Letters to the press: not published

Premier Barry O’Farrell and the Reverend Fred Nile (Letters, August 1) could both learn from Sunday’s gospel of the loaves and fishes.
The Lord fed the masses, unquestionably an ethical act, however He did it.
Fred’s political maneuvering with questionable legislation, and Barry’s attack on the future wages of some public sector employees in NSW,leaves me thinking that both men need lessons in moral behaviour.
We all know that teachers are an easier target than police, even if in many instances they are often more deserving.

I, like Graeme Smith (Letters, August 3), was perplexed that Gail Kelly would allow Westpac to be associated with a brothel development in Sydney.
It is a deal, I suspect, that will come back to haunt Ms Kelly and Westpac.
Perhaps a more appropriate title for Graeme’s next film would be
“Bad B(a)onker”.
Would Ms Kelly be prepared to be photographed with the brothel management and sex workers when the bordello is completed?

Civil law may try to break the seal of confession, (“Call to end confessional confidentiality”, July 22), but the sacramental regulations of the church must maintain the general obligation of secrecy regarding what a priest hears in confession. There is no offense worse than for a confessor to reveal what is heard in confession. The example of St John of Nepomuk who died in the 14th century rather than tell his king what the queen had said in confession is as pertinent today as it was then.

In our current carbon tax debate in Australia, Marshall McLuhan’s wisdom is evident, for indeed, “the medium is the message”.

Tribute to Trevor Davies
Goodness is an intangible quality that exists in some persons and yet is readily detectable. Trevor Davies was a shining example of a person of goodness
— a true gentleman, in John Henry Neman’s terms of ‘one who never inflicts pain.’ Trevor felt the pain of others and fought to redress social and political injustice. His sudden death removes from Sydney a community activist whose presence in the media, streets and in political, social and church gatherings was an inspiration and encouragement to so many.
Trevor, you will be sorely missed but your life will continue to be a catalyst for good.
Deborah and David Wall

Oh dear, the ins and outs of our Federal Government’s policies never cease to amaze me. The proposed advertising campaign for a carbon tax that hasn’t been worked out costing 12 million dollars, and the scrapping of financial support for tuberculosis clinics in the Torres Strait which could be well maintained on a shared basis with the Queensland State Government for a mere $18.9 million, leads one to question the intelligence of government decisions. We are told that AUSAID will be increased to PNG so that they can run their own TB clinics, but for anyone who knows anything about foreign aid programmes, there are always many intangibles associated with them. However good the aid is, to my mind, this does not justify abandoning a working service that is actually delivering for some sort of ‘pie in the sky’ that might be successful in the future.
We should continue to treat PNG Nationals visiting the Torres Strait Islands, which is their right, first for humanitarian reasons and for the practical reason of stopping the development of drug resistant tuberculosis which will eventually reach the Australian mainland if not adequately treated and stopped at our borders.

(“Convicts,gays,expats- where do apologies stop?”, July 1). But why should the apologies stop? I’d like apologies from the governments of Britain, Australia and New Zealand for the persecution and discrimination my Catholic English and Irish ancestors suffered since the Reformation in England and at the hands of the early Protestant ascendancies in Victoria, New South Wales and Christchurch, New Zealand. Anti-Catholicism was rampant in the UK and colonies, and by no means stopped with the Act of Catholic Emancipation in 1829.

It may well have been(“A BIG DAY FOR… THE BELVOIR”, May 31). But I’m as sure as hell David Marr didn’t write a ‘foreward’.


  1. Beng said,

    This is a lot! Good to know you’re writing again, Dave.

  2. Norman Wilson said,

    Recent report in the press last week where the Victorian Police is investigating a long series of child abuse claims by priests at a Ballarat school. The report suggested that as many as 30 young people so abused may well have committed suicide as a result of the abuse. This is a major tragedy. Had the wrong-headed sanctity of the confessional not been in place then these young people may not have taken the drastic decision to suicide. Who the f*** is responsible for allowing such an outdated stricture to remain in place.

  3. Antony Ruhan said,

    Gutsy, pithy and wide ranging wide over time and space. However, as a resident in the upper middle-class, trendy suburb of Newtown, you could dare Gail Kelly to pose in front of the cat-house, when one from lowly Redfern could never do it. Go for it!

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