Sweeteners pile up as society’s woes multiply

Campaign ads from both major parties reflect voters’ main concern – i.e. what’s in it for me (“Ads Show Changing Mood in Nation,” April 25) ? Australia has done better than most in recent years, so why change? Nowhere is this more clearly visible than in the response to climate change – if others are concerned, they should do more. In the meantime, I’m fine, and what I do won’t change anything anyway. So much for doing what is best for others and for the world. A related view is that Morrison did his best under difficult circumstances. He’s just a good guy like me. Admittedly, I couldn’t do better. But he should have done better. If anyone has the power to do things, it’s the Prime Minister. But his preference is to do nothing before it’s too late. Parliamentarians should be better than us. This is why they are our leaders. David Rush, Lawson

Too many political ads look like TV commercials for four-wheel drive – strong in emotion, light in fact. This much abused word “freedom” is a favorite. Clive Palmer has already spent millions exercising his freedom to flood us with his version of freedom. It is deeply depressing to think that the winner may not be the advertisement that clearly explains a party’s policy, but the propaganda that arouses the most fear and loathing. On the other hand, it could be something short and simple, like the two words that summed up a nation’s mood in 1972: It’s time. Nick Franklin, Katoomba

Sean Kelly’s take on election ads is so true. Each party launched personal attacks and pushed ideas that few care or even pay attention to. Most are fed up with commercials and no doubt die when constantly repeated on TV or social media platforms. Warning us of the consequences of voting for the other has little effect. Maybe they could focus on some positives and not negatives. Denis Suttling, Newport Beach

The Liberals themselves are Labour’s best advertisement. Morrison rightly continues to tell anyone still listening that we know what we will get under his government. Exactly! Liberal ads claim ‘it won’t be easy under Albanians’ but should read ‘it won’t be easy for Albanians’ because if elected he will have to rectify the dire state of the economy and the nation’s international reputation after a decade of Coalition mismanagement. Alan Marel, North Curl Curl

Wake up: the ticking time bomb

Ross Gittins again drove the point home (“The housing crisis is a threat to the economy, to society, to family ties”, April 25). No party is talking about low house prices and their effect on families and young people. Is it because all the politicians are old or rich or have themselves invested in the housing market? I have two children over 30 and neither has any hope of ever owning a home. When we sell our house, they will probably each be able to afford a small apartment. The pressure is mounting on them, as on all those under 40. Gittins is right: it’s a ticking time bomb that will soon explode. There is deep resentment among young people and no one reacts in parliament. One would think that the Labor Party would be concerned. The Liberal Party is blinded by the lies and the nerve of the Prime Minister. The Reserve Bank just seems like a joke. When will they all wake up? Stephen Wallace, Glebe

It was heartening to read that others understood the importance of housing and job security. In light of the upcoming election, could Ross Gittins provide a list of politicians who also share this view? Anne Kirman, Kellyville

Show you care. I dare

For six years icare underpaid workers’ compensation claims in NSW and did so “knowingly”, according to the state’s auditor general (“Workers to be reimbursed $40m after audit icarus”, April 25). Is there any chance that a current or former minister or premier of the NSW Government will rise to accept responsibility for this reprehensible negligence? Rob Phillips, North Epping

Advocate for respect

Kudos to Ada Cheung (“Let Evidence Fear Not Drive Trans Sports Policy,” April 25) for exposing the absurdity of using transgender children as an election stake. Anyone might think that trans people are looking for an advantage when they only want to be treated with the respect and fairness that everyone should be able to expect. Our identity, and this goes for all of us, is complex and not a matter of choice. If politicians knew (unfortunately, I think they know) or cared (unfortunately, that part is debatable) about the untold damage they are causing to the mental well-being of young people, they might think twice before weaponizing the world again. discrimination. Haven’t we seen enough already? Garry Brown, Killara

