Any show of integrity, rules and rational pondering must be stamped on rapidly in a Berejiklian authorities, within the distant likelihood that it would unfold. Neil Craddock, Wollongong
Struggle crimes inquiry a credit score to Australia
I want to thank the folks of Australia for upholding the best ethical requirements by investigating and apologising for the alleged battle crimes dedicated in Afghanistan (‘‘Disgraceful betrayal’’, November 20). I’m certain that, like many on the planet, Australians are shocked by the allegations. I’m additionally assured that right this moment Australians are interested by how this may be prevented from occurring once more. Your authorities says your troopers are accused of committing 39 murders in Afghanistan. I consider that, in response, Australia ought to create 39 colleges throughout Afghanistan to teach essentially the most vibrant minds, thereby making certain the security and safety of its folks in order that it doesn’t turn into goal of terrorism and extremism once more. Attaullah Wahidyar, Kabul (Afghanistan)
To me, all battle is an atrocity. Nevertheless, we want a defence drive, and people individuals who serve in it are risking their lives to defend our nation. Whereas we now know that a few of these despatched to Afghanistan dedicated atrocities, we should keep in mind that the overwhelming majority adopted the foundations of battle. There’s a hazard that every one those that served in Afghanistan could possibly be tarred with the comb of the few who dedicated battle crimes, and will find yourself being seen as outcasts. Judy Christian, Citadel Hill
Defence Drive chief Common Angus Campbell’s tackle admirably included because of those that got here ahead to talk to the inquiry and likewise talked about that ‘‘accountability rests with the chain of command’’. This raises the problem of the place the buck stops, in addition to how a lot better Australia seems to be dealing with the allegations and whistle-blowers compared to the WikiLeaks state of affairs. Stuart Fox, Bondi Seashore
If, as is alleged, SAS troops lower the throats of 14-year-old Afghan boys, it will be hypocritical of us to not see these actions in the identical mild as we’d view an ISIS beheading. John Noonan, Cotswold Hills (Qld)
For many males, killing doesn’t come simply. Troopers are skilled to hate the enemy. Struggle is all about killing the enemy. The enquiry into the killing of civilians is castigating troopers for doing their job. When troopers’ lives could possibly be threatened by civilians with hid weapons or explosive gadgets, the place can the ‘‘line’’ be drawn? Judith Rostron, Killarney Heights
My father volunteered and served within the Center East and New Guinea throughout World Struggle II. He could be as appalled as I’m now ashamed. What has occurred to our nation? Invoice Younger, Killcare Heights
Wave of letters
The explanation many letter writers stay in beachside areas (Letters, November 20) is that they’ve a prepared supply of chilly water to pour on politicians’ wacky concepts. Doug Walker, Baulkham Hills
If dwelling close to water provides a author a leg-up, I hope the Letters editor realises I stay in‘‘Ashfield-by-the-water.’’ Rosemary O’Brien, Ashfield
A haiku. Residing close to the seashore/Offers letter-writers more room/For sane reflection. Jenifer Nicholls, Armadale (Vic)
I see Nedra and Alison Orme have been printed yesterday (Letters, November 20). Is that this the primary time a mom and daughter have had letters seem on the identical day? Additionally, might we’ve an replace on Nedra’s smartphone? John Lo, Bexley North
Look over right here!
Scotty, go wash your mouth out with cleaning soap, and when you’re at it, wash your blackened fingers too. Over-delivering on local weather certainly (‘‘PM flags main office reform, new local weather coverage’’, November 20). Warren McPherson, Gerringong
With all of the scandals regarding the Coalition – robo-debt, sports activities rorts, bonk bans, costly land purchases – what does our PM announce? ‘‘Main office reforms’’ or: ‘‘Let’s assault the unions.’’ It’s so predictable. Barbara Grant, Citadel Hill
Sense from the coalface of local weather change and jobs
Grant Howard’s opinion column is a really well-written argument in regards to the financial system that additionally debunks a stereotype of coal miners and their attitudes to local weather change (‘‘Fitzgibbon doesn’t act for coal miners like me’’, November 20). Maybe his subsequent profession transfer after coal mining must be a tilt at federal politics. I perceive that, simply as in coal mining, the employment is precarious and entails fickle preparations. Politics is arguably even dirtier work. Paul McShane, Burradoo
The humanities finish
Invoice Henson is quoted as saying ‘‘the diminution of the humanities tends to parallel the rise of barbarism’’ (‘‘Final flash as Australian Centre for Images closes doorways’’, November 20). I obtain a fee from the federal authorities for every one in every of my kids’s books held at school libraries, the Instructional Lending Proper established by Gough Whitlam. The letterhead in 2018 learn Division of Communication and the Arts. A yr later it was the Division of Infrastructure, Regional Improvement and Communications. In small print beneath, Workplace of the Arts. That exhibits the place the federal government’s priorities lie. Joan Dalgleish, Ballina
A tax on each your homes
Following the finances announcement of an choice to defer stamp responsibility on property purchases (‘‘Like all large tax concepts, reforming this levy won’t be painless’’, November 19), within the state of affairs that I purchase a home subsequent yr and take the land tax choice, if I have been to promote that home the next yr, I might have solely paid a fraction of earlier stamp responsibility earlier than promoting it. Do I then need to pay land tax on two properties as soon as I purchase the following home within the following yr? It appears a messy state of affairs the place the federal government both loses the unpaid portion of the tax on the primary residence I purchased or in some way calculates ongoing taxes on a number of properties. Geoff Lindsay, Thurgoona
We paid our stamp responsibility, so I assume we can be exempt from land tax. Or can we get a refund of the stamp responsibility? Colin Sutton, Newtown
