“Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, but I think ‘Oh bondage, up yours!'”: Lyrics to a famous punk song written in the last century, with an important underlying message including Parnell Palme McGuiness should take note (“Please Not in the Name of Feminism,” Nov. 15).
Gone are the days when powerful men could alter women’s futures and get away with it, regardless of their political beliefs. A big thank you to Four corners to get the job done. This bride, mother and daughter is grateful. Dorin Suciu, Valentin
With all the labor relations scandals and subsequent resignations, we could end up with no one to turn the wheels on (“Nine Bosses Resigns Due to Labor Relations,” November 15). Graham Lum, North Rocks
A hymn for all
Fitz discusses the problems of changing the “girt” in the national anthem (“We are one: let’s keep singing it from the rooftops”, November 15). He suggests using We are australian like the hymn. He has his own problems, sexism: “I am a settler, I am a farmer’s wife”. “A condemned man, then a free man” ‘.
Why wasn’t there a farmer’s husband and a free wife? It’s unconscious sexism, like our $ 2 coin. There is only one native man, no woman to see. The $ 50 bill has another native man. No native women on any of the other notes. Dennis O’Hara, Wanniassa (ACT)
Lost his shepherd
When Joe Biden finally ascends to the American presidency, I predict a real problem for our Prime Minister (“Trump breaks his silence but does not have it”, November 17). How can he copy the Quiet Biden; what slogans can he take up and use; what line of public relations can he absorb?
He has become more Trump-like over time, finally ending a recent speech with “God Bless Australia”. I have no objection to asking God for help, but isn’t it really a private matter? I wanted to jump to my feet with my hand on my heart waving a flag. I almost broke into The star spangled banner, Sorry, Advance Australia Fair. Gloria Healey, Neutral Bay.
(Lots of) level playing fields
As the grandparents of children attending a famous public school in Northern Beaches, we read your story with desperation (“Wealthy Schools Raise Millions in Grants,” November 15). Where is the funding equality of this Liberal government? Is it the policy of the Berejiklian government to penalize children who cannot yet vote? Margaret Dean, Mount Wilson
It seems that little money is spent in public schools; wealthy private schools receive far more than their fair share. When will we have a government prepared to stop funding the elite and even the rules of the game? Peter Miniutti, Ashbury
Coalfire gets cold
Weatherill-Emerson’s review of federal labor policies following his election defeat in May 2019 indicates that “Labor should recognize that coal mining will be an Australian industry for the foreseeable future” (“Labor Divided in identity crisis ”, November 15). It is a disturbing statement.
While metallurgical (or coking) coal, used in steelmaking, will meet this prediction: thermal coal, used in power generation, is destined for an early exit. The International Energy Agency has concluded that renewable energy, driven by solar and wind power, will overtake thermal coal as the world’s largest source of electricity over the next five years. In Australia, none of the Big Four banks are willing to expose their shareholders to the risks posed by thermal coal, and the Apollo syndicate of Lloyd’s of London has refused to insure the Adani thermal coal mine project.
Thermal coal has had its day and its supporters have to get used to an “inconvenient truth”. Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin (ACT)