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PM’s support for Deves will backfire on voting day

Earlier in this federal election campaign it seemed like a blood sport, but now it is more like a political civil war. Lorna Denham, Cardiff Heights

Does Scott Morrison have a problem with women? Absolutely not, unless they go by the name Niki Savva. George Fishman, Vaucluse

Minimum wage rise will help to mend inequality

The fear-mongering by employers and the Morrison government at the idea of ​​a paltry 5.1 per cent wage rise for those on the minimum wage of $20.33 is a sign of what is so tragically wrong with the way we see our Australian society (“Australia must avoid entrenching a US-style ‘working poor’”, May 12). That rise would amount to just over a dollar an hour, or $2100 a year. Compare this to the extra $9000 Morrison is giving high wage-earners in tax cuts, not to mention the extravagant amounts wasted on still-profitable businesses during the pandemic. The sky will not fall in if those below the poverty line have a little more to spend on their families. Inequality is a sickness in our community that affects us all. Bruce Spencer, Balmain

It’s not rocket science: the PM and his ministers do not want workers to receive a wage rise because it’s no skin off their noses. They are doing fine with their meal and travel allowance on top of their exorbitant wages. After 10 years of helping their mates from the big end of town suppress wages and the casualization of the workforce they are going to stick with their big business mates and keep piling on the misery to the working poor. Let’s not forget who cut penalty rates for many workers who were just scraping by under the guise it would get more people into jobs. Dermot Mcintosh, Bacchus Marsh (Vic)

Has there ever been a time when there wasn’t this incessant bleating that a wage rise, no matter how small, was going to send businesses to the wall? Diane Brims, Morpeth

If, as Scott Morrison has claimed, the Fair Work Commission determines the minimum wage, why have wages not risen to match the cost of living over the last decade? One reason is because the recommendations of the commission have been rejected by the government. Gillian Baldwin, Bathurst

Morrison is claiming a 5 per cent pay rise will result in the loss of jobs. But isn’t there a shortage of workers and aren’t businesses crying out for staff? Branco Gaica, Redfern

Anthony Albanese is right to support a decent minimum wage. Any man or woman holding down a job deserves the dignity of being able to support their family without having to rely on government handouts. Philip Bray, Moss Vale

Information gleaned from the latest leaders’ debate informs us that extra cash put into the economy by Coalition tax cuts is good for the economy, but extra cash put in by a Labor wage increase is bad for the economy. Yep, sure PM. Stuart PrattOcean Shores

Leg up property ladder for young

Yet more depressing news for young house buyers, with the average time required to save a deposit being 11.4 years (“It now takes more than a decade to save a home deposit”, May 12). During that time, how could they afford holidays, a wedding, new cars, kids? Here’s a solution – the bank of grandma and grandpa should be exempted from the onerous Centrelink rules that allow only $30,000 in a five-year period to be gifted without penalty. Why not allow cashed-up retirees to provide the entire deposit for their children or grandchildren? It would save relationships and allow young couples to pay off their loan while middle-aged, instead of the day they retire and receive their lump-sum super. Greg CantoriKingsgrove

reign check

With Her Majesty’s health in obvious decline, it is time to again revisit the setting up of an Australian republic (“An heir of transition as Prince steps up”, May 12). After the earlier attempt, it was more or less agreed that the time for this would be when the Queen’s reign was coming to close. Given the organization and huge decisions to be made, is it not time to begin the process of a republic, accompanied by a new national flag – not one holding the Union Jack in a corner as a relic of our former colonial status? Julia Bovard, North Sydney

Regional rail to no-brainer

High-speed rail (HSR) must be regional and not Sydney based (“’Radically faster’: Parramatta at center of NSW’s high-speed rail future”, May 12). The costs associated with the proposed coastal Hawkesbury alignment will be prohibitive. The HSR should be inland, eventually connecting Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane, with HSR eastern connections to major centers including Wollongong, the Sydney Basin, Parramatta and Newcastle. MichaelFox, Pacific Palms

