Your correspondent (letter, October 7) prioritizes the return of “trapped Afghans” and Julian Assange over “ISIS girls and youngsters”. These poor youngsters had been by no means ISIS. Our nationwide anthem says “we now have boundless grounds to share”, not “bonds to share”. So convey all of them residence, I say. Kent Mayo, Uralla
Sorry to say that like Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall, Willow Grove won’t ever be put again collectively once more (Letter7 October). Gary Horvai, Pennant Hills
It’s going to in all probability take the identical period of time as ready for the Nationwide Parks and Wildlife Service to listen to when Willow Grove will probably be rebuilt, till the momentary COVID price charged for tenting in most parks is lifted. Michael McFadden, Karila
“Folks earlier than vegetation”? Has younger Scotty Morrison, the swindler and well-known slogan slave, discovered himself a brand new job? Invoice Younger, Killcare Heights
over the rainbow
Rainbow speak (Letter, 7 October) bought me desirous about Rainbow Road, which connects Kingsford and Randwick. As a toddler, it was arduous work driving a motorbike from Rainbow Road Faculty to the summit, from the place the bikes had been pushed down the steep descents into Kingsford. Bob Phillips, Cabrita
my kitchen guidelines
Your picture of a rental kitchen appears to be like loads like my perpetually morning kitchen (‴‘Actually, actually horrible’: Critical choice for renters as vacancies dry up”, smh.com.au, 7 October). Possibly individuals within the seventies see the world otherwise? Keith Russell, Mayfield West
Flood Answer: Why Not Unplug Sackville Gorge?
I applaud Susan Templeman’s name for some aspect considering on constructing the Warragamba Dam wall (“For a safer Warragamba, decrease the dam’s water stage”, 7 October). He might have opened the floodgates for a extra refined answer to the Hawkesbury/Nepean floods. Elevating the wall by 14 meters is clearly on the nostril politically and environmentally, and reducing the utmost water top by 12 meters is dangerous to provide safety. So why not re-think the choice of (say) elevating the wall by three metres, reducing the utmost stage by three metres, and, crucially, unplugging the first reason behind the Sackville Gorge’s flooding? Peter Russell, Coogee
I am shocked that the Parrot authorities hasn’t employed anybody to dredge the dam to make it 14 meters deep. Maybe the Prime Minister can delegate this process to Matt Keane, who’s an modern thinker and by no means places politics in entrance of the setting. Philip Bell, Bronte
What’s the Labor plan associated to the Warragamba Dam – Perrotate as we all know will lead the opposition within the subsequent election? Zuzu Burford, Heathcote
Earlier than the final state election, Gladys Berejiklian ensured that the destruction of a stadium started. Maybe this was executed in order that the work needs to be carried ahead if the election is misplaced. Perrot’s “quick monitoring” seems to be in the same mildew to the considering of the Warragamba nuisance. Begin it earlier than the election so it has to go on. Peter Thompson, Grenfell
Elevating the wall by 14 meters would put an enormous pressure on the dam. Has anybody calculated whether or not the present construction is able to this development? If not, a future dam collapse will lead to extra flooding than any earlier catastrophe. Richard Kirby, Campbelltown
I bear in mind, in mid-zero, Sydney skilled dry years and Warragamba sank to unprecedented lows. This provoked a knee-jerk response to hunt another provide of water, and so the desalination plant was constructed as a back-up. It has hardly ever been used. Now we now have the other with an extra of water, so this time the knee-jerk response is to boost the wall of the dam. I will wager Sydney will go right into a dry interval once more within the subsequent few years and we’ll all be wanting on the water stage 20 meters or so beneath the costly new wall. David Hellstrom, Wehronga
trolled on toll
I learn Margot Saville’s opinion on the toll this week with some curiosity (“Who will the tolls vote for in NSW”, 6 October). Saville broke down the various false-truths being unfold by the NSW Labor opposition and the NSW Greens. She stated households are paying “as much as $6000 per yr in tolls”. The supply of this determine is a analysis fee by the NSW Labor Celebration to help its scare marketing campaign on the toll. Who did the analysis? Alpha Beta. Analyst? Andrew Charlton, who later grew to become the federal Labor MP for Parramatta. Here’s what Saville remembered. The NSW Liberal authorities has a toll waiver scheme. Beginning January, eligible motorists will rise up to 40 p.c again on their toll payments from July 1, saving them as much as $750 per yr and benefiting practically half one million individuals. Earlier this yr, the federal government introduced a toll evaluate to take a look at the whole community and the way we will enhance the pricing system. Saville additionally complained in regards to the lack of public transport and infrastructure in our metropolis, with the quantity of labor occurring within the Inside West close to the place she lives, together with the brand new Sydney Metro line connecting Parramatta to town. . On condition that she admitted that she hardly ever leaves her home throughout the week, Saville could possibly be forgiven for holding this slim (and contradictory) view. Each the brand new metro line and the Roselle interchange will cut back journey occasions for households way more distant than the internal west, together with these residing in western, southern and north-west Sydney. Final week, I used to be on the Western Sydney Management Dialogue. Astonishing modifications have taken place in western and south-west Sydney over the previous 15 years, and it’s important that we proceed to make it enticing for individuals to reside, work and play in our outer suburbs. These are the individuals we’re desirous about every single day. Natalie Ward, Metropolitan Roads Minister
want surgical procedure
What an answer to overcrowded emergency departments, reasonably priced main care, pharmacy prescribing, insufficient regional well being and even aged care failures (“Well being Minister retaliates on claims of docs’ investigation”, October seventh? An skilled, effectively funded, effectively serviced and valued basic follow. It’s a medical department that has been in decline for over a decade and is essentially resulting from authorities coverage or mismanagement. Rowan Godwin, Roselle
Let’s get some stability within the NSW well being debate. I’m not saying that there are not any unacceptable delays in state hospitals. However after I broke my knee cap at Hornsby Hospital’s emergency division final Thursday night, I used to be X-rayed inside half an hour, and operated on in lower than 36 hours. I used to be admitted as a public or personal affected person, it did not matter the timing. The employees in any respect ranges was distinctive. I might hardly name that “third world”. Tony Gaps, Pimble
Who would need second class?
Further pay for prime performing lecturers (Letter, October 7 will trigger bother for the mother and father. They are going to demand that their kids be taught by a “tremendous instructor”. Who could be able to take second finest? A extra appropriate wage for all certified lecturers is the one sensible answer. Ian Roberts, Warrywood
the horse has spoken
The Archbishop of Canterbury is worried that the division within the native Anglican Church “says that we don’t maintain onto the instructing of Christ … that his followers will probably be one” (“Anglican scholarship ‘much like politics’ , 7 October). A second’s thought may need reminded him that the horse had been herd centuries in the past. Jan Mackindo, Forest Lodge
The Archbishop of Canterbury is correct: division within the Anglican Church could be dangerous for the Church but it surely is also wonderful. In present-day Anglican historical past, the priceless message of affection, peace and hope is usually hidden behind arguments over irreconcilable variations. Actually our aim is to not protect the establishment however to explicitly preach Jesus. Rev. Nigel Fortescue, Senior Minister, Christ Church, St. Iveso
All these politicians try to encourage the youth to purchase homes. The Labor authorities can really assist by altering the damaging gearing regime, which advantages buyers. The perfect factor to do is to forestall buyers from claiming the curiosity on the mortgage as a tax deduction. Householders cannot. Set a date by which any new purchases won’t be claimable as a tax deduction. the rest is tampering John Rome, Mount Lawley (WA)
This week, Republic, the star of the pages of the final month’s letters, took a again seat because the authors delved into different subjects. The most important, the proposed uplift of the Warragamba Dam wall, started in the midst of the week and has been climbing steadily since then. There was no trickery: it began out as a full-blown flood that shortly grew to become a flood of letters inboxes. There have been too many papers to publish; Suffice it to say that not a single creator was in favor of it.
The taxation rumble continues and the authors are no less than cheering the thought of protecting the tax lower within the third part. They cannot see the purpose of giving extra money to the wealthy and the speak of not breaking labor guarantees is not slicing any ice.
Academics, as at all times, obtained lots of help this week towards the federal government’s views about paying the highest 10 p.c extra, apparently to encourage others. The thought was instantly chosen in items. Who would be the choose of who would be the higher instructor? Why would it not stop individuals from leaving the occupation? The questions had been many and the solutions had been few.
There was additionally robust dialogue about bringing residence Australian girls and youngsters trapped in Islamic State camps in Syria. Principally, the authors are in favor of it on humanitarian grounds and on sensible grounds that the returnees from overseas may be simply seen right here. Some authors say that is an excessive amount of of a danger for Australia.
Information that the brand new airport in western Sydney may open with out correct public transport resulting from funds troubles was handled with the final exaggerated mockery of Sydney stern commuters.
Harriet Veitch, Appearing Letter Editor
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