A lifetime of challenge

My grandfather was a kind, gentle man who always seemed cautious and restrained. He died when I was seven so I never really understood him. Later research revealed that he survived the trenches in France from 1916 to 1918, the latter part in poor health later diagnosed as meningitis, which persisted for five months until he was hospitalized. He never fully recovered from war and illness. I get it now (“Moments of Resistance to Adversity That Define a War,” April 25): It was more than a moment of defiance. Brian Jones, Leura

Party political pawns

The Deputy Prime Minister had to convince Scott Morrison and Alex Hawke of his desire to return the Murugappan family home to Biloela before it was handed over to the courts for them to decide (“Joyce believes the family should return to Biloela “, April 25). Saying this now is more about Nationals trying to hold on to Flynn’s seat against a powerful Labor challenger. We have long viewed politicians as playing a game of pursuing political advantage rather than working hard to solve the problems of the day. Daniela Catalano, Haberfield

Fancy Campsie

As an avid fan of fiction, I really enjoyed the artist’s impression of the proposed development in Campsie (“MP slams plan of 6300 homes in suburb”, April 25). Wide tree-lined streets, flower-filled gummies and around a dozen of the approximately 400,000 residents who currently live in the LGA go about their business in traffic-free streets. However, look as closely as possible, I couldn’t see any unicorns or flying pigs. John Bailey, Canterbury

Campsie simply does not have the infrastructure to cope with the population increase proposed by the council. Canterbury Hospital needs a major facelift, as does the shopping district. There aren’t enough co-educational schools in the area, but the main concern will likely be increased traffic.
Often one can drive through Campsie faster than by car. All of these ideas coming from a council that many in the region have little faith in. No wonder people are suspicious. Peter Miniutti, Ashbury

Indelible transgressions

Katherine Deves reported that she and her family were threatened (“Deves Says Family Received Death Threats During Debate”, April 25) and it shouldn’t have happened. She also calls for a nuanced and reasoned debate about trans participation in women’s sports and blames Twitter for the vitriol in this debate. It’s not that Twitter is to blame for this, but rather the posts made by people like her. The publication of her now-deleted tweets reveals the misinformed, simply false, cruel and hysterical words she injected into this debate. If she now espouses reason and respect, why did she delete all those poisonous tweets from her account? She can’t undo the hurt and despair she’s caused the trans community by pressing the delete button. Pamela Wood, McMahons Point

Katherine Deves has publicly expressed opinions that most find totally repugnant. However, cowards making death threats to him, and even worse his family, via social media is also a disgusting act that most decent Australians would find abhorrent. Stephanie Edwards, Roseville

Lexicon vexations

I would like to see an end to the mispronounced “comradeship” (Letters, April 25). It has nothing to do with the word “comrade”. Bill Young, Killcare Heights

While we “try” to achieve our goals, it is somewhat proud to say that we will “try and” achieve them. Kathleen Hollins, Northmead

I’m tired of hearing “Right now”. What’s wrong with “now”? Viv Munter, Pennant Hills

What’s up with “sunk”? Coulé is a past participle and not a past tense verb. Am I fighting a losing battle? Darrall Cup, Forestville

When did “fun” become an adjective instead of a noun – like “it was so much fun”? Like a fingernail scratching against a blackboard in my ears. Wendy Crew, Lane Cove North

The pet peeve of my pet weather report is the use of “warmer” or “colder” temperatures. The weather may be warmer or cooler, but the temperatures are higher or lower. My wife is using “that” instead of “who” when referring to people. Lynn Butler, Saratoga

I am launching a campaign to put the ″⁣l″⁣ back into ″⁣vulnerable″⁣. Would anyone like to join me?

Jo Bond, South Melbourne (Vic)

digital vision
Online comment of one of the stories that attracted the most comments from readers yesterday on smh.com.au
‘The reality of our times’: Dutton warns Australians to prepare for war
Since n.p.:″⁣Very disappointed to see this posture for the military vote by Dutton and Morrison on a day of national remembrance.″⁣

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