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No Premier. Evidently, we’re not all on this collectively

No Premier. Evidently, we are not all in this together

Among the many many mysteries of the age are the outcomes of the newest Resolve Political Monitor ballot (“PM on discover to raise recreation as lockdowns put on on nation”, July 21). Scott Morrison has presided over corrupt political funding, a complete botch of the vaccination program, an abrogation of his accountability to make sure local weather change doesn’t destroy future generations and but can nonetheless be most well-liked PM? What is going to he need to do for voters to knock him off his slippery perch? Judy Hungerford, North Curl Curl

One has to marvel what it can take for voters to activate the Morrison authorities. The ballot outcomes present disappointment and despair for Labor supporters. Led by a PM who solely seems when he has a “how good” announcement and a gaggle of lower than distinguished ministers, electors have over latest months been offered with gross incompetence, rorting, laziness, inaction and wholesale dissembling on any problems with concern. But the PM and his authorities stay within the ascendancy. Regrettably the jury has selected the prospect of Anthony Albanese because the nation’s chief permitting the Coalition to proceed to behave with out restraint or integrity. Ross Butler, Rodd Level

What is going to it take for almost all of voters to get up to Morrison? It is unnecessary that he stays most well-liked prime minister and that the Coalition continues to be forward of Labor within the newest survey. The Morrison authorities is lazy, incompetent and morally bankrupt. Rewarding them for his or her gross mismanagement and incompetence can be sheer folly. Graham Lum, North Rocks

It’s not sophisticated. It has been estimated that the price of a purpose-built quarantine facility containing 3000 beds can be roughly $700 million. The current price to the nation of the lockdowns in NSW and Victoria is about $1 billion every week. Towards this our federal authorities has been hopeless in organising the provides and apathetic rollout of our vaccines. We’re all sick of the political video games, we’re sick of the blame shifting. The place is the management to get us out of this mess? Bruce Spence, Balmain

It’s clear out of your figures that the Coalition is on the nostril. What’s additionally clear is that Anthony Albanese isn’t the drover’s canine required to oust him on the subsequent election. Julia Gillard would have wiped the ground with these incompetents. Bruce Hulbert, Lilyfield

Whereas thousands and thousands of us are in lockdown, not seeing our households, shedding our jobs and our psychological well being, I’m glad to see the PM has his priorities sorted. He’s been internet hosting a web based Liberal Get together fundraiser occasion (“Morrison zooms into on-line banking and enterprise chat”, July 21). Josie McSkimming, Coogee

Vitality use wants a brand new regular

Ross Gittins provides us an correct imaginative and prescient for the long run (“Clear the way in which to electrical automobiles”, July 21). Simply as our response to the COVID health-crisis should come earlier than opening up the economic system, so our response to rising temperatures ought to be put forward of a “return to regular”. It’s a false dichotomy to pit one in opposition to the opposite – they go collectively.

We’ve got to maneuver away from our dependence on fossil fuels. The slogan from the 2019 election “that electrical automobiles will take away your utes and your weekend” labored within the brief run however the future calls for extra of our elected leaders. This isn’t a pretend wrestling match with goodies v baddies. Our kids and grandchildren deserve higher. Chris Moe, Bensville

Gittins is true however what we actually must do to cut back emissions is to cut back our use of personal automobiles and vehicles. A transition to electrical traction buses, trams and trains would obtain emission discount extra successfully. To do this, we must surrender our dependancy to travelling when and the place we like in our personal metal and plastic automobiles. Chris O’Rourke, Bathurst

Federal mistreatment

I used to be one of many 1800 girls who utilized for a grant to assist my new startup (“Feminine e-mail”, July 21). I used to be elated on Monday morning after I was emailed that I’d succeeded in my expression of curiosity pitch, then shamed within the afternoon when the e-mail arrived {that a} mistake had been made and I used to be rejected. After a few hours of heavy emotional turmoil, I phoned Lifeline and talked to a counsellor for 10 minutes. Later, I apprehensive there may very well be others with out such fortitude who might have suffered or self-harmed. This morning, I learn that 1799 different girls have been mistreated by the sloppy mishandling by a federal authorities division. Pat Woolley, Little Wobby Seaside

Winter hibernation

Greetings from Orange, the place we will now actually say that we’re all on this collectively (“Circumstances rise as virus detected in areas”, July 21). I don’t know if heavy rain earlier than our lockdown slowed the normal bathroom paper race, however ABC-TV and SBS wimpily reacted by going off the air for a few hours. With icy temperatures forecast for the following a number of days, the urge to simply stick one’s head below the doona for the length might be onerous to withstand. Joan Brown, Orange

