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Choice is clear: vision or mismanagement

Regardless of the consequence, I hope that the federal government for the following three years isn’t decided by the politician who has placed on the very best efficiency within the six-week election circus. Please let it come all the way down to insurance policies, honesty and integrity. Eric Sekula, Turramurra

Shark assault

Your correspondent suggests if issues don’t go nicely for the bulldozer at present, a brand new profession awaits as tackling coach for the Cronulla Sharks (Letters, Might 20). Quite the opposite, we true lifelong Sharkies will probably be celebrating his return to Randwick as he re-joins his beloved rah-rah rugby group.
Tony Ramsay, Armidale

Position enjoying

Operation Mincemeat is at present screening in cinemas. Albo and ScoMo have main roles. Helen Moran, Woollahra

Creative genius

The highlights of the election marketing campaign for me, and little doubt many different Herald readers, have been the excellent cartoons produced by Cathy Wilcox, Shakespeare and different sensible wits. An enormous thanks for retaining us sane. Margot Vaccari, Berowra

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Morrison missing in legacy? What higher legacy can there be than saving the nation throughout its darkest days since WWII? Just like the battle, lives have been misplaced, however nowhere close to the numbers sustained by different nations. Let’s pray the incoming prime minister throughout his quick keep within the Lodge just isn’t confronted by the identical grave selections that have been addressed by his predecessor. George Fishman, Vaucluse

It’s solely pure: loss of life just isn’t an enemy

Finally, our rulers have taken a primary step in direction of assisted dying, to a society the place an individual can finish their life on the time of their selecting, alone or within the firm of family members (“Supporters welcome ‘the day compassion won’“, Might 20). And with out the necessity for medical doctors, attorneys or clergymen. A society the place loss of life just isn’t seen as an enemy, to be fought to the final breath, however embraced because the pure and inevitable finish of life. Ross Carlton, Wyoming

Thanks to everybody concerned in making voluntary assisted dying occur in NSW. My spouse died an terrible loss of life from motor neurone illness and she or he deserved the selection. And therein lies the crux of the difficulty – alternative. To people who campaigned and voted towards assisted dying, you continue to have your alternative. You’ve got misplaced nothing. Iain Muir, Engadine

The passage of the VAD invoice is a victory for widespread sense. After all, there are at all times those that would search to forestall folks from being allowed to manage their very own lives. Each time laws of this type is adopted, they predict horrifying penalties. When same-sex marriage was accredited by the Australian group, these similar folks warned that the sky would fall in. Regardless of their hysteria, nothing untoward occurred. So it is going to be with VAD, and we will probably be a extra caring group due to it. Derrick Mason, Boorowa

After witnessing the insupportable ache and struggling my aged mom went by earlier than her loss of life from pancreatic most cancers, I applaud the NSW state parliament resolution to make VAD lawful. Nobody ought to must expertise the trauma of a beloved one dying in such an undignified and horrible method. No quantity of counselling can put together you for the expertise. Individuals ought to die with dignity. Rajend Naidu, Glenfield

The passing of the VAD invoice will open a Pandora’s field. By lifting the lid on the invoice, we is not going to be spared its inexhaustible, evil permutations. It’s a false hope that legalising folks to be assisted in ending their life will make our society extra humane. Advocates have forgotten why hope was left in Pandora’s field. Lynette Osborn, Marrickville

Thanks, Alex Greenwich and Andrew Denton. Ben Dryza, Newtown

COVID a missed alternative for unis to recast themselves

The brand new UNSW vice chancellor believes the pandemic gave the sector “an opportunity to reset; to forged off outdated habits and develop higher methods of working” (“NSW’s universities emerge from pandemic more united”, Might 20). Many within the sector in the course of the pandemic, together with “exhausted teachers and alienated college students from campus” mightn’t agree.

The sector, underneath the questionable excuse that it “was excluded from the federal authorities’s JobKeeper subsidy”, has arguably used the pandemic as a possibility for mass shedding of hundreds of “exhausted teachers” who’ve made long-term contributions to the sector, imposing a number of questionable restructures and redundancies, and sustaining insecure workers casualisation and fixed-term contracts. To college students – our youngest daughter has struggled by two years of her diploma in whole “on-line” isolation, whereas accumulating the identical HECS money owed for distant research financed and supported by our non-public assets and infrastructure.
Vice chancellors ought to have organised a “reinvigorated co-operation” between themselves means earlier than the pandemic to battle the sustained failure of governments to fund them correctly, which has diverted their focus to worldwide scholar income and made them extra akin to non-public companies than public pillars of upper studying. Robyn Dalziell, Kellyville

Present some care

Aged care is again on the agenda (“Sector in crisis: 60,000 vacancies nationwide”, Might 20). More cash and better wages can be good. However aged care residents know that what is required is rather more nuanced. Extra care hours would assist, however what is required relies on the composition of the residents. Some want rather more consideration than others; and this modifications over time. One measurement doesn’t match all. The necessities must be assessed regularly, say month-to-month, and the funding of care hours adjusted accordingly. Scheduling is crucial. Some durations demand higher assets than others. Late within the night, for instance, there’s an ideal demand for help. This means the necessity for subsidised transport for late-night workers. Expenditure on meals is beneficial, however it’s what is definitely eaten that issues. There’s a lot waste in care houses. What we’d like is a authorities that understands the true state of affairs and doesn’t conveniently pigeonhole aged care.
Alex Fleck, Surry Hills

The value is mistaken

The failure to do something to restrict the absurd will increase in home costs is a monumental coverage failure that’s destroying folks’s lives (“Falling house prices mean carnage … so why would

politicians solve housing affordability?”, Might 20). A whole lot of hundreds of Australians are

Illustration: John Shakespeare

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continually anxious about their capability to pay the mortgage or the hire. Many renters see their state of affairs as lifelong. Homelessness is rising. On the opposite facet, the wealth of many dwelling homeowners has grown dramatically. Housing has turn out to be the important thing division in Australia and the adverse penalties are manifold. Alan Morris, Eastlakes

Is progress good?

