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AUKUS didn’t stop US leaving us out on climate

Now that China has joined the US in a pact to tackle climate change, will the Australian government finally listen, stop dragging its feet and actually undertake some positive steps to slow the existential crisis facing us all (“‘Existential crisis’: US, China stun COP26 with joint climate pact”, smh.com.au, November 11)?

Coal has to be kept in the ground – the Chinese market for our exports will rapidly decrease anyway. The only way to do this is to act now to mitigate the effects on coal dependent communities with education and retraining, action that should have been taken years ago. It will be painful and it will cost money – but a lot less than submarines. Stephanie Edwards, Roseville

After the French submarine debacle, I guess Scott Morrison won’t be complaining too much that no one gave him a heads-up on the secret climate deal reached between the United States and China.
Ross Duncan, Potts Point

This is a striking contrast between the visionary leadership of the USA and China in the climate war and the skulking Australian white-anting of the climate summit (“Australia among nations trying to soften COP26 declaration”, November 11). Shame on our nation for electing this low-rent crowd under Scott Morrison, who is frantically trying to distract us with electric utes to cover up his lack of vision. Barry Laing, Castle Cove

Niki Savva leaves no doubt as to Morrison’s true character (“A walking, weaving, wedging PM”, November 11). Shameless, ever blameless, a master of tampering with the truth, and ready to stoop low to defend his and his government’s often defenceless missteps and blatant policy u-turns. After a gruelling and damaging appearance on the world stage last week where he lectured that Australia would tackle climate change the Australian way, he has returned home and launched immediately into campaign mode. Donna Wiemann, Balmain

Savva paints a picture of a very unattractive PM who is now cynically ramping up fear and nationalism. That he launched his EV stunt in the safe seat of Higgins shows that he must be worried that at least six similar seats are under real threat from independents who will campaign on genuine climate action. Tony Simons, Balmain

One point really stands out in Savva’s splendid analysis. What a spineless mob the Liberal cabinet members and backbench are, religiously aping every nuance of the gob-smacking variations of reality that the Prime Minister hurls about in frantic disarray. Greg Tome, Burradoo

Morrison is like the carnival spruiker from sideshow alley who bellows about what is on the top shelf but only delivers from the bottom shelf if you are lucky. Helen Hills, Ballina

What galls Paul

Paul Keating is right (“Paul Keating says defending Taiwan is not in Australia’s interest”, November 11). Australia’s continued unquestioning support for the US alliance and a so-called “international rules- based order” is support for nothing more than a US policy-based “international order” that condones the demonisation of anti-US nations and supports invasion of those countries. Each time that happens we blindly follow suit into one disaster after another. How has this been, or is supposed to be, to Australia’s benefit? Fred Jansohn, Rose Bay

Could Keating explain why China acting with such belligerence is just because they desire respect? It’s an immature way to achieve that goal. Is China worried America is wanting to invade the Chinese mainland? I think not. He might also explain why peaceful, successful and democratic societies such as Hong Kong and Taiwan need to be placed under autocratic and virtual police state rule. We can respect the Chinese people, but not their dictatorial and vicious government. Keating is right in one respect. Our ties with our near Asian neighbours must be strengthened but those with America, India, Japan and England must also be maintained. Richard Fry, Marrickville

Twenty-six years between appearances for the Placido Domingo of Australian politics at the press club. Like any great performance, it was worth the wait. Peter Lloyd, Mount Colah

As much as I believe Anthony Albanese will be a far more astute leader than the incumbent, I would urge him to take note of the charismatic Keating and learn to speak in pictures (“Former PM takes the world as his canvas”, November 11). The Parliament House gift shop awaits your presence, Anthony. Pam Connor, Mollymook Beach

Spin city or a cycling fantasy?

