism is not some ratbag fundamentalist fringe group, but represents a mainstream belief adhered to by almost a quarter of Australians (“Gonski defends Perrottet from religion critics”, October 6). A non-Catholic myself, I am getting tired of reading of those who deplore any person of faith taking high office, as if the very fact of their faith disqualifies them from doing their job. Bigotry indeed. Barbara Dufty, Morisset Park

The Liberal Party of NSW has just elected a new leader and already he is depicted as some weirdo, who pushes a pram, and believes in God (Letters, October 6). Why can’t we give him a fair go – that Australian value that we say we like to have – and see how it all goes? Why do they need to start off giving him a bad rap? Don’t damn him before he’s even started. Mia David, Wollongong

Profit imperatives will not get us through the challenges of health, COVID, climate change, education or housing. After hearing Perrottet announce his “extraordinary pride” in his religion, one is looking forward to the secular values he then professed being translated faithfully into his service to the people. One of course also hopes that the new Premier will not have to pay the Dantean price for the sin of pride while bearing the weight of his office during such a pivotal time. Delia Patricia Ratcliff, Launceston (Tas)

Can any readers point to incidents in Perrottet’s parliamentary behaviour so far that have indicated that his religion has adversely influenced his decisions? If he is opposed to abortion and euthanasia, he in not alone in that, irrespective of their religious commitments. It does not do anyone any justice to sentence and hang anyone before they are tried. Tony Butler, North Sydney

Those negative about Perrottet’s faith should reflect on how much Christian men and women of the past helped establish hospitals, hospices, schools charities and orphanages in the struggling colony of NSW of which we still benefit today. It came from men and women determined to follow Christ and his example of compassion for the lost and needy and give His life for all. It is hoped Perrottet demonstrates in his leadership that he follows Christ and will one day have to give account to Him for his leadership of NSW. Nan Howard, Camden

Atheism seems like an organised church with adherents defending and promoting its tenets. What unifies the anti-God brigade is not just their belief in the non-existence of God, but also their hegemonic crusade to influence politics and public life. They impel all – including atheists themselves – to have a singular view on any aspect of life, whether private, public or political. This pigeonholing is oppressive and tyrannical. God save us. Hendry Wan, Rosebery

Glasgow could give Morrison some climate ideas

Surely, our PM should go to Glasgow so that he is well-informed as to what other nations have in place and how they are using technologies in their climate policies (“Morrison cool on trip to Glasgow summit”, October 6). Then he can use his time, undisturbed, in quarantine to formulate really effective, positive climate plans that will serve all Australians well into the future. A win for everyone. Merilyn McClung, Forestville

Rather than attend the climate summit in Glasgow, Morrison claims that his first responsibility is “to explain the government’s climate policies to Australians”. Shouldn’t take long. Michael Healy, East Maitland

A green farce

Our government has already brought us into global disrepute as the world’s leading climate denier and is now leading us even further backwards from our “fossil-fuel-led recovery”. We are now about to lock in our out-dated “dig it up and ship it out” thinking while abandoning our biggest-ever green opportunity for our future prosperity (“Steel your Seoul: Australia on the cusp of clean energy deal”, October 6). This government thought bubble is based on green mining, transportation and export of raw materials, iron ore and hydrogen, so that South Korea can manufacture green steel. The government wants to sign this deal to boost our credentials at the Glasgow climate conference. Are they serious? Keith Woodward, Avalon Beach

Reef apathy

The Great Barrier Reef is world famous for its diversity and beauty (“Coral report adds to PM’s climate woes”, October 6). Are we now actively working towards preserving it or is the motto still “She’ll be right”? Marjie Williamson, Blaxland

On Toole’s agenda

I suppose someone had to step up for the important job of protecting feral horses and eradicating koalas (“Paul Toole to become new deputy premier and leader of the NSW Nationals”, smh.com.au, October 6). Tony Judge Woolgoolga

Paul Toole? Quick, most important question: What religion is he? Not … Catholic? Peter Fleming, Northmead

Too early for flowers

Shaun Carney is correct (“Mistakes, poor judgment: It’s too early to be sending Gladys tributes”, October 6). We know exactly what the headlines and political reaction would be if either Dan Andrews, Annastacia Palaszczuk or Mark McGowan were to be investigated by a NSW-type ICAC. The elevation of Gladys Berejiklian to sainthood by both the Liberal Party and the reporting of it, is everything that is wrong with politics in Australia today. Jo White, Bulli

