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The id­i­otic en­ergy poli­cies we have been sub­jected to by politi­cians of all stripes are proof of Al­bert Ein­stein’s ob­ser­va­tion that there are two in­fi­nite things — the uni­verse and hu­man stu­pid­ity. Greg Kater, Sanc­tu­ary Cove, Qld En­ergy Min­is­ter Josh Fry­den­berg is propos­ing to pay in­cen­tives to house­holds to turn down air­con­di­tion­ers this sum­mer to save power (11/10). Will house­holds that have opted not to have an air­con­di­tioner in the in­ter­ests of en­vi­ron­men­tal pru­dence be in­cluded in this gov­ern­ment handout? Gor­don Abra­ham, Gee­long, Vic It is scarcely be­liev­able that our En­ergy Min­is­ter’s so­lu­tion to the en­ergy disas­ter is to pay peo­ple not to use elec­tric­ity. The next hot day will see me use all my ap­pli­ances and air­con­di­tion­ers. Hope­fully the power will go out and peo­ple will re­alise the id­iocy that has brought us to this. David Mered­ith, Sin­gle­ton, NSW When the black­outs start, will the re­new­able en­ergy apos­tles con­tinue to lam­poon Tony Ab­bott? Owen Reid, Dun­lop, ACT It’s re­mark­able how politi­cians can spend tax­pay­ers’ money to pay their le­gal bills but can’t find ex­tra money for le­gal aid. Their des­per­a­tion to save their own skin shows they be­lieve they are en­ti­tled to be treated dif­fer­ently to the rest of us. Charles Stan­ford, Bondi, NSW At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Ge­orge Bran­dis has of­fered to use tax­payer funds to pay the costs of all par­ties to ex­pe­dite the hear­ing of the Aus­tralian ci­ti­zen­ship fi­asco. How nice of him. Just an­other case of we tax­pay­ing mor­tals fund­ing pol­lies’ fol­lies. Penni Seignior, Mudgeer­aba, Qld Har­vey We­in­stein has em­bar­rassed se­nior Democrats who took his money. But the best sup­port­ing award must go to the ac­tors and ac­tresses who fawned over him at the same time they were cas­ti­gat­ing Don­ald Trump’s sex­ual boast­ing. John Bus­sel­maier, New Farm, Qld Will Hollywood iden­ti­ties be asked a ques­tion fa­mil­iar to the US House Un-Amer­i­can Ac­tiv­i­ties Com­mit­tee in the 1950s, mod­i­fied to to­day’s events: “Are you now or have you ever been a mem­ber of a Har­vey We­in­stein pro­duc­tion?” Philip Glais­ter, Bris­bane, Qld The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the photo of the bare-breasted woman wear­ing a premier­ship medal­lion shows every sign of es­ca­lat­ing into a full-on witch-hunt. Surely the blame should be laid at the feet of the young air­head who thought it would be good idea to take off her blouse, hang the medal round her neck, then al­low some­one to take pic­tures. What could pos­si­bly go wrong with that? Gary Carter, Leem­ing, WA

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