On the money

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It is in­struc­tive that you have cho­sen to fea­ture two right-wing pinup boys on your past two cov­ers. First Greg Nor­man, who’s an ad­mirer of Don­ald Trump but ad­mits that “he is his own worst en­emy”. (No, Greg, he is not, he is Amer­ica’s worst en­emy and po­ten­tially the rest of the world’s.) And then An­drew Hastie, the “poster boy for con­ser­va­tive pol­i­tics” who is given space to air his views on same-sex mar­riage just as we are all tak­ing part in the postal vote. Can we have some bal­ance please? I feel we have a fu­ture leader in An­drew Hastie. We should be hon­oured to have some­one in our Par­lia­ment who fought on for­eign soil for our be­liefs and safety. There aren’t too many of them on the par­lia­men­tary benches, on ei­ther side. It is ob­vi­ous that Hastie loves his coun­try and wants to keep our free­dom and the life we trea­sure so much. Pa­tri­cia M. Smith Mount Martha, Vic Thanks to John Leth­lean for an­other bril­liant ob­ser­va­tion of in­ep­ti­tude in Aus­tralian hos­pi­tal­ity (restau­rant re­view, Sep 23-24). This week, on my birth­day, I walked into a half-full bar/ cafe in Perth with two others, only to be told that “We don’t do ta­bles for three”. Give me strength! Read­ers may be pleased to learn that plenty of good work is be­ing done to save some of our threat­ened species (“Skippy, come home?” Nikki Gem­mell, Sep 16-17). The Foun­da­tion for Aus­tralia’s Most En­dan­gered Species has helped to es­tab­lish a self-sus­tain­ing pop­u­la­tion of west­ern quolls and brush-tailed pos­sums in the North­ern Flin­ders Ranges of South Aus­tralia af­ter nearly 50 years of ex­tinc­tion in the re­gion; it is con­tribut­ing to res­cu­ing the Tas­ma­nian Devil and a pop­u­la­tion of num­bats in WA, deal­ing with feral preda­tors and restor­ing the ecol­ogy of sev­eral habi­tats. Tracy McNa­mara CEO, FAME North Ade­laide, SA Damien Black­well Mount Stu­art, Tas I thor­oughly en­joyed read­ing Mar­ian Keyes’ hon­est and hi­lar­i­ous piece about her mar­riage. I iden­tify with how the sound of her hus­band eat­ing an ap­ple makes her want to “bring an axe to his head”! But that is part of be­ing in a re­la­tion­ship, un­for­tu­nately. There will al­ways be cer­tain habits that an­noy on both sides. Su­san Mun­day Bentleigh East, Vic

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