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The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

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

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