Late bill causes more pain and unnecessary suffering

Government grants awarded before the close of applications. Majority of high value grants awarded through “closed, non-competitive processes”. More than half of grants for rural Australia go to cities (“55% of regional grants go to big cities”, October 20). Voters’ anger at sports and the suburban parking lot campaign has gone nowhere and never will until a federal integrity agency is established. We deserve better. Lorraine Hickey, Pointe Verte

Australia deserves, but does not receive, the honesty and integrity of its politicians. More than half of federal regional development grants went to big cities, the most favored Coalition seats, most of the money was given out just before an election, and less than 8% of funds went to remote areas. Similar problems are occurring in New South Wales, where inappropriate subsidies were justified by the former prime minister as being acceptable because both parties are doing it. Government funding for political gain is not acceptable, it is the misuse of taxpayer funds that undermines our democratic process. We will not see honest and ethical behavior on the part of politicians and fair elections until the misuse of taxpayer money becomes a criminal offense. Keith Woodward, Avalon Beach

In corporate contract law, we had a series of standard inclusions in our contracts, including a clawback subject to arbitration, for any grant or the like that we granted if the facts on the ground subsequently changed. The government left about $ 27 billion of our money to businesses that didn’t need it in JobKeeper, largely a cohort of Coalition supporters. In contrast, they have argued for years that the transition to clean energy is a cost the economy cannot afford, while political donations remain opaque. We should be concerned about the passive nature of our democracy if these people return to power. Peter Spencer, Glebe

Today we read the Auditor General’s conclusions that most of the money for regional development goes to capitals. It would all make perfect sense if Coogee and Campbelltown were in the regions. However, this is a subject on which MEPs from the regions could be active once some of them have settled energy policy with their colleagues. Judy Sherrington, Kensington

Borrowing levels keep prices up

Peter Tulip’s response to housing affordability (“Do you want to improve housing affordability?” October 20) fails to recognize or quantify the number of empty apartments that are already inactive, or to discuss the slowness of the introduction of new apartments on the market by developers to control prices. He also doesn’t talk about the biggest elephant in the room – the borrowing ability. When interest rates were higher and banks weren’t ready to lend such huge sums of money, house prices were much lower. Elizabeth Darton, Lane Cove West

An easy first step to improving housing affordability is to ban auctions. Get people to put a price on a house and the first person to sign a contract gets it.
Mark Anderson, Coogee

Peter Tulip’s solution to the housing affordability crisis is to turn Sydney into Hong Kong. No thanks. Pierre Mars, Vaucluse

Expanding the reach of DV assistance

Your correspondent (Letters, October 20) rightly commends the NSW government for providing money to build shelters and safe homes for women victims of domestic violence. She also says that “repeated violations of FVOs, criminal harassment, coercive and controlling behavior, lack of effective legal procedures and support seem to be precursors to the murder. Torturers, sympathy and promises of after-the-fact action for the many, many murdered women will not solve the problem. “
What is needed are much stricter laws, allowing the presiding judge / judge, if applicable, to confiscate the family home and all property of the perpetrator and attribute it to the victim, then d ” imprison the offender (keep him locked up and prevent reprisals). The victim could then, if he wished, sell the accommodation and change his address. Ian Usman Lewis, Kentucky

Additional funding to build new shelters for domestic violence is commendable and by all means congratulate the Prime Minister. But it would do all of these women at risk a huge disservice because shelters have closed and dedicated domestic violence workers have been sacked if we don’t recognize that it was the NSW government that had. exacerbated the crisis in the first place. Its radical Going Home program, Staying Home of 2014, according to women’s rights group SOS Women’s Services, has wreaked havoc.
Maybe Dominic Perrottet recognizes his government’s mistake and tries to redeem himself, but how impressive would it be for a politician to break the mold by acknowledging the mistakes made? Unless responsibility is taken, policy errors will continue to occur. Alison Stewart, Riverview

Forrest shows growth

It’s a shame Andrew Forrest is probably too smart to think about getting into politics (“Mine Tycoon Urges Xi to Go to Glasgow,” October 20). He certainly says it all about a green future and the Nationals’ outright “great reputation”. If Forrest created his own political party, what could be the result? A future PM? One thing is certain: the electorate is fed up with leavers and is not impressed by the opposition. We are all looking for a viable alternative, with the improvement of Australia at their heart. Forrest could be the answer. Stewart Copper, Maroubra

Andrew Forrest is a smart man who can see that the future is renewable energy and will certainly benefit from it. Why our leaders cannot see the same and are so reluctant to engage in strong climate policy is baffling. Government pressure for coal power is archaic and is holding the nation back when we could be at the forefront with green energy and capitalize on a green economy. Daniela Catalano, Haberfield

Unnecessary political ads

Can I suggest any political donation (Letters, October 20)? The large sums of money paid to political parties are the reasons we are bombarded from all sides with political advertisements before an election. Let’s just vote on the past performance of the current government and decide if we need an alternative administration. We learn enough about politicians and media personalities, so why fill our mailboxes and advertising screens that we don’t need? Robyn Lewis, Raglan

Hard shoes to fill

Avid readers of The Herald will be sadly missed by Lisa Davies (“Herald Editor-in-Chief Lisa Davies Resigns”, October 20). Goodbye and good luck. Graham Lum, Northern Rocks

Properly plan the migration

The government therefore wants to investigate the increase in migration by the hundreds of thousands per year (“Treasurer reports new migrant program,” 20 October). Hopefully housing and water availability are part of this consideration. It seems we can’t even provide housing for those who are already here, and water pressures are a growing problem in Sydney and in rural areas. Susan Tregeagle, Yarralumla (ACT)

It was a great disappointment to read that federal and state governments approve a significant increase in the number of migrants. One of the only benefits of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has slowed the increase in Australia’s population. Australia is an environmental disaster due to its ever growing population. Before making short-term commitments, the government must adopt a population policy and stick to it. Sydney is already full: ask our commuters. The government says it is more concerned about house prices. It would have been a much larger increase with, say, another 200,000 people looking for housing. David Griffiths, manly

Celestial creatures

Let’s face it, death under another name is spelled the same way (Letters, October 20). BTW, for those who might be missing out on paradise, I understand that the alternative offers a lot of company. Edward Loong, Milsons Point

I totally agree with “deceased”, let alone “deceased”. I hope there is life after death, if only so I can come back to haunt anyone who uses these terms about me. Rebecca Hingerty, Chatswood

But how will you be “ultimately disappointed” if you are dead and there is no heaven or whatever? John Flint, Saint-Léonard

Courage, paradise exists. The condition for entering the good book is repentance; to believe; obey. Nan Howard, Camden

Evolution of the species

If humans hadn’t spent so much time standing (Letters, October 20), we wouldn’t have put so much stress on our pelvic floor muscles. Obviously, they were not designed to last until our old age. I blame Adam and Eve. Penelope Layton-Caisley, Marrickville

I fully support Mustafa Erem. My feeling is that exercise should be banned – you can injure yourself. Vivienne Potter, Gowrie (ACT)

The digital view
Online commentary on one of the stories that attracted the most reader comments yesterday on
Rethinking migration: a hike on the maps for post-pandemic recovery
Of Red fox: ″ ⁣Large-scale immigration creating economic growth is equal to the trickle-down economy. Economists talk about it a lot, but they can’t prove either. I’m just wondering where Josh is going to house all these immigrants because right now we have a housing crisis that he is totally unable to address. ″ ⁣

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