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If the Coalition were to be returned, Australia would enter a phase of clear climate change denial, as coal and gas exploration is already being ramped up. Our taxes would continue to be poured into the fossil fuel industry, and Scott Morrison’s “technologies”: carbon capture and storage – a pipe dream no one in the world has been able to fulfil, and ″green″ hydrogen which requires more renewable energy than you could hope for at this late stage. The ″moderates″ in the Coalition have failed to moderate the fossil fuel industry enthusiasts and climate change deniers in their ranks. If they genuinely accepted the science, as Dave Sharma and others would have us believe, they would have long ago publicly and actively campaigned to change course.
Fiona Colin, Malvern East
Globally is also locally
Both major parties are still supporting new fossil fuel mining developments and neither are taking heed of warnings by the UN chief Antonio Guterres or the health warnings by Australian and New Zealand Medical colleges (″Fossil fuels a dead end says, UN boss″, 18/5). A smallscale example of Liberal indifference is the diesel truck parked with its motor running all day to display an electronic “Not so easy with Albanese” sign adjacent to a Kooyong pre-polling booth.
Peter Cook, Essendon
No super on a dying planet
When you have the UN chief reminding the world that the only sustainable future is a renewable one, we must put the federal election in perspective. We can talk housing, superannuation, integrity commissions, pork barrelling and taxation as much as we want, but the big ticket item must be global warming.
Without immediate and aspirational leadership and immediate action both locally and internationally by the new government to improve the health of the planet we condemn our children to a precarious future.
Tony Ross, Bunyip
An environment of caring is needed
I found it refreshing reading Ross Gittins’ article (Comment, 18/5). It has been disheartening to hear the government appeal so strongly to people’s selfish motives and not supporting those in real need. I also find it sad that my local member Gladys Liu, did not mention climate change in the many of her pamphlets put in my letter box. I am sure the people of the Chisholm electorate are anxious about the future in regard to the consequences of climate change, especially after the bushfires and flooding. Society will be a much more caring place if those of us who own their own homes and have comfortable lives appreciate how lucky we are and demand governments seriously support people who are struggling.
David Langley, Mt Waverley
Paying the price
The editorial (19/5) and an alliance of 31 retired judges are emphatic that a fair dinkum federal integrity commission is vital. That the names of most of these retired judges are unknown to the public shows just how concerned they must be to break the strong traditions of judicial restraint and public anonymity both during and after their time on the bench.
As retired Victorian appeals judge Stephen Charles and public integrity researcher Catherine Williams document in their book, Keeping Them Honest, the Coalition seems to think that, like Charles I, they are above the law and are entitled to raid taxpayer funds for political advantage. The tragedy is that excellent representatives such as Katie Allen and Dave Sharma may have to pay the price for the “whatever it takes” self-indulgence prevalent among many of their more senior colleagues.
John Carmichael, Hawthorn
Nothing to fear
The last hung parliament, among many other notable achievements, delivered us the NDIS, a carbon price that lowered emissions and started the ball rolling on recognition of same sex marriage.
No significant, nation-building policy has been passed since.
So why all the fearmongering?
Michael Langford, Ivanhoe
I can’t be the only reader fed up with shameless puff pieces trying to persuade us that the prime minister’s personality somehow makes up for his lack of action on climate change, support for First Nations people, government integrity or social inequality.
If he were truly such an admirable man, his actions in government would reveal that.
Sara Tacey, Mill Park
Voice for change
So refreshing that Anthony Albanese has endorsed an Indigenous Voice to parliament (“Albanese push for Voice after ‘act of grace’ “, 19/5).
This is a path to a better future for First Nations people and a recognition of past injustices.
It’s also wonderful to see an Australian leader thinking of how to lift up disadvantaged
people for a change.
Jan Marshall, Brighton
Keep tears to yourself
Would it be too much to ask “our” ABC election night presenters to please show a bit more impartiality should tomorrow’s result again go against its hopes and predictions?
In 2019, ABC television journalists all but wept with despair and frustration when it became obvious Labor was about to lose the unloseable.
While it made for amusing television, it did nothing to allay many viewers’ concerns of ABC bias in its political coverage.
Greg Hardy, Upper Ferntree Gully
Return to sender
Your correspondent, Graham Devries, (Letters, 19/5) received a letter from the Liberal Party as the ″head of the household″. I’ve heard similar from local female friends, whose partners and sons have been appealed to – but not them.
As a single woman, I’ve received multiple pleas from senior Liberals for funds via email and post.
Sadly, I don’t have an in-house male to tell me who to vote for or donate to or even how to think, so I’ll just have to make up my own silly little female mind.
Caroline Leslie, Hawthorn
Not so super, PM
Superannuation is a fertile field for confusion, ripe for exploitation around election time.
Contrary to his spin, the prime minister’s “downsizing” scheme won’t increase housing supply because most seniors will buy a replacement home.
Both Labor’s Paul Keating and the Coalition’s Peter Costello aimed to lessen the welfare burden on future generations. They provided tax breaks for superannuation to reduce dependence on age pensions. There was a prohibition on using super to buy your home because super had to earn returns to finance retirement (Letters, 19/5).
