Morrison’s admission that he now “doesn’t engage in day-to-day politics” should come as disturbing information to his constituents in the citizens of Cook. Does this imply that any backbencher does the identical? Jan Bohan, Eastwood
On behalf of my gender, I can solely be relieved that Morrison didn’t copy Tony Abbott and appoint himself minister for ladies as properly. Or maybe he did — which might clarify quite a bit. Susanna Gorman, North Ryde
Morrison lastly bought one thing proper: sure, can’t belief the authorities (particularly his). Tanya Morton, Breakfast Point
Do we now have a better appreciation of the character of the former PM? Anthony Grigor, Camden Park
I’m questioning why that outdated saying “Jack of all trades, master of none” instantly got here to thoughts on studying the newest revelations about our former PM. David Harrold, Kellyville
The superb a part of this fiasco is that greatest ditherer (“it is not a race, not a competition”) may suppose that he may make choices in so many portfolios. Winston Etingoff-Lourie, Bilambil
For a person who gave himself so many further jobs to do, he nonetheless managed to realize nothing.
Quite the resumé. Josie McSkimming, Coogee
For me, the really astonishing factor is the former PM really did one thing — and didn’t announce it. Peter Fyfe, Enmore
Cure for healthcare ills is clear
Marie Healy’s causes for stopping bulk billing current a compelling argument for the federal authorities to scrap Medicare funds for major healthcare docs and make use of them on salaries in publicly funded clinics nationwide (“Why I’ve stopped bulk-billing after 20 years”, August 16). Jane Dargaville, Camperdown
The inherent goodwill and vocation of GPs serving their communities has been abused by governments for thus lengthy it has sapped the spirit of my colleagues.
The individuals who endure are our sufferers, and the many medical college students steering away from basic observe who will miss the privilege of being their GP. Ann Parker, Berrima
As a surgeon working in a busy public hospital, I believe your GP’s letter highlights the disaster dealing with basic observe (Letters, August 15). Not everybody realises the affect lack of entry to a GP has on the complete well being system. Our public hospitals are struggling at current, with lengthy delays, gridlocked emergency departments and a number of cancellations, and GP points are a significant component. Patients who can’t entry a GP both current to emergency or don’t search therapy, usually presenting later
with a way more advanced challenge. Our GPs are a useful and undervalued a part of our well being system. It wants pressing consideration to draw extra of our graduates and make basic observe extra sustainable. Bill Munro, Gosford
Emerging tales of the challenges of GP observe, as outlined by Marie Healy, are alarming for the Albanese authorities and all GP sufferers. If Healy had her time over once more, she most likely wouldn’t have chosen to turn out to be a GP, and it is vitally comprehensible why latest medication graduates are veering away from changing into GPs.
It is changing into abundantly clear that, amongst its many areas of neglect and inaction, the former federal authorities has presided over the hollowing-out of Medicare. Rebates have been frozen for a substantial time, inflicting GPs like Healy to discontinue bulk billing, and threatening the viability of some practices. In addition, some specialist procedures haven’t even been allotted Medicare merchandise numbers, that means that no rebates can be found. To add insult, the new well being minister has not too long ago found that the former authorities fudged the statistics on bulk-billing.
Voters rightly will probably be anticipating the Albanese authorities to rectify the mistreatment of Medicare by a succession of Coalition governments, to revive some semblance of a first-rate common well being care system. The precedence right here calls for that the legislated Stage 3 tax cuts be cancelled, and, as applicable, different tax measures be both launched or re-structured to make sure Medicare is correctly funded and sufferers can depend on receiving well being companies at cheap or negligible value. Ross Butler, Rodd Point
ABC’s older viewers are its most dear demographic
What absolute codswallop (“It seems Aunty has abandoned the kids” , August 16). Where are “the kids” of a Friday night? They are out with their mates at events, dance events, the older ones at nightclubs, bars … wherever.
Where are the older folks who’ve supported the ABC via thick and skinny over the previous a long time? Many of us in the autumn of our years are residence on Friday evenings. Why? Various causes – older age, chilly climate, creaky joints, lack of licence, poor public transport, poor well being. Or, as in our case, we fortunately select to remain residence to be comfortable and comfy after a scrumptious home-cooked meal, to observe the ABC.