When three or extra economists are gathered collectively and help with wild enthusiasm a courageous new tax revision, it pays the neighborhood to look intently. Underneath current preparations, most individuals successfully borrow an quantity that covers the acquisition worth of their property, together with stamp responsibility. This comparatively small quantity, given the general worth, is then paid again over a specific interval, normally 25 years, at one of many lowest retail rates of interest accessible. A land tax, by means of distinction, would contain an annual quantity paid by the purchaser for so long as they personal the property, decided on the will of the federal government of the day, out of after-tax earnings. Tracey Meredith-Marx, Wentworth Falls
Do because the Romans do
Not simply Philistines however radical Proper politicians resembling Dominic Perrottet have evidently by no means heard of Centrale Montemartini in Rome, a long-decommissioned thermoelectric energy station close to the town’s centre, akin to White Bay’s, which a technology in the past was become a provisional historic artwork museum whereas the Capitoline museums needed to be cleared for renovations (‘‘Black day for White Bay if Perrottet will get his method’’, November 19). Such was the staggering influence of sculpture subsequent to still-intact boilers and different early 20th century industrial equipment that it was an prompt hit and have become a everlasting fixture on Rome’s vacationer itinerary, with vacationer coaches completely stretching blocks down By way of Ostiense outdoors. That’s the way you ‘‘develop the financial system’’ and ‘‘refresh’’ heritage, minister. A Cockatoo Island, besides with easy accessibility through the close by mild rail and adjoining new metro. As we all know, mild rail and metro are simply put in for the value-adding good thing about condominium tower builders. Alex Mattea, Sydney
Bear in mind Tiananmen
I believed the comics part had moved to Information within the Herald when studying ‘‘Beijing deal with Australian human rights’’ (November 20). Wealth and financial energy don’t by default bestow clever diplomacy and knowledge on any nation. China demonstrates its diplomatic immaturity to make use of these absurd justifications and threats round commerce. China shouldn’t be even a democracy. It selectively makes use of its home legal guidelines to problem worldwide legislation itself and is utilizing navy and financial coercion to bully its Indo-Pacific neighbours, push illegal maritime claims, threaten maritime transport lanes, and destabilise territory. Huge human rights abuses are implicit in all of this. How has China transparently addressed human rights that reconcile with its questionable assumptions of world energy? Robyn Dalziell, Kellyville
China is indicating it should take Australia’s report on the remedy of its Indigenous folks to worldwide boards. I sit up for this. It appears to me that’s the solely avenue to justice for Indigenous Australians. Successive governments have been pussyfooting round, squandering thousands and thousands of . If China proceeds, then human rights will get a brand new worldwide air flow.
Michael Kennedy, West Pymble
As an alternative of abolishing velocity digital camera warning indicators, there could possibly be only one signal that claims ‘‘x variety of cellular velocity cameras within the subsequent 20km’’ (‘‘Street toll crackdown underneath ‘4 angels legislation’’’, November 20). Or ‘‘Three cellular velocity cameras between Orange and Wellington’’, as an illustration (then put in simply two to maintain drivers guessing). William Roberts, Randwick
Our Cathy, our conscience
Congratulations to Cathy Wilcox (‘‘Profitable Wilcox attracts on the yr that was’’, November 20) – the conscience of our nation. Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills
Congratulations Cathy Wilcox, political cartoonist of the yr (once more). She is without doubt one of the causes we subscribe to the Herald yr after yr. Jill Chambers, Port Macquarie
Congratulations to Cathy Wilcox. Our state and federal governments certain do give her loads of materials: refugees, COVID-19, incompetence, venality, environmental irresponsibility and, sadly, the culpability of battle. Thanks, Cathy. Nola Tucker, Kiama
We’re more than happy with Cathy Wilcox’s award, once more this yr. She places her finger straight on the spot in a way that each illuminates the issue and eviscerates the swine accountable for it. Congrats, Cathy, and lengthy could your finger maintain pointing. John Greenway, Wentworth Falls
I’m certain avid readers of the Herald, like me, go straight to the letters pages each morning, the place Cathy Wilcox’s prescient and humorous cartoons make the day. Congratulations. We hope to see extra cartoons to maintain us going. Mukul Desai, Hunters Hill
‘‘With many scathing letters in regards to the inadequacy of our authorities, certainly it’s time for the letters web page to be robotically despatched to the PM’s workplace, in search of a private acknowledgement of receipt. Then he may get the message,’’ writes Don Davies of Trinity Park. Not a foul thought, however would we be rapidly blocked?
The state authorities additionally had its fair proportion of scathing letters this week after the Treasurer revealed the finances.
The dumping of stamp responsibility was effectively acquired however its substitute with a land tax was not, whereas nearly all of correspondents didn’t need leisure and meals vouchers and deliberate to donate them to charity.
Michael McFadyen of Kareela advised donating ‘‘the equal of the meals vouchers
to the Wayside Chapel’s attraction for cash to purchase a homeless particular person Christmas lunch. That method the federal government pays for his or her meal’’.
As Adrian Connelly of Springwood reminded us: ‘‘There gained’t be any bodily paper vouchers to go round. The app’s the factor. And I dare say it gained’t allow you to switch them. The federal government isn’t that foolish.’’
The dialogue about double place names morphed into one about palindromes, after which one in regards to the many letter writers who stay by the seashore. Don Smith thought it provided an evidence: ‘‘As Offended of Ashfield, I’ve not had lots of success currently in getting my grumpy geezer letters printed. Is it as a result of the one water views I’ve are if I open my eyes within the bathe?’’
And a reminder to ship in your nominations for letter author of the yr. Comfortable writing.
Pat Stringa, Letters editor