Dutton’s super-iority is dangerous oddity

Most Australians will agree with Greg Sheridan’s opinion piece (“Rushed decision on home affairs could very quickly turn out to be a mistake”, The Australian 22/7/2017) highlighting several serious concerns of national importance. My concern is that this move will lead Australia to being a police state under Dutton. Australia’s national security has become …

Same-same all untouchables

Editor: Despite India liberating untouchables (who live in ghettos) the practice continues. The ABC is airing the BBC’s ‘Joanna Lumley’s India’.  In the program, she visits an untouchable mother whose son had been killed.  Why? Her untouchable son had touched milk in a dairy and ruined it.  Nobody was charged with his murder. …

Australian Constitution is a secular text

Kevin Donnelly’s criticism of the predominant view that Australia is not a Christian country is based on spurious arguments (‘Let’s not deny our Christian roots’, Australian, 15/6). Australia has Christian roots in the sense that it was colonised by a world power, Britain, which called itself Christian.  There was little of Christ’s teaching in British colonial …

Save criminals from polly radicalisation

So, three of the idealogical ‘stooges’ of the Turnbull government, ministers Hunt, Sukkar & Tudge, could face hard time in the slammer for contempt of court (“Ministers to be hauled before Supreme Court after criticising terror sentencing”, Canberra Times, 15 June). We can only hope that they won’t find themselves facing …

Spooks should move to Russia, Egypt

Someone should “politely” suggest to ASIO spooks that they move to Putin’s Russia or Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s Egypt where their requests for coercive powers would be readily granted (“Spies eye broader powers”, June 13, p1-2, Canberra Times). Placing the whole population in “protective” custody would be the ultimate security strategy. …

Lessons from a Labour loss…

Peter Hartcher argues that Anthony Albanese could be, like Jeremy Corbyn, the candidate of ‘authenticity’ (‘Why Albanese benefits from UK result’ SMH 13 June pages 16-17). This misunderstands the Corbyn phenomenon in the UK. His authenticity comes from having stood outside the mainstream consensus on austerity and war for 35 years. …