The incontrovertible fact that Fran Kelly will probably be on what sounds to be a wonderful program at the ripe outdated age of 60, heaven forbid, is one thing to stay up for. Many of the older folks staying residence on Friday nights have a wealth of information about “culture” in all its types, a lot of it gained over the years by watching the ABC. They have extra “culture” of their little fingers than a 20-year-old hip hop artist or comic. Margaret-Anne Hayes, Turramurra
It is true that Australian employees are benefiting in the post-COVID jobs market. Perhaps we must always shut down the borders and ship residence the visa holders extra usually (“We have issues but work isn’t one”, August 16). Graeme Finn, Summer Hill
Lack of advantage
Recent occasions spotlight the farce of so-called “merit selection” (“Agent-general’s job application needed ‘massage’, papers show”, August 16). A pal of mine utilized for a authorities place wherein he had been performing for the earlier 18 months. A much less skilled particular person from exterior was appointed as a result of, as my pal was advised, “he did not sell himself in the interview and the other person did”. Another pal utilized for a instructing promotion in her college. She was already doing the position unofficially. She was not appointed as a result of the principal reasoned that they already had her at the college and the new applicant would carry different abilities. Sue Martin, Clareville
It appears that quite a lot of “massaging” is required to fill not solely this UK job, but additionally the New York one. Even then, issues haven’t gone easily. Perhaps the reply to the downside is to make sure there are physiotherapists on each choice panel for these senior jobs. John Slidziunas, Woonona
The world’s greatest fund supervisor, BlackRock, will roll out the world’s greatest funding in grid-scale batteries in a rustic with a few of the world’s largest deposits of minerals (“BlackRock to spend $1b on batteries in Australia as coal closures loom”, August 16). That nation is Australia and Melbourne firm Akaysha will make them. Now that’s a excellent news story. Ray Peck, Hawthorn (Vic)
Failed marketing campaign
Like Geoff Harding (Letters, August 16), I too bear in mind the “Teach in the Sun” marketing campaign in the UK. My recollection is that it attracted extra ridicule and humour than any rush to the recruitment workplace. The life-size posters confirmed a younger man standing on the seaside, legs aside and dressed solely in tutorial cap and robe and a pair of budgie smugglers. Brian Collins, Cronulla
Your correspondent rightly bemoans and deplores guardian and scholar abuse in direction of academics and principals (Letters, August 16). Sadly, they’ve taken their cue from the constant denigration of academics by politicians. While the politicians don’t advocate the violence, the denigration serves to encourage the disrespect that some will present subtly and others extra bodily. In addition to the workload and wage points that want addressing, assist for colleges and academics by society basically is important if we would like our youngsters to be well-educated in whichever college they attend.
Bill Irvine, Goulburn
I as soon as had a guardian so verbally violent and defaming that I terminated the “interview”, telling her I’d not proceed till I had a solicitor current. With that, she fell stunningly silent and I walked away. The scholar, a hard Year 9 woman, remained in my class however with a really completely different behavioural set thereafter. Brian Roach, Whitebridge
I agree with former principal Robyn Cupitt, however the different elephant in the room is the bullying and discrimination skilled by many older academics from senior executives and younger workers who’re attempting to climb the promotion ladder properly earlier than their time. Bruce Cuneo, Mortdale
I’ve, for the previous two years, been concerned with a public college to help HSC college students affected by COVID lockdowns. During that point I’ve seen how laborious the academics work, how devoted they’re to instil a ardour for studying and the way usually they’re referred to as upon to fill in for different academics. The present scarcity of academics is a shame and a blight on our neighborhood. We have to rally behind them to once more carry their skilled standing. Just do it. Michael Blissenden, Dural
Ride the wind
When I used to be in Copenhagen, pre-COVID, I used to be excited to see the lovely bridge to Malmo, Sweden, featured in the wonderful Nordic thriller Bron/The Bridge (Letters, August 16).
I used to be additionally happy, if not excited, to see the line of wind generators sweeping throughout the water alongside the bridge. They seemed lovely: sleek and proper. We will rapidly get used to seeing related ones off our coast. Susan Jones, Hamilton
Rum foreign money
May I remind your correspondent (Letters, August 16) that Sydney Hospital, the first hospital established in Australia, was established on the sale of rum. Indeed, the crest on the hospital coat of arms incorporates a sea eagle perched on a rum barrel, signifying the constructing of the hospital financed by the rum foreign money. Sydney Hospital’s motto is “Ut Primus Sic Optimus”, which translated means “As the first, so the best”. John Niesche, Paddington
Man of the hour
Among the day by day gloom reported, a narrative offers pleasure and hope (“Cometh the hour, cometh the Mannix, a bush footy hero”, August 15). Seventeen-year-old Mannix Hunt steps as much as information the Barcaldine Sandgoannas to a grand last victory. In doing so, he lifts the spirit of a complete bush neighborhood. John Cotterill, Kingsford
Needless loss of life
Why can we kill animals when the danger to human security relies solely on human stupidity (“Crowds spell end for Freya”, August 16)? Tim Schroder, Gordon
Let’s preserve the silo artwork itself and the NSW Independent Planning Commission can resolve the destiny of the billboard (“Glebe Island billboard up in blights”, August 16). Those silos are a part of our heritage, as are the photographs on them. Along with the few remaining marathon blue traces and Olympic venues, they’re a tangible reminder from 2000 of a magical two weeks. Lyn Langtry, East Ryde
Will be accomplished
Further to the hope that the use of “unprecedented will be abandoned any time soon” (Letters, August 15), I’ll add my hopes that the phrase “anytime soon” will probably be deserted “in the near future” and even simply “soon”. Geoff Lyons, Lane Cove
The digital view
Online remark from considered one of the tales that attracted the most reader suggestions yesterday on smh.com.au
Scott Morrison, a well-primed minister for everything
From Luckorks: “I don’t hold the hose mate, but I do control the mains water tap. What a juxtaposition to blame everyone else around you but want total control.”
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