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$25m spend for Bridge flagpole must be avoided

Indigenous individuals may elevate and decrease their flag with a ceremony each second month which could develop into a vacationer attraction. Elizabeth Vickers, Maroubra

Your correspondent tells us that the Australian flag’s objective is to “unite us by reminding us of the one factor we’re all equally a part of” (Letters, June 21). May he remind us on which date we now have all equally been part of this one factor. Annabel Doherty, Armidale

Can we please use the $25 million to repair potholes as an alternative of putting in flagpoles? Rob Baveystock, Naremburn

Has anybody requested the tradies will they set up the brand new flagpole on the bridge for much less if we pay money? Robert Hickey, Inexperienced Level

I’d put it up for a tenth of the worth, however alas, I’ve an ideal worry of heights. Dorothy Gliksman, Cedar Brush Creek

Barilaro’s new NY commerce submit is insulting and pointless

John Barilaro’s appointment because the NSW Commerce Commissioner begs the query as to why NSW or every other state wants a commerce commissioner in any respect (“Shortlist for plum NY job was thrown out”, June 21). Commerce negotiations are greatest executed on the nationwide stage (DFAT), making state commissions at greatest a waste of cash and at worst counter-productive since they encourage states to compete towards one another to the only advantage of different events. Larry Case, Turramurra

Was one of many important job standards for the readvertised New York commerce commissioner place “will need to have been deputy premier”? Andrew McIntosh, Newport

These important staff in search of a good wage improve have to be delighted to see Barilaro so handsomely remunerated. What an insult to so many. Denis Suttling, Newport Seashore

One former NSW politician in New York equals about seven registered nurses. I do know which worth for cash I shall be voting for. Rene Vogelzang, Haberfield

Liberal ministers and different supporters needs to be conscious that they aren’t the one individuals outraged. This political choice reveals that regardless of all efforts by Premier Dominic Perrottet and Treasurer Matt Kean to make us imagine there was reform within the state Coalition, issues are nonetheless being executed within the outdated manner. Ian Lewis, Kentucky

Barilaro give up halfway by his prime job at NSW authorities and compelled an costly byelection, claiming public service had taken a toll on him. To show round six months later and be picked as commerce commissioner in New York stinks to excessive heaven. Han Yang, North Turramurra

Simply one other “appointment for mates”. Is likely to be “all above board” however it definitely doesn’t look good.
Haven’t the NSW Liberal and Nationwide events learnt something from their federal colleagues just lately? Helen Simpson, Curl Curl

I’d not prefer to recommend that John Barilaro resigned to take up a submit that he had created however it does recommend that retiring politicians needs to be banned from taking on authorities jobs for no less than one election cycle and we have to evaluation our libel legal guidelines as a result of it looks as if a legit query to ask. Neil Reckord, Toormina

The choice to nominate Barilaro reminds the general public of all of the worst features of the state Coalition.
The impartial motion in NSW shall be invigorated and prepared for the March 2023 election. Elizabeth Boyd, North Balgowlah

New land tax will entrench land tax

Premier Dominic Perrottet is clearly hell-bent on entrenching poverty in NSW along with his land tax (“First home buyers given land tax option in overhaul”, June 21). He’s introducing a tax that everybody in NSW will finally must pay no matter their revenue, poverty ranges or residence possession. Or does he anticipate that future landlords will fortunately pay an annual land tax and never bump up lease costs to cowl it? If Perrottet was actually making an attempt to assist first residence patrons and never property builders then his “reforms” would make the sellers of a property pay the stamp responsibility. They definitely have the cash for it. Carmel Dunn, The Entrance

The answer to stamp responsibility deterring residence buying is easy: solely cost the stamp responsibility when promoting, not buying. Therefore, no further barrier for patrons and stamp responsibility paid when promoting after accumulating capital features. Ian Roberts, Warriewood

After I bought the land on which my humble abode now sits I paid roughly $3000 stamp responsibility which was added to the mortgage and now paid off. Now, if I used to be paying the proposed land tax I’d be paying over $3000 per 12 months. If my property was an funding property that land tax legal responsibility can be considerably decreased as it could be tax deductable. Hardly appears honest to me however does have all of the hallmarks of a income seize. Rob Siebert, Skennars Head

Sport and gender

I’m unsure how Cate Campbell imagines swimming has ever been inclusive of gender-nonconforming cis individuals, not to mention trans and gender various individuals (“Policy balances inclusion, fairness in elite sport”, June 21). Conservative prejudices relating to gender expression makes it’s troublesome for a lot of women and girls to get previous the altering rooms. Now, even when they do, they are going to be greeted with accusations of being “organic males.” Samantha Chung Randwick

