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Rather than get all de­fen­sive about the Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter’s claim that the May bud­get will con­tain some good­ies from Scott “Santa Claus” Mor­ri­son, the Trea­surer should de­clare that his only KPI is to earn the nick­name “Scrooge”.

Mandy Macmil­lan, Sin­gle­ton, NSW

As if stu­dents as young as eight don’t get enough at school al­ready! NAPLAN prepa­ra­tion classes have been held in li­braries and swim­ming cen­tres in Syd­ney over the school hol­i­days. This is clear ev­i­dence that DA-PLAN is not work­ing!

Ken John­ston, Rochedale South, Qld

With the Mid­dle East un­sta­ble due to events in Syria and Is­rael, a stand­off in the South China Sea, con­cerns about struc­tural re­form to our tax sys­tem and the on­go­ing ar­gu­ment about busi­ness taxes, what do the Greens con­trib­ute? They want to le­galise weed. At least we can now un­der­stand how they came up with their re­cent pol­icy of­fer­ings.

An­drew Weeks, Ren­mark, SA

If La­bor wants to get its rank and file back it needs to rep­re­sent gen­uine blue col­lar is­sues and not mid­dle­class is­sues like en­vi­ron­ment and “man-made cli­mate change”.

Labour needs to get back to bread and but­ter is­sues of con­cern to its sup­port­ers such as job se­cu­rity and af­ford­able hous­ing. It should sever links with the Greens, who have nowhere else to go.

Greg Byrne, Wan­tirna South, Vic

To put cli­mate change de­nial in fur­ther per­spec­tive, (Let­ters, 17/4) even in­dus­tries ex­cluded from the Paris cli­mate agree­ment are slash­ing green­house gas emis­sions (“Ship­ping in­dus­try pact on emis­sions”, 16/4), so the events of “15,000 years ago” have as much rel­e­vance to present day re­al­ity as global warm­ing de­niers them­selves — zero. The im­mutable tran­si­tion to a low CO2 emis­sions fu­ture is thus a no-brainer. Chris Roy­lance, Padding­ton, Qld

Pete Smith of Brind­abella is not play­ing fair bring­ing rel­e­vant facts of his­tory into the cli­mate change de­bate. (Let­ters, 17/4) It’s very up­set­ting for peo­ple who des­per­ately need a cause. Phil Tucker, Hodg­son Vale, Qld

The UN now urges Aus­tralia to take the refugees from Nauru and Manus be­fore South African farm­ers. The for­mer are il­le­gal en­tries, the lat­ter, le­git­i­mate en­tries via a hu­man­i­tar­ian visa. The UN should lec­ture some of its mem­bers who are hu­man rights abusers be­fore telling us how to run our bor­der pro­tec­tion pol­icy that is the envy of oth­ers na­tions. John Par­tridge, Manly, NSW

If moral­ity were a cri­te­ria to be US pres­i­dent then I sup­pose Bill Clinton and JFK would never have been elected (“Trump ‘morally un­fit’ for pres­i­dent”, 17/4). Ri­ley Brown, Bondi Beach, NSW

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