With his populist mantra, “it’s your money”, the prime minister wants to raid super for home deposits, thereby inevitably inflating housing prices. In many cases, the unwitting buyer will lose both super and home as interest rates rise. The prime minister’s timing is scurrilous, leaving insufficient scope to consider the likely impacts on people of all ages and backgrounds, and their super.
Neil Wilkinson, former chairperson,
Superannuation Complaints Tribunal, Mont Albert
A tale of two leaders
On Wednesday, we saw a tale of two leaders: one addressing the nation, the other playing ball with children. Anthony Albanese faced the National Press Club, outlining the nation’s future; the other dodged scrutiny from the press, trying to be friend of all people.
We need a leader not a mate.
Suzanne Reynolds, Templestowe
Do not forget aged care
A word to those voting for teal independents: what is their policy regarding aged care? And what do those two words signify?
They refer to those frail in body and/or mind who might be your mother or father; or your wife, husband or partner; or your grandmother or grandfather.
Aged care touches us all.
Those two words also refer to those workers who wash, dress and feed, and cook, clean and care for your relative or loved one. If death and taxes are the only certainties in life, add aged care to the list. If more taxes are necessary to improve aged care, embrace that, too.
John Whelen, Box Hill South
Man not about the spouse
(“She’s just lovely”, 19/5) seems to be suggesting that voters shouldn’t judge Scott Morrison on his record as prime minister, but on the fact his wife, Jenny, is really nice.
We have ample evidence of “lovely women” being in relationships with men who don’t measure up. We are voting to elect a government, not a referendum on the likeability of the PM’s spouse.
Brenda Tait, Kew
How cynical can you get?? Superannuation is designed to support people in their retirement.
Encouraging them to use it for any other purpose flies in the face of all reason. I am 82 and could not be living as well as I am if it were not for my superannuation, supplemented by the age pension.
To interfere with this is the politics of desperation.
Allan Thomas, Nunawading
We’re not living in the ’70s
How can the unemployment rate of the ‘70s be compared with today?
In the ’70s, practically everyone working had one full-time job. Today, many people scrape a living doing three part-time jobs.
Ray Jones, Box Hill North
Woman with a plan
A man with a plan so often does not see the hidden gender bias in it.
Take the ″super for houses″ scheme. One-third of women have no super and of those who do, the value of it is on average, half that of men. A woman with a plan would have proposed a different scheme.
This election, I’m voting for a woman who understands what it takes to build a society that works for women, too.
Carolyn Ingvarson, Canterbury
Stamp out the lies in ads
Whoever wins tomorrow must change the laws governing political advertising and political funding.
The latest of the United Australia Party’s ads plumbs
It states ″you won’t like the Chinese locking you down after the Liberals and Labor transfer our health department’s management to the WHO (World Health Organisation)″.
Of course, this is false.
Yet, regardless of whether a party wins seats, their advertising still influences people’s thinking.
Especially when that advertising is long-running, ubiquitous and unavoidable and comes from a party backed by a billionaire with a barrow to push and cash to splash.
No other business can spruik their credentials by marketing blatant falsehoods about
Democracy is endangered when lies masquerade as truth during an electoral contest of ideas.
Revisit house tax
If every person or family had one principal residence and any other property they owned was taxed at a premium, housing would become more available and more affordable.
Helen Hayes, Musk
Trickling into gutter
Nobel Prize laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz denounced the “trickle-down” policies of liberalism and neoliberalism more than 20 years ago.
In 2011, Stiglitz was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Yet the Coalition still endorses Thatcherism and “trickle-down” economics, which gives wealth to the very rich and pushes the poor down into the gutter.
At core, a non-promise
Perhaps when Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to legislate for the establishment of an anti-corruption commission at the last election, it was a (Liberal) non-core promise.
Eric Butcher, Eltham
AND ANOTHER THING
Poor little Luca (19/5) provides proof that if it looks like a bulldozer, moves like a bulldozer and acts like a bulldozer, it’s a bulldozer.
Chris Rodier, Glen Waverley
An omen for a change of government? A previous prime minister failed as a spin bowler and later got turfed. The current prime minister was a loose unit using a rugby tackle in a kids’ game of soccer and hit the turf.
Geoff Treloar, Foster
Seems biggest danger on the sports field is photo-op hungry PMs tackling small children to the ground, not transgender people.
Marg D’Arcy, Rye
Scott Morrison had his ″miracle″. Now for his day of reckoning.
Penny Smithers, Ashburton
The PM is offering Australians life in a strong economy. My preference, however, is for life in a caring society.
Anna Herbst, Kalorama
How can we justify politics being excused from truth in advertising laws?
David Mandara, Hepburn Springs
Suggestions that voters should go easy on voting out moderate Liberals are irrelevant. The issue is do you want this conservative government for the next term.
John Groom, Bentleigh
Who could ever have foreseen an LNP government developing a social equity policy that makes rich people richer? It’s never happened before.
Lance Lawton, Crookwell, NSW
I imagine that the 26 per cent of Coalition supporters who believe the minimum wage should not be raised have never had to live on it.
Marie Nash, Balwyn
If you give nurses, teachers and carers a wage rise, and they spend it, isn’t that good for the economy?
Myra Fisher, Brighton East
Are low unemployment figures really relevant, when a lot of the people doing it tough are employed?
Ron Mather, Melbourne
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