Thanks, FINA, for making a troublesome however needed choice; and for reminding us of a fundamental fact that, in our efforts to be good to everybody, we now have forgotten or intentionally ignored you can’t be “for” everybody on the identical time (“Swimming first off the blocks with transgender ban”, June 21). You can not cheer for everybody on the identical time. Give trans athletes their very own class, if that helps. However let’s disabuse ourselves of this fable that everybody can do every little thing in each endeavour, with no boundaries. Is that this a case of discrimination? Sure it’s, on this case, in favour of feminine athletes.
Gus Batley, Tamworth

Toothless tiger

Good to listen to the ideas of an ideal Australian reminiscent of Geoffrey Robertson on the impotence of our dearest worldwide establishments when responding to the barbaric struggle presently being waged by the hedonistic misanthrope Vladimir Putin (“I was blacklisted by Putin, but I’m no Russophobe”, June 21). The powerlessness of the United Nations was highlighted by the unhappy photos of a sulking UN Secretary Common, Antonio Guterres, banished to the tip of the longest of negotiating tables whereas being snarlingly lectured to by the bully boy Putin. This can develop into, like the photographs of a triumphant Neville Chamberlain claiming “peace in our occasions” shortly earlier than the outbreak of WWII one of many defining photos of our age.

It’s clear the UN has been discovered wanting, not for the primary time. I agree with Robertson on the guilt of Putin, however till the guilt of those that dedicated struggle crimes in Iraq are acknowledged, our worldwide establishments shall be diminished, to the detriment of us all. Vincent Sicari, Haberfield

Thank Assange

Julian Assange obtained and printed essential data exposing struggle crimes which embarrassed and angered the USA. This precisely what a journalist does or ought to do (“Quiet diplomacy is best for Assange”, June 21).

He dedicated no crime in doing so. He’s not a citizen of the USA, he was not within the USA and never topic to their legal guidelines. The printed data put no lives in danger. No lives have been misplaced on account of the data being within the public sector. In a simply world he would have been thanked by the USA for exposing, amongst different issues, the heinous crimes dedicated by US troops in killing harmless civilians together with journalists in Iraq. These troops are free whereas Assange has been systematically tortured by our so-called allies. Penny Rosier, North Epping

Failed guarantees

The silver lining of the earlier Coalition authorities’s behavior of creating bulletins then doing nothing, is that we didn’t have extra fuel fired energy stations constructed to run on Australian fuel we are able to’t afford (“Coalition’s $1 billion energy promise fails to power up”, June 21) Graeme Finn, Summer season Hill

Off the rails

The lengthy overdue improve of Central Station seems to be affected by a traditional quango straight out of Sure Minister (“$100m to be stripped from Central Station upgrade”, June 20).
A state authorities creation generally known as the Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) plans to spend $34.5million on consultants over 4 years because it plods in the direction of a revamp, having late final 12 months employed a PR agency to advise it on repairing its battered fame.
Absolutely, somebody holding a accountable authorities submit may have knocked a number of heads collectively for a far cheaper, extra expedient final result. With luck, the shiny, new-look TAHE will full its pared-down revamp of the grand outdated junction earlier than trains develop into redundant. Ray Alexander, Moss Vale

Lettuce write

With the growing frequency of salad pun correspondence despatched to the Herald we actually want a sub-section: Lettuce to the Editor (Letters, June 21). David Baird, Burradoo

Ripe for gripe

Your correspondent gripes about cash spent on making Round Quay “a bit prettier” (Letters, June 21). The traditional Greeks griped about their cash being spent on the Parthenon and my mother and father’ era had the identical gripe in regards to the Opera Home. What’s modified? John Court docket, Denistone

The plan to spend $200 million on turning the Cahill expressway right into a viewing platform is a waste of cash (“Business not in harmony over more Quay promises”, June 21). We are going to nonetheless be left with cramped circumstances on the bottom across the station. Higher to make use of the cash to open up the Quay precinct by eliminating the Cahill expressway altogether. Brad Hughes, Darlinghurst

Drew Barrymore as Gertie with E.T. in the 1982 hit movie.

Drew Barrymore as Gertie with E.T. within the 1982 hit film.

Spatial consciousness

Wow. The realisation that 40 years have handed since ET debuted on the massive display screen: such an alien idea (“E.T. a snapshot of childhood magic”, June 21). Janet Argall, Dulwich Hill

Save Wendy’s

Wendy Whiteley’s home and backyard must be preserved after her loss of life, if solely to cease somebody with a bulging pockets and 0 style shopping for the property for the harbour view, then fully razing the backyard and erecting a multi-level mansion that swallows up the entire block (Letters, June 21). Joan Brown, Orange

The digital view

On-line remark from one of many tales that attracted essentially the most reader suggestions yesterday on
First home buyers given land tax option in stamp duty overhaul
From Dx personal: ″⁣Appears like this concept is gone, completed. Think about making an attempt to squeeze one other $5000 annually for land tax out of the household funds. If you’re a pensioner you’re gonna be ravenous or dwelling with out energy. Not gonna occur. Transfer on to the subsequent thought.″⁣

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