It may well be viable to create more bicycle pathways in the compressed area of the inner city but the use of bicycles across the Greater Sydney area for daily commuting and transport is just not practical (“Liberal team to challenge Moore’s bike path ‘ideology”’, November 11).
Small, flat countries in Europe such as The Netherlands may be suited to extensive bicycle use but Australia is not. It is time that the myth of greater bicycle use to aid the environment in our vast land is exposed for what it is: impractical, inequitable and a fantasy. A minuscule proportion of the population utilises bicycles to commute or move about Sydney’s sprawling area.
Does anyone really believe that people will do their supermarket shopping on bikes, pick up children from school on bikes or travel to work in extreme heat or downpours, especially over long distances?
Consider also the congestion caused by bike riders on busy roads. While some bicycle pathways may be justified for recreation and in some restricted areas, in general bicycles are an unsuitable mode of transport in our modern world. Most of the population should not be burdened with the cost of supporting an ineffective and inefficient “fantasy”. Ian Roberts, Warriewood

I ventured to The Rocks for lunch and enjoyed the relative peace and quiet without tourists. What I also noticed were the dedicated cycleways and thought what a great idea, seeing them used by food delivery riders. The vehicles I saw were mostly buses, trams, taxis and construction vehicles. This may be due to the pandemic but it highlighted how good bikes are for getting around the CBD and how much better it must be for the environment. Jenny Greenwood, Hunters Hill

Irony is pin-sharp

There he is, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, a committed COVID-19 vaccination hesitater, his arms covered with tattoos constituting thousands of needle pricks and vast quantities of ink introduced into his body (“Cold, hard vax show that unjabbed may soon be unjobbed”, November 11). Makes one wonder how many other anti-vaxxers also wear tattoos without any awareness of the inherently absurd contradictions they pose. The world is, indeed, exceedingly strange. William Turner, Port Macquarie

Looking at the photo of Asofa-Solomona, I wonder if the same “research” informed his view into the inks that went into his body during the extensive tattooing that he has undergone? Strikes me that there’s every possibility that they would do infinitely more harm over time than a COVID-19 vaccine endorsed unreservedly by the vast majority of the medical profession. Ian Jackson, Freshwater

Fund archives properly

The Coalition was prepared to throw in millions to build concrete car parks in marginal seats in an attempt to get itself re-elected. Meanwhile, it has refused to properly fund our National Archives, which are now falling into decay and disrepair (“Law broken as archives gather dust”, November 11).

Our archives as prime sources record the development of our country and its society. Future historians will have nothing to work with without these priceless sources. This government will have criminally thrown away our legacies, our histories. Our National Archives must have emergency instant funding now — before it is too late. Rod Miller, Epping

Kean-ly felt sentiment

Matt Kean, the NSW Treasurer, is far and away the most knowledgeable, articulate and proactive politician in the country when it comes to climate change policy and action (“Time for Australia to step up and be a climate leader: Kean”, smh.com.au, November 11). He says what he thinks, does what he says and knows what he is talking about. I would suggest that next time federal Labor is asked what they will do about emissions reductions, targets, electric vehicles etc they should just point to Matt Kean and reply “whatever he said”. Phil Peak, Dubbo

Trams make trifecta

First it was the trains which couldn’t find a way through tunnels (“Tram builder should pay to fix cracks, says minister”, November 11). Then it was the ferries which couldn’t fit under bridges. Now we have trams which have failed, forcing the suspension of the service for upt to 18 months. This trifecta of ineptitude is the very opposite of the progress we need with public transport. And why aren’t at least some of them being made in Australia? Judith Rostron, Killarney Heights

Abetz off the mark

If Eric Abetz had studied the history of China, perhaps his perspective would be different (Letters, November 11). Indeed, the communist party has committed heinous crimes over the years. Yet this same party also managed to bring a significant proportion of its 1.4 billion population out of poverty in the past 30 years. To have enough to eat, a home to live in and receive decent education are the basic human rights that many Chinese had previously not enjoyed. To expect everyone to have a one dimensional, antagonistic view of China Communist Party is naive and will not help maintain stability in our region. Vincent Wong, Killara

Depressing disparity

Valid points re super yachts, Mustafa Erem (Letters, November 11). But it was the juxtaposition of this article with that of the starving millions around the globe, in Afghanistan especially, that shouted to me. The UN’s World Food Program could be financed for a whole month with the price of the one yacht pictured. I cringe in shame and despair. Helen Lewin, Tumbi Umbi

The digital view

Online comment from one of the stories that attracted the most reader feedback yesterday on smh.com.au
Travelling to Europe could ‘cost $800 more’ to meet net-zero targets
From Kel: ″⁣How does charging more money for a flight that will happen anyway, decarbonise anything? Isn’t the idea to make things so expensive that demand (and therefore additional “carbonisation” ) drops to the point where new emissions can gradually be reduced? In whose pocket do the extra dollars go?″⁣

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