Keep up the good work
Last week began the third year of my subscription.
The recent edition immediately rewarded with its articles exhibiting a commendable – if not coincidental – unity of theme. Does signing on for citizenship mean writing off any hope for a diverse, tolerant Australia (Karen Middleton)? Those in power seem comfortable preserving the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians (Editorial), punishing or purging the unemployed and the mentally ill (Anonymous, Martin McKenzie-Murray), while overfunding and overextending our military capacity (Mike Gilligan) so that this “way of life” might continue. Inverting Tony Benn, we can find money to kill people, but we can’t find money to help people. Granted, in a hierarchy of needs, survival precedes self-actualisation, but surely defence against climate change is as vital as national defence? The prime minister’s solar-panelled roof reflects this reality, even if his government’s policies don’t (Mike Seccombe). In this dark age of domestic politics, it helps to be reminded that any policy agenda is a choice, not an inevitability. Thank you, TSP, for consistently aligning the issues and shining a light.
– Daniel De Voss, Nundah, Qld