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Brave Liberals who voted with Labor deserve applause


Tame said we need “proactive, preventative education rather than reactive, Band-Aid, electioneering stunts” to change our society in regard to child sexual assault. The bravery and integrity of Grace and Brittany is inspiring. Moya Gibb Smith, Paddington

It’s been many years since anyone has rattled the rafters of the Press Club with such courage and conviction. Their impassioned plea for change must surely shake a putrefied Parliament into action. Janet Argall, Dulwich Hill

Wouldn’t it be brilliant if Parliament sat up all night to approve all 28 recommendations of the Jenkins report? Now that would be proof of commitment to the campaigns of both Higgins and Tame. Angela Williamson, Exeter

State’s deficit … of transparency

The desperate attempt by the state government and treasury to cover- up the size of the deficit (“Treasury accused of budget cover-up”, February 10) raises two essential questions. Is this state government a poor economic manager, and are state and federal taxes presently insufficient for safe and adequate services? The answer to both questions is undoubtedly “yes”. Poor infrastructure project management leading to huge cost overruns, profligate pork barrelling and reckless expenditure on consultants leaves a bleak record. Relating to taxes, the first state or federal government which makes it quite plain that taxes must rise to maintain our high standard of living is a government which we can finally trust. Geoff Harding, Chatswood

Margaret Crawford for PM. That would inject some integrity into government. Kate Baker, Bensville

Barnacle sinks ship

In a most amusing article by Niki Savva on Barnaby “the Barnacle” Joyce (“PM faced with a difficult Joyce”, February 10), she describes how difficult it is for the prime minister to keep him under water so that any harm he does to both Mr Morrison and the Coalition is kept to a minimum.Near ly three years ago, Barnaby was complaining that he was struggling to support two families on his parliamentary salary of about $210,000 per year so, with increases in inflation, he must be even more desperate to cling on now. Apparently barnacles can be removed, but it is difficult to do so without damaging the vessel. Peter Nash, Fairlight

How Scott Morrison must wish the Liberals could govern in their own right, instead of being reliant on the Nats to scrape into a majority, and having to smile bravely while glossing over whatever indignity or outrage comes from their members’ words or actions. Joan Brown, Orange

The more you scrape, the more it seems the Coalition is all barnacles and no boat. Graeme Finn, Summer Hill

Transport disaster

I don’t drive. I have always been able to easily get wherever I need to go on buses and trains but not since last year. Did the transport department give the planning of bus routes and timetables to a consultant with the brief to make it as hard as possible for anyone to use? Services no longer link, bus stops are far apart with the new “X” buses only stopping at alternate stops. Witness Norton Street, Leichhardt: two stops a long way from each other, and only the 440 stops near Parramatta Road. Why not one or two, all stops, more frequently? Most seats at bus stops are gone and shelters inadequate. If it’s boiling or wet you’ll need your umbrella. Stop names are misleading, giving false hope. The 440, for example, stops at “Central” but no, it doesn’t. It stops at George Street, so lug that bag, or stroller or yourself through cavernous Central Station for a train. I’m moved to write after seeing an elderly woman with a shopping trolley directed by the driver of the 374 to walk back in the rain down Elizabeth Street to the light rail, to go to Maroubra. She was close to tears. I’m not clear on who is responsible now that so much of the bus fleet is to be privately run, but regardless, if you want people to leave their cars at home, fix the timetables and routes. Sally Mair, Hurlstone Park

To travel by bus from Coogee to Martin Place it is now necessary to catch two buses. A second bus, the 333 in Oxford Street, stops at Martin Place. The timetable for the 333 return journey states the bus stops at Martin Place station. This is not so, as the stop is just before King Street. On enquiry to NSW Transport it seems Martin Place station is not seen as a location but embraces a number of bus stands between Hunter Street and King Street. It’s confusing enough for residents. What must it be like for tourists? Jenny Shaw, Coogee

Clearly NSW Government MPs aren’t catching public transport to work; they wouldn’t still be running to a reduced train timetable now that schools have all resumed. Iain Bailey, Asquith

Sharp focus

I have to write my praises and admiration for Alex Ellinghausen, whose photos appear daily in the Herald. He always nails his subjects’ inner qualities. From his photos of Grace Tame, appearing so genuinely happy with a gorgeous glint in the eye, receiving Australian of the Year 2021; to photos of Ms Tame on January 25, 2022, in which her displeasure of PM Morrison is so evident. With magic by his camera, Alex’s photos of our PM are fantastic, somehow always depicting the PM with a smirk. Brilliant stuff, Alex. Thank you. Jacqui Reed, Concord West

That’s not a storm

After moving three years ago I find I have many redundant teacups. Perhaps the government could fill them with their storms while they get on with the business of managing the country? Richard Lynch, Belbora

Uplifting bravery

How uplifting is Theo Boltman’s article (“Don’t mess with our safety net”, February 10)? Showing how support from a religious school can help mould a confident and articulate student who is totally undeserving of hostility meted out by ignorant bullies. Mazel tov to a brave young person. Your potential is unlimited. Wendy Crew, Lane Cove North

Strine adored abroad

I was visiting relatives in Liverpool (the north of England one, not the south-west of Sydney one) and went into the fruit and vegetable shop where the big smiling lass said: “Ooh ahh, you speak like them ones in Neighbours.” (Letters, February 10). My only retort was that I was from Curl Curl, 20 km south of Palm Beach, so I, at best, sounded like them ones off Home and Away. With apologies to my Scouse mum and Glaswegian dad. Chris McGinness, Forster

On starting school in Yorkshire in 1992, our 10-year-old son was begged to “say anything” so his classmates could relish his Aussie accent. But he disappointed them greatly because he had never watched Neighbours and hadn’t a clue what was currently happening “in Australia”. Christina Hart, Ballina

There’s a good reason that Neighbours was shown twice daily on UK television. The poor Poms just couldn’t believe what they’d seen the first time. Jo Bond, South Melbourne (Vic)

The hardest word

The Abbott apology to Julia Gillard (Letters, February 10) will happen the day after John Howard apologises to anyone for anything. Peter Bourke, Rockdale

The digital view
Online comment from one of the stories that attracted the most reader feedback yesterday on smh.com.au
Liberals rebel to protect trans students as Religious Discrimination Bill passes lower house
From 8t7dn34yhb: ″⁣So much about this doesn’t make sense. Rush to put through a bill, then later have the debates and review its impact. The immediate implications of this bill are enormously damaging for many. Exactly why do these people of faith need such urgent protection? And from what? I will no longer call myself a person of faith. My children and I do not need this type of segregation and permission to discriminate.″⁣

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