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Monarchy v republic, a family past its time?

Restoring dignity
As Jacqueline Maley writes (12/6) Peter Dutton is not on cue for a more reasoned and instructive new parliament. Already his statements are simplistic: referring to ″⁣the forgotten people″⁣, reminds one of Donald Trump’s cache of climate denialists, racists and conspiracy theorists. If it is his intention to foster division he needs to be very cautious. There seems to be a sigh of relief, now that the Liberal government has gone. It is hoped the new parliament with energy, purpose, accountability and transparency will redeem the dignity of governing that has been lost over many years.
Judith Morrison, Nunawading

This would be progress
The renewed calls for gas producers and exporters to be hit with a tax on windfall profits gave me a thought; why isn’t company tax progressive? We take it for granted (or, at least, most people do) that progressive income tax rates are fairer than a flat rate so why not apply the same to business?
By doing so “windfall profits” would be automatically subject to a higher rate of taxation than “normal” profit and it could lower the tax burden on new businesses that are still growing. I’m sure coming up with the necessary metrics using some combination of turnover and profit isn’t beyond the ability of Treasury and the ATO. It might be worth looking at given the challenges the budget is facing.
Mick Cahill, Fitzroy North

Obstacle missed
Stephen Brook (12/6) misses the biggest obstacle to a republic, which is a lack of a reason for the change other than anti-British prejudice. He rightly explains how our present governors-general could be nominated by the states and voted on by the public, but apart from the expense the result is unlikely to differ from the prime minister gaining a sense of popular opinion. We already elect our premiers and prime ministers who do not need Zelensky-like leaders to rouse the nation.
Norman Pollack, Armadale

Survey the non-attending
It would be more effective for the AFL to survey/canvas the opinions of those fans not attending matches rather than those who are.
Richard Sykes, Bell Park

More AFL education
Bailey Smith’s admission that the contents of the bag of powder in the social media image are in fact illicit drugs are a credit to his determination to seek redemption for his sins. However, the AFL and its so-called drug education program again require closer examination. There is enough social media “noise” to suggest that this is a widespread problem.
The use of illicit drugs would lead many a person to lose their job and would lead to police intervention and charges being laid. Are AFL footballers above the law? Does the AFL believe that its players are above the scrutiny of the justice system?
I’d suggest that serious sanctions be considered to remove this drug scourge from the game we all love and to encourage all AFL players to really consider the consequences of their actions.
Anything less is just a “wet lettuce” approach to a serious health issue.
Andrew Dowling, Torquay

Keep it fresh and local
While some in the media are concerned about the cost of iceberg lettuces produced in NSW and Queensland, with lettuce produced in Victoria it is a different story with locally grown iceberg lettuces selling for $3 each at farmers’ markets, one large local producer stated on ABC Melbourne Radio on Saturday morning (11/6). It is important that vegetable-growing areas close to our cities are not taken over by housing developers after being allowed to do so by thoughtless government land releases. Fresh is best and it should be local where possible. Local produce is cheaper to transport to nearby cities too.
Adrian Jackson, Middle Park

Stain on the system
The latest expose of systemic corruption at Tasmania’s Ashley Youth Detention Centre is further proof – following the harrowing revelations by Dylan Voller of egregious maltreatment at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre – that the manner in which these facilities are run is nothing short of derelict and an abject failure in statutory duty of care (“Isolation. Strip-searches. Rape: Inside a Tasmanian youth detention centre”, 11/6.) Notably, underlying the systemic ″⁣cover-up″⁣ of sexual and other abuse of vulnerable children and teen detainees is the maladaptive culture that allowed it to flourish demonstrated in the vile abuse that brave whistleblower Alysha was subjected to in an attempt to silence her.
But just as Dylan Voller’s voice could not be silenced, Alysha’s voice has helped to reaffirm the message that youth detention centres (ie as they currently operate) are not fit for purpose and are nothing more than barbaric warehouses for socially disadvantaged young people.
And, it goes without saying, that the Ashley Youth Detention Centre should be shut down post-haste.
Jelena Rosic, Mornington

Scrap the outing mentality

There was nothing ″⁣cautious″⁣ or ″⁣respectful″⁣ putting Rebel Wilson on notice she would be outed in two days (The Age, 11/6). What would have been respectful was leaving someone navigating their sexuality to reveal their personal relationship in their own time. I’m glad Rebel decided to take away the intended ″⁣exclusive″⁣.
LGBTIQ+ people have the highest rates of both suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in Australia, being outed, or the fear of such contributes to this directly. Outing should be redundant, as society should no longer stand for it.
Jess Diaz,

Not everyone is lucky
Jewel Topsfield’s article (6/6) was a tragic reminder how disgracefully we as a city and more broadly the nation treat the disadvantaged people in our society. Having been involved in emergency relief for many years in the western suburbs of Melbourne and in Adelaide many clients seeking help prefer to live in their cars or on the streets rather than stay in boarding houses or some motels. Asked why, their reply is that the conditions are simply appalling in these accommodation areas with easy drug availability. For a country that considers itself wealthy and lucky, that applies only to those who have the basic luxury of having a roof over decent accommodation. In the meantime whilst the government considers what they can spend our money on these citizens continue to waste their lives in the endless pursuit of living day to day.
Bruce MacKenzie, South Kingsville

What is fair?
Australians seem unsure about adopting universalism as the basis of government assistance for welfare, health and education. While some schemes such as Medicare enjoy strong public support, others are subject to extensive means testing. This inconsistency is often linked to differing interpretations of ″⁣fairness″⁣.
Similarly, it is not hard to anticipate the objections if the pension was simply paid to everyone who reached a certain age, regardless of their assets or income. ″⁣That’s not fair! Why should wealthy older people get the pension?″⁣
Rod Wise,
Surrey Hills


It’s time the AFL (or any sport for that matter) came down hard on those players who bring the game into disrepute – don’t just fine them, show them the exit door forever.
Margaret Sullivan, Caulfield North

Are AFL footballers deeply ashamed before they’re caught or only after?
Adrian Tabor, Point Lonsdale

By all means praise porridge for breakfast (12/6). But for absolute winter comfort and good health, don’t forget chicken soup for dinner.
Myra Fisher, Brighton East

Now the Biloela family is safely home, we need many more of these fine, grateful, industrious people, to bring more life to our communities.
Charles Laycock, Castlemaine

Submarine settlement costs the government $3.4 billion, the opposition estimate was $5.5billion. Peter Dutton, who claims to be the better economic manager, said this payment was too generous. Go figure.
Sean Geary, Southbank

Compensating the French, fine tuning deportation to NZ, returning the Biloela family. All done without the need for empathy training. That’s the difference.
Joan Segrave, Healesville

After decades of supporting evidence, the Energy Security Board still finds the transition to renewables to be mind-boggling. We urgently need new minds to address these issues.
Ken Machin, Grovedale

Will the ICAC light find some dodgy figures hiding behind some of the LNP’s “pork barrels”?
Paul Chivers, Box Hill North

This decade’s most overexposed and degraded word is surely woke.If you dislike certain people or ideas, label them woke and they magically disappear into oblivion. Maybe replace with enlightened.
Kevin Burke, Sandringham

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