If Morrison can fool the French, why can’t we?



Maybe Macron should have spoken to Malcolm Turnbull before accepting Scott Morrison’s assurances? Dawn Comninos, Brontë

No advice needed on Porter, it was obvious he had to go

The Prime Minister’s claim that he is ready to make “tough decisions” regarding Christian Porter accepting an unspecified sum of money from an unknown source for his legal costs has been belied by what ‘he did and, more importantly, didn’t after Mr Porter revealed the “giveaway” last week (“Christian Porter resigns from frontbench”, smh.con.au, Sept. 19). It was patently wrong for Mr Porter to accept such a gift and expect to stay in cabinet, so why did the Prime Minister ask the secretary of the Prime Minister’s Department and Cabinet to decide the matter? Did Mr. Morrison believe that there were any circumstances in which such gifts might be acceptable? Maurice Critchley, Kenthurst

According to Mr. Morrison, “… [Porter] took the decision that errs in the way of respecting the highest standards ”. Truly? Again left to the Minister, without limits or standards set by the Prime Minister. I think “the highest standards” and the “Morrison government” are oxymoron concepts. John Burman, Port Macquarie

So what’s next for Porter – a diplomatic post perhaps? Beatrice Scheepers, Leichhardt

On two occasions this year we have seen the Prime Minister refer important matters to his own service “for opinion”, in the cases of Brittany Higgins and Christian Porter. Both should have taken a maximum of 24 hours to resolve. Instead, the head of the department did god knows what. I think he should have a performance review. Ian Shepherd, Elizabeth Bay

Why did the Prime Minister need to seek legal advice about Christian Porter accepting an anonymous donation to help pay his legal bills when this behavior was clearly unacceptable by our standards of accountability? This action would have only obscured the case or worse, presented weasel legal words designed to defend the indefensible. Leo Sorbello, West Ryde

Scott Morrison’s indecision as to what to do about Christian Porter’s acceptance of an anonymous payment in trust for his legal fees illustrated his inability to deal with the problematic issues. This Porter’s problem was not so easy to pass on or make go away by ignoring it, as it usually does. Yet a prime minister who “strongly believes in ministerial standards” shouldn’t need time at all to see that Porter should go. Christine Perrott, Armidale

The Prime Minister asked if it would be acceptable for Christian Porter to remain in the cabinet if he reimbursed the anonymous donation. The problem was knowing who to reimburse it to. Charmain Brinks, Newcastle

The MP’s ambition is not a bad word

Is Kristina Keneally ambitious (“Keneally’s relentless ambition hurts Labor”, September 18-19)? Of course she is. The relevant question with regard to the ambition of any politician is to know what he aspires to achieve and on behalf of whom. Is Keneally relentless? I hope so.
Politics is a difficult game and the weak fall by the wayside. When was the last time you heard of a politician condemned in the media for his ambition? You can object to NSW Labor’s endorsement of Keneally in Fowler on a number of grounds – a woman’s ambition is not one of them. Amanda Lohrey, Falmouth (Tas)

I have noticed a difference in the Labor Party preselection battle at Fowler’s headquarters compared to the past. This time, many people on the left and right of the party support the ante, seeing her as an articulate and energetic speaker. However, within my circle of ethnic and Labor-supportive acquaintances and friends, there is a different perspective about Keneally. They oppose her being forced to settle in the community of the western suburbs at the expense of Tu Le, a local who lives and works in this area.
It seems that the predominantly English speaking members of the right and left still do not seem to understand that cultural diversity within the party is required and that the days when a beautiful articulate Anglo white person was sent to represent predominantly areas. multicultural is a thing of the past. The ALP’s decision to place Keneally in Fowler is a mistake. Con Vaitsas, Ashbury

Not all points of view are created equal

I’m obviously missing something with your correspondents and journalists, not to mention the mayors of the “hot spots”, all complaining about the uneven experience of COVID-19 (“So fresh air is good for people on the edge of sea ​​but not the worrying LGAs? September 18-19) – because society is uneven, even in normal times. Marx tried to solve this problem in the 19th century and we all know how well it worked. If Bondi Beach is less than three miles from your tiny apartment, why not go for a swim and sunbathe? As John Laws said in the 1960s, society will never be equal because not everyone can have a house with a water view. Sad but true. Lyndall Nelson, South Turramurra