You elevate an vital subject (“Why no one is talking about migration during the election campaign”, Might 20). A purpose is that migration is the foremost reason behind inhabitants progress and that this imposes giant prices. These contain infrastructure upgrades, city congestion, housing demand, air pollution and, importantly, environmental degradation. We have to realise that our socioeconomic system is simply a subset of the ecological atmosphere that gives our life assist and should due to this fact be protected as the highest precedence if future generations are to outlive and flourish. This dependency challenges the unquestioned “progress is sweet” mantra that has warped our considering however ought to have handed its use-by date way back, if sustainability is paramount. Alan Jones, Narraweena

Two sides to Dahl’s story

What a feast of magical literature your correspondent’s household have missed in not being uncovered to Roald Dahl’s magnificent oeuvre (Letters, Might 20). He was not merciless. Quite the opposite, his sense of justice was at all times on the coronary heart of his tales.
The odd, the opposite, the poor have been at all times victorious. The merciless, the heartless have been trounced, the meek and type have been vindicated. My sons, reluctant readers at first, turned eager readers when launched to Dahl. My grandchildren love studying his tales and they’re nonetheless bedtime favourites – “Are you able to learn The BFG once more and do the humorous voices?”
Youngsters have at all times picked their noses and loved fart jokes; studying Dahl’s tales is not going to additional kids’s-slide into so-called vulgarity. Kate Elderton, Toronto

Roald Dahl not solely regarded himself as “anti-Israel, not anti-Jew” but additionally acknowledged his antisemitism in an article in The Impartial in 1990 (“Racist bully? Much-loved author? The conundrum of Roald Dahl”, Might 19).
It’s tough to argue in any other case within the face of his quite a few offensive statements, such because the time he informed The New Statesman, “There’s a trait within the Jewish character that does provoke animosity … Even a stinker like Hitler didn’t simply decide on them for no purpose”; his reference to “nice Jewish monetary establishments” purportedly controlling the US authorities; and his appalling slur that in his service in WWII, Jewish troopers have been tough to search out.
In December 2020, his descendants revealed an apology on the official Roald Dahl web site for “the lasting and comprehensible harm brought on by Roald Dahl’s antisemitic statements. These prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked distinction to the person we knew.“
There is no such thing as a ambiguity – not in Dahl’s thoughts or for anybody accustomed to Dahl’s writings and musings.
Jeremy Jones, Director of Neighborhood and of Worldwide Affairs, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

Redundant and reviled

Your correspondent asks if readers can assemble a sentence utilizing “truly” (Letters, Might 19). For emphasis – he truly anticipated folks to write down their responses, so I’ve. Tom Meakin, Port Macquarie

Are you able to assemble a sentence the place “truly” provides which means? Nicely, truly, I can’t. Jim Hyndman, Fillans

Really, the pointless companion phrase to “truly” is “actually”. It, too, is misused so as to add emphasis, fairly actually. Matthew Gibbs, Leichhardt

“Principally” just isn’t solely a redundant adverb however on one notable event led to downright confusion (Letters, Might 20). Residing in Germany, certainly one of our colleagues was requested by a perplexed German why everybody appeared obsessive about “bicycles”. It didn’t take lengthy to grasp that pleonasm and the Aussie accent have been at play. Elizabeth Maher, Bangor

Starting sentences with “now” and punctuating a story with extreme use of “like” are each mainly, and completely, pointless. Robert Caraian, Crows Nest

I usually revile redundant phrases after I’m travelling in a southbound route. Meredith Williams, Northmead

And by way of ineffective phrases and phrases, what about “by way of”? John Burman, Port Macquarie

Postscript

“Congratulations to the Sydney Morning Herald for its goal however understated editorial in Friday’s version. The explanations it really helpful a change in authorities have been forthright and nicely reasoned. The newspaper has proven it’s nonetheless impartial and a newspaper of integrity,” wrote Terry Hannan of Bowral, echoing the phrases of tons of of correspondents.

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As at all times, a couple of did have some criticism: the editorial was “meek” in its assist of Anthony Albanese. “Labor deserved higher than the Herald’s grudging endorsement. For these not paying consideration, Labor’s marketing campaign was all about imaginative and prescient, integrity, inclusiveness and compassion. Hopefully, Australia will vote for a return to decency. Integrity is the cornerstone of excellent management and with out it we can’t succeed,” wrote Graham Lum of North Rocks. A small variety of letter writers additionally believed we have been backing the mistaken get together.

As a former editor defined after an enormous reader backlash to an editorial supporting the Coalition at a state election, the Herald has been endorsing one facet or one other for greater than 100 years, since main political events first got here into existence. Within the first six a long time following federation, it at all times supported the election of a conservative authorities. The Herald has solely endorsed the federal Labor Get together for election six instances beforehand – 1961 (Calwell), 1984 and 1987 (Hawke), 2007 (Rudd), 2010 (Gillard) and 2019 (Shorten).

However whereas correspondents could disagree with editorial route, I’m certain most, if not all, are joyful the marketing campaign is over, regardless of the consequence will probably be. As Eddy Lange of Ashfield wrote: “No extra pretend hair washing, pretend truck driving, uncooked curries and bulldozers knocking over kids. All of us deserve higher than this nonsense.” Pat Stringa, letters editor

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