It’s puzzling that holding the economic system going is taken into account extra essential than containing the virus. The virus must be contained first so that folks can return to work, spend, exit to meals and leisure and attend varied appointments: all of which retains the economic system going. One full and enforced lockdown for a couple of month as quickly because it was identified that the driving force of the worldwide air crews examined optimistic might properly have saved the on/off lockdowns in Sydney, the deaths of 5 folks and the following unfold to regional NSW and to different states. The a lot wider and longer lockdowns are costing much more than an early and full, however shorter, lockdown. I ponder if recommendation from the enterprise group was thought of earlier than recommendation was sought from public well being officers? Valerie Craig, Orange

Disguising reef dying

Everyone knows the Nice Barrier Reef is disappearing, everyone knows what a loss this might be, not simply financially however to our nationwide spirit (“Australia set to delay UNESCO ‘at risk’ ruling for Nice Barrier Reef”, smh.com.au, July 21). So what has our Surroundings Minister, Sussan Ley, been doing? Flying all over the world making an attempt to persuade members of the UNESCO board to not place an “at risk” ranking on the reef. It seems she has succeeded in delaying this till after the following election. Little doubt there might be champagne corks popping in Canberra. However we’re solely fooling ourselves. Bob Eggleton, Impartial Bay

Resilience of expertise

What a stunning piece of writing by Cat Thao Nguyen describing her household’s expertise as refugees from Vietnam and the way in which they tailored and coped with life in a wierd nation (“My household was made for this lockdown”, July 21). I take my hat off to all of the refugees and their capacity to get on with life and switch their fortunes round typically in an unwelcoming surroundings.

My dad and mom era, having been by means of the Nice Melancholy after which WWII, have been additionally adept at being thrifty and resourceful. In our home there have been at all times cabinets of tinned meals and preserves of fruit and greens saved below the home for emergencies. We may all study from the experiences of the earlier era. Jennifer Carter, Oyster Bay

With a wry sense of humour and a nod to present hoarding obsessions, Nguyen reveals with heat and humour how adversity and hardship breed resilience. It’s a well timed reminder within the day by day refrain of whines from the pampered, privileged and ignorant. Wayne Duncombe, Glebe

COVID Video games

Usually the KPI for the Olympics is the medal tally (“Excessive hopes for our greatest goldhaul since 2004”, July 21). Instances are totally different. I hope that hindsight might be sort and we will look again and all breathe a collective sigh of aid that all of it went properly. Monique Darcy, Davidson

A scandal, in brief(s)

The Norway seaside handball group have been fined for having their members refusing to put on regulation bikini bottoms for his or her latest matches, as a substitute, carrying non-regulation shorts, like bike shorts (“Norway’s seaside handball group fined for carrying shorts as a substitute of bikini bottoms”, smh.com.au, July 21). The newer fashion is definitely fairly flattering, and really sensible: serving to to maintain the sand out of the nether areas of 1’s physique.

If the male counterparts are allowed to put on shorts, why not the ladies? And, if these have been the uniform guidelines previously, why can they not be modified, if the change is for the higher; the lads will not be required to put on a uniform that’s actually shut becoming, so, who makes up these guidelines? Whereas we’re at it, ought to we make all of the swimmers additionally revert to the costumes that have been worn previously? Mia David, Wollongong

Lockdown lyrics

One other Led Zeppelin tune I’d nominate is The Lemon Tune, reflecting the calibre of our political leaders (Letters, July 21). Don Carter, Oyster Bay

Whereas the Led Zeppelin songs are good strategies, I’m extra considering The Remedy. Ian Fowler, Asquith

Sadly, the lockdown tune for a lot of companies must be One other One Bites the Mud. Kate Smith, Frenchs Forest

For additional listening I counsel No person Instructed Me There’d be Days Like These. Sue Adams, Dulwich Hill

State of affairs irregular

Engaged on the Herald’s cryptic crossword I used to be amused to see the clue “normality distorted as enjoyable” (Puzzles, July 21). The reply describes our lives since March 2020: the acronym SNAFU which means State of affairs Regular, All Fouled Up. It arose in World Struggle II and it’s nonetheless applicable. Barry Laing, Fortress Cove

Pregnant pause

Like hundreds of others ready 4 days or extra for COVID check outcomes, I developed sturdy emotions of anger and frustration. I used to be consumed by doubt in regards to the capacity of personal testing laboratories to deal with the massive quantity of exams and the impact this may occasionally have on correct diagnoses. After lastly receiving my outcomes I now want to retract these ideas of animosity. Nice information: I’m pregnant. Col Burns, Lugarno

The digital view

On-line remark from one of many tales that attracted essentially the most reader suggestions yesterday on smh.com.au
Slim majority of voters desires lockdowns phased out as vaccination price grows
From The actual CP: ″⁣I’m nonetheless staggered that 21 per cent say they won’t get vaccinated. What do they assume will occur to them, and our well being providers, after we open up?″⁣

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