Hold 90%

There is strong evidence that a 90% vaccination rate before the restrictions are significantly lifted will make a huge difference in reducing COVID-19 deaths, long-lasting cases of COVID, and unrelated suffering and death. COVID caused by overwhelmed hospitals (“Worst affected by Fairfield shows signs of reversal”, September 18-19). It will also protect whole swathes of health workers from mental anguish. Ninety percent can certainly be reached quickly given the coming flood of vaccines and pent-up demand. With the number of deaths on the rise, now is the time to act with more caution. Brewis Atkinson, Tyabb (Vic)

Square plug, round hole

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello offers Siena in Italy and its magnificent Piazza del Campo as a model for Sydney’s open-air push (“Outdoor Strategy to Revive Sydney”, September 18-19) and lightly asserts (we hope) that: “Even Piazza del Campo started with a guy, a glass of wine and a good idea. But the Campo was an urban planning exercise of the Council of the Nine of Siena in the 13th century. It remains original to this day – with no added furniture – people happily laid down on its alcohol-free medieval bricks. Restaurants line the edge but are barely noticeable. Will NSW emulate and keep Sydney’s great public spaces open? Linda Bergin, Millers Point

Sense of playground duty

I fear that I did not feel quite the same as your correspondent (Letters, September 18-19) with regard to the duty of recreation when I was teaching. Indeed, when I moved to London in the late 1960s and found that parents were paid to come and do such chores, I was absolutely delighted. I did indeed have time to have lunch without suffering from indigestion, to go to the bathroom and even to leave the school grounds without fear of the weather changing and I had to run home. The play area supervisors even helped the kids get dressed for all weather, allowing the kids to get out in the fresh air regardless of the weather. Alas, back to teaching in Sydney this was once again what is considered the norm here. Mary Lawson, Marrickville

Support tailored to people with dementia

Dementia Action Week, a time to focus on the needs of people with dementia and their caregivers, begins today. In Australia, dementia is the second leading cause of death and the leading cause in women. About 436,000 people have dementia and 70 percent of people with dementia live in the community. According to Dementia Australia, if no cure is found, 1.1 million people will have dementia by 2058. People with dementia have more physical health problems than others of the same age. They have more hospitalizations than other seniors and have died disproportionately during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dementia Friendly Communities promote acceptance and inclusion of people with dementia and their caregivers so that they can live the best possible quality of life. Is Your Community Supportive of Dementia? Meg Pickup, Ballina

State status

We have a new logo ideal for NSW license plates (Postscript, September 18-19): State of Disappointment. Col Shephard, Yamba


Given Quade Cooper’s magical second performance, leading to yet another Wallabies victory over the Springboks, consult Tony Abbott about restoring Imperial Honors so we can bestow Cooper a knight. David Griffiths, Wollongong

Hell jingle

By suggesting that Australians abroad could return home before Christmas (“Stranded could return for Christmas”, September 18-19), the NSW government avoided specifying which Christmas. Tim Parker, Balmain

One step forward

Perhaps now that the French have withdrawn their ambassador, we have the opportunity to consider reclaiming La Pérouse and changing the name to Gooriwal, by which the Muruora-dial knew the area before 1788. Brian O’Donnell, Burrado

The darkness is changing

An excellent idea from your correspondent (Letters, September 18-19) to identify Twitter users. After all, everyone knows that trolls cannot survive in the light. Randi Svensen, Wyong

The digital view
Online commentary for one of the stories that attracted the most reader comments yesterday on smh.com.au
Australia’s foreign policy is getting clumsy and arrogant
Of Smelly: ″ ⁣I thought France was a modern western democratic nation. A strategic partner in our region who would be a good ally against the future Chinese superpower. Canceling a major mutual defense contract with them and signing another long-term contract with the US and UK without telling them has left us tactically devoid of modern submarines for decades and alienates a key strategic ally in our country. region. All of this for what feels like a Scotty’s saber rattle to me, it’s dangerous and puts short-term political communications over long-term national goals. ″ ⁣

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