Based on his comment about St Pancras Station at the heart of Greater London, I can offer Minister Stokes a name for the future transport interchange near Parramatta. It’s St Parramatta. Geoffrey Williamson, Woollahra

passing the buck

As both sides of politics and our foreign allies rue the decision to sell the Darwin port, we find that the federal Coalition, with Scott Morrison as treasurer, actively encouraged the deal (“Taxpayers charged $18m for Port of Darwin site”, May 12 ). And the Northern Territory government was rewarded with $20 million of taxpayers’ money after the deal was concluded. Despite this evidence, Morrison, as recently as at the last debate, claims he had nothing to do with the deal. Ross Hudson, Mount Martha (Vic)

When we taxpayers were informed of the eye-watering amounts governments pay for submarines and even the cancellation of submarines, or for JobKeeper payments to large, profitable businesses, we accept that billions of dollars are in play. The port of Darwin was leased to China for just $5 million dollars a year for 99 years. In 2114, when it is again on the market, will anyone realize its true value? Will we be so naive? Lorraine Hickey, green point

Civilized debate at last

The third leaders’ debate was civilized and well-organized (“Hostilities kept in check for final leaders’ debate”, May 12). It held my interest until the end, with undecided voters in key seats having a say. Although it’s no mystery why the public broadcaster doesn’t receive a hosting guernsey when the current PM refuses to be interviewed on the ABC during the election campaign. John Anderson, MacMasters Beach

heritage value

The powers that be should have a hard think about what they are doing to Parramatta (“Green light for Parramatta overhaul”, May 12). There has already been so much history lost from Australia’s colonial breadbasket. Parramatta Council is quite up front about the need for the developers’ dollars. Maybe it should have a look at the charm of Paris, where the height of buildings was legislated to five storeys and large-scale modern development has been restricted to the surrounding suburbs. Any European city with a historic old town would never countenance sticking to a 70-storey tower in the middle of it. Jennifer Indsto, Pennant Hills

There’s nothing “green” about the proposal for development in Parramatta. The plan shows very little green spaces, named public recreation.

Walk around London or Paris, and you’ll find little green parks tucked in everywhere. Even at the back of Notre Dame, in an area which would be some of Paris’ most expensive real estate, there’s a little park with trees and seats and children’s play equipment.

Instead, we’re being inflicted with more phallic towers and sunless wind tunnel streets, and a second-rate museum. Poor Parramatta. Barbara Grant, Castle Hill

The iron-y

In the late 1960s and early ’70s, Lyn Langtry, Australia was interested only in shipping tonnes of iron ore overseas, so who wanted a metallurgist (Letters, 12 May)? The tragedy is that, five decades later, nothing seems to have changed. Around the same time, UNSW was leading the world in photovoltaics – but no-one in Australia was interested, so that expertise went overseas. We are definitely slow learners. David Gordon, Cranebrook


Currently, approximately 300 people are dying in Australia every week from COVID-19. We do not know their names or anything about them, except that they are Australian citizens like you and me. This is equivalent to a plane crash every single week. These numbers could be reduced if everyone in this country wore masks indoors. Are we and our government so callous that we do not care enough about our fellow Australians to do this? Pia Brous, Prahran (Vic)

Paintball’s gold

I suggest including paintball in the Olympics as an alternative to Esports (“To E or not to E: That is the question for the Olympic Games”, May 12). Jenny GreenwoodHunters Hill

climate of change

Why would the Coalition try to hide the Great Barrier Reef bleaching (“Reef authority reverses decision to withhold report”, May 12). Aren’t they proud of their fossil fuel-led recovery from the climate disaster? Greg Thompson, Bega

Many people say that climate change needs action. I ask what are you doing right now to mitigate your personal impact (Letters, May 12)? Stuart Green, Glenbrook

Your correspondent tells us that climate change is a symptom not a cause and that the cause is materialism. Maybe, but that too ignores the elephant in the room – overpopulation.
John Lees, Castlecrag

alarm combo

Elon Musk, Donald Trump, Twitter: can anyone conjure up a more alarming combination (“Musk to lift Trump’s ban from Twitter”, May 12)? Musk evidently sees no problem in reopening the platform to a world leader whose rhetoric generated so much hurt and division. A sorry commentary on Musk’s judgment. Vic Alhadeff, Kirribilli

The digital view

Online comment from one of the stories that attracted the most reader feedback yesterday on
Australian taxpayers paid almost $20 million to sell the Port of Darwin
From Forward thoughtse: ″⁣The government’s asset-recycling scheme – ‘an encouragement to privatize economically productive government assets’. What the Coalition does best.″⁣

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