On Kean’s agenda

As environment minister, Kean failed to stand up to Stuart Ayres and his ilk over the disastrous proposal to raise Warragamba Dam, a proposal that independent experts tell us would decimate wildlife and ancient Aboriginal heritage in parts of the Blue Mountains National Park but would be great for developers wanting to get their hands on the flood plains below (“MPs urge for alternatives to dam wall raise”, October 6). Now that he is Treasurer, Kean might have the courage of his convictions and tell Ayres there is no money for the project. John Berry, Cammeray

With Matt Kean leaving the environment portfolio, our flora and fauna will be all the poorer (“Kean inherits budget deep in the red”, October 6). Anthony Healy, Willoughby East

Let’s get flexible

If the government can lock down and re-open LGAs and regions at short notice in response to case numbers, why can’t the road map open LGAs and regions as they reach 70 per cent double dose (Letters, October 6)? It no longer matters why rates of vaccination vary, it only matters what the government does about it.

We are all sick of lockdown, but does exposing communities with lower vax rates to a potentially deadly disease really seem like a good alternative? Sue Hoad, Merewether

Irrelevant Joyce

Qantas boss Alan Joyce’s opinion that “business travellers and tourists would not” tolerate home quarantine is irrelevant to the bigger public health concerns (“Quarantine in home cannot linger, says Qantas chief”, October 6). With a whole lot of skin in the game, billions of dollars for “more than 100 new aircraft” and no public health qualification, he’s the last person from whom we need advice about what is best practice in a pandemic. Kerrie Wehbe, Blacktown

Getting value right

I bet the Orchard Hills couple wished Sydney Metro used the same valuer who valued the Leppington Triangle land at 10 times its actual value (“Valuers knock $120,000 off couple’s home due to trees”, October 6). Trevor Stephenson, East Ballina

Corrupted innocence

Facebook started out as an innocent app promoting sharing, laughter, fun. Now it’s hard to imagine a worse cesspool of lies, manipulation and misinformation (“Whistleblower testifies that Facebook puts ‘astronomical profits’ over people”, October 6). Two-faced book. Ted Bush, North Epping

Inspect your bill

Another way to save on your grocery shop is to closely examine your docket. Since March 2020, I’ve ordered my groceries online and, just as day follows night, after receiving my order I phone/SMS customer support to have the bill’s bottom line corrected (“Supermarket specials can save you a packet”, October 6). It’s really weird, the pricing errors always favour the supermarket. Col Shephard, Yamba

Footy fever

So pleasing to read Max Presnell’s appraisal of the rugby league grand final (“A miss is as good as a mile but don’t doubt the Rabbitohs’ spirit”, October 6). He captured the theatre of the game perfectly. Good to recall that after the NSW government spent squillions on demolishing our football grounds, this match in Brisbane was the first to be staged out of Sydney. Steve Taverner, Gulgong

Trekkies’ delight

William Shatner to boldly go where few men have gone before (“Shatner set for final frontier”, October 6). George Fishman, Vaucluse

At 90, let’s hope he finds no Klingons on the outer rim. Peter Miniutti, Ashbury

A question on parenthood

I have just heard Dominic Perrottet described as a father of six. Is this a first; a male being defined by his parental status (Letters, October 6)? Vivienne Mackenzie, Port Hacking

If Perrottet was a woman, with a large young family, what would be said about taking on this most demanding role? However, as a man, it’s irrelevant. Anne Matheson, Gordon

Core values

Why is it that when a graduate from the public school system is elevated in politics, equal space isn’t given to core values promoted by state schools and how these values affected that person such as care and respect for others, respect for work, fairness and social justice, tolerance and inclusiveness (“Catholic schooling had profound effect on newly minted Premier”, October 6)? Michael Fischer, Coogee

Premier of where?

The new Premier is planning to pump millions of dollars into “the west”, meaning western Sydney (“Premier ‘focused on the west’“, October 6). Premier, there is a lot more further west than Penrith. Could we please have a similar amount pumped into our roads and our health services? Come to think of it, there is a lot more north of Hornsby and south of Sutherland. Or are you going to be the Premier of Sydney, not NSW? Ann Clydsdale, Bathurst

The digital view

Online comment from one of the stories that attracted the most reader feedback yesterday on smh.com.au
PM Morrison cool on Glasgow but Rudd says he must go
From Bobby Beauty: “He mightn’t hold a hose but you’d think he could at least act like a leader and attend. Perhaps he thinks it’s not a race. Or he’s holding out for a miracle.”

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