Political advisers are no match for general public servants

Just before obtaining way too fired up about plans to offer with COVID-19 we should really remember that viruses really don’t negotiate. Norm Neill, Darlinghurst

Albanese desires to take significant road

For Labor to be successful in successful authorities, Anthony Albanese and the ALP need to place ahead guidelines that enchantment to the decency of the citizens (“Albanese’s operate for the large league”, July 31-August 1). To declare that negative gearing and tax cuts for the abundant are now quite Ok just alienates voters who want a reasonable go for this nation. We want policies that differentiate Labor from the conservatives. We want to hear good strategies to ameliorate local weather improve, to carry about justice and a voice for Indigenous men and women, to guarantee strong security of the ecosystem – most considerably the Fantastic Barrier Reef – wage equality, social housing, funding for community colleges and a overall health process that does not rely on one’s purse. We have to have to know that the ALP is not an imitation of the Morrison governing administration – and to set the icing on the cake, why not guarantee to deliver back the spouse and children to Biloela? That is justice. Nola Tucker, Kiama

Not like Scott Morrison, who undermined his leaders to attain his intention, Anthony Albanese stood by Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd as they battled the rats in their ranks. If two primary ministers could thoroughly belief this very good and compassionate guy, so can the Australian persons. Tony Re, Georges Hall

Trapped inside

Kathy Lette reminds us (“Just 4 times in, I’m presently going a quaranteeny bit crazy”, July 31-August 1) that quarantine is uncomfortable. Even with a comfy bed, a see, a mobile phone, online accessibility and an en suite, it nonetheless involves two weeks’ restriction of flexibility, which practically everybody finds terrible. We must bear in mind this when individuals complain about “privileges” being offered to prisoners. It is the deprivation of freedom that is their punishment no added punishment is vital, as all those who have gone through quarantine should now recognize. Bronwyn Bryceson, Mangerton

How sweet it isn’t

I want that generalisations ended up not designed about Sydney’s “south west”. Campbelltown’s centre is 36 kilometres from Fairfield, 20km from Liverpool, and just about all emigrants right here (largely from New Zealand and the Pacific and the Indian sub-continent) converse English. And, for the sake of geriatrics dwelling on your own (myself 85), I also would like guidelines could be a tiny significantly less rigid. I can shop for sherry and have shirts washed and ironed, but simply cannot get sock-struggling toenails slash, or my mysterious unexpected emergency mobile topped up, or garments cleaned and, except coming as a chaplain to anoint the acacia or bless the boronia etc, could be closely fined if I walked in the vast open spaces of Mount Annan’s beautiful botanic gardens, just outside of my 5km restrict. Father John Bunyan, Campbelltown

Wince at The Prince

The Prince animated cartoon is disgusting, cruel bullying of the worst type of innocent royal children and must be known as out and banned, as any other type of bullying is (“Does this new Prince George spoof action over the line?”, smh.com.au, July 30). Picture the heartache this will bring about the royal loved ones and consider their tears when hoping to reveal this heartless sort of really questionable amusement to their small children. I am disgusted. Joy Paterson, Mount Annan

Property of the increasing sum

It is a fair guess that your correspondent (Letters, July 31-August 1) has a roof above his head. Of course, housing selling prices on the NSW North Coastline are a portion of Sydney rates. However, our wonderful beach locations and (constrained) work possibilities only serve to exacerbate the severe shortfall in the present offer of housing. Elementary economics: rising demand from customers while supply is minimal suggests residence charges can go in only 1 way. Regrettably, the ready time for those people in require of social housing in our area will, nevertheless once again, be extended. Col Shephard, Yamba

Seeing crimson flags

The Tokyo Olympics is exhibiting the current Australian flag as a countrywide embarrassment. A British Blue Ensign with a several stars tacked on is not the flag of an independent country. If it’s great plenty of for other former British colonies to update their colonial period flags, then definitely we can do the exact. Canada, India and South Africa are just a few countries that arrive to intellect. Maybe we need to have to commence small when it comes to updating our nationwide symbols our condition flags are even increased British colonial symbols. They’re out-of-date, and they want switching. It is time. Peter Jones, Rathmines

Olympic criteria

As we enjoy the Olympics it is heartwarming and reassuring to observe the competition. Overwhelmingly, their attitude is humility. Even in person sporting activities the team is graciously acknowledged. It is dispiriting to look at the perspective of our politicians now. It would be great if they could just take a leaf out of the Olympians’ reserve. Pauline Hyde, Coogee

A connect with to scissors

What a disgrace that the anti-federal government and anti-healthcare science folks couldn’t mob up and get indignant with each other (“More than 250 PINs, eight arrests as police lock Sydney inhabitants out of CBD amid protest fears”, smh.com.au, July 31). At least they even now have the flexibility to obtain by Zoom for a mass rejection of financial grants and chopping up their Medicare cards. Dave Watts, Avalon

Experience lucky?

The census type has arrived and we are currently being instructed, opposite to the former census, to fill in the kind now, ″⁣if we know we will be in our residence on census night time August 10″⁣. In these occasions of rampant COVID, how do we know we won’t be in hospital, dead or in jail for breaching lockdown?
Alan Edwards, Roseville

If any more proof of the actuality of weather modify had been needed, we experienced this year’s to start with pay a visit to from a koel on the afternoon of the final working day of July. David Sargeant, Jannali

Sing a music of sickness

Please include to the COVID-19 playlist You Ought to Be Inoculated, a pro-vaccination music (nevertheless to be published) centered on the vintage jingle for Meadow Lea margarine. Carrie Bengston, Clovelly

I appear to be hearing Smokey Robinson’s The Tears of a Clown on large rotation recently. Alan Carruthers, Artarmon

We’ll Meet up with Once more was composed in 1939, but it is just as related to the struggle we are in. Graham